Taco van der Mast is a partner at Bendel, van der Mast & Co. B.V., in Laren, The Netherlands, a corporate finance and private equity boutique established in 1999. He is also a member of the Board of the De Poli Tankers group, based in Barendrecht, The Netherlands, a medium-sized owner of chemical tankers and gas carriers. In addition, he is a non-executive director of number of other companies inside and outside shipping.From 2002 to 2009, Mr Van der Mast was MD at NIBC Bank N.V. in The Hague, responsible for Transport and Energy. From 1985 to 1999, he worked at J.P. Morgan & Co. in London and Amsterdam, as a managing director responsible for the bank’s global transportation business sector and later also for its corporate finance and M&A business in the Netherlands. Earlier, from 1975 to 1985, he worked at Royal Vopak N.V., a Dutch tank storage and transportation group, with postings in Rotterdam, Jakarta and London. Mr Van der Mast graduated form the Ecole supérieure de Commerce in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and has a Master’s degree in Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands.