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A Written Report Can Validate an Experts Method

A Written Report Can Validate an Experts Method

Posted by Douglas Sosnowski on May 30, 2017

Expert witness testimony can sometimes make or break a case. A recent federal district court case shows how a comprehensive written report can demonstrate that experts used proven financial theories and techniques to arrive at their conclusion.

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Stallone Fights Studio’s Accounting Methods

Stallone Fights Studio’s Accounting Methods

Posted by Louis Cercone Jr. on May 30, 2017

Contracts that include contingent consideration can lead to disputes regarding key definitions, as well as the amount and timing of payouts. Here are the details of a high-profile accounting dispute that started more than two decades ago between Sylvester Stallone’s production company and a major movie studio involving the 1993 movie Demolition Man.

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Valuing A Minority Interest in Pass-Through Entities

Valuing A Minority Interest in Pass-Through Entities

Posted by Louis Cercone Jr. on April 26, 2017

Here’s some guidance compiled by the IRS on valuing S corporations that extends beyond valuation prepared for tax purposes, as well as an explanation as to how tax reform proposals might change investors’ perceptions of pass-through entities in the future. 

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Measure Owners’ Compensation With the Independent Investor Test

Measure Owners’ Compensation With the Independent Investor Test

Posted by Douglas Sosnowski on March 20, 2017

The U.S. Tax Court recently addressed the issue of reasonable compensation. This is a subjective matter that is closely related to replacement compensation for shareholder disputes and divorce cases. 

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Delaware Court Relies on Merger Price in Appraisal Case

Delaware Court Relies on Merger Price in Appraisal Case

Posted by Louis Cercone Jr. on March 20, 2017

A fundamental question in dissenting shareholder cases is: Does merger price provide an accurate estimate of fair value? To find the answer, courts often consider the negotiation process and relationships between the seller and prospective buyers. A recent Delaware appraisal rights case demonstrates how valuation experts can help evaluate price, as well as calculate alternative fair value estimates using other approaches.

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Factoring Uncertainty into the Value of Your Business

Factoring Uncertainty into the Value of Your Business

Posted by William Allen on February 20, 2017

Businesses currently face numerous uncertainties in the marketplace. Some of these possible changes could be good for your business, while others could have negative effects on the value of your business.

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Goodwill Impairment Testing May Soon be Easier

Goodwill Impairment Testing May Soon be Easier

Posted by on January 25, 2017

Reporting goodwill in business combinations and testing it for impairment can be confusing — and often requires the use of outside valuation professionals. Here’s why investors are concerned about impairment and what changes are coming soon to the goodwill accounting rules. We’ll also discuss a recent study that reports a substantial increase in impairment losses among U.S. public companies.

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