Public company data often serves as the basis for valuing privately held businesses. This article highlights four important differences between these types of businesses that valuation experts need to consider: size, level of sophistication, access to capital and internal controls.
Business valuations typically are not designed to unearth fraud. But experts need to be on the lookout for signs of fraud and, when necessary, may expand the scope of the engagement to include forensic accounting services. This article explains how business valuation experts assess fraud risks and adjust their procedures to achieve an accurate conclusion.
Two divergent valuation reports were prepared for a law firm: first, in 2012 for a partner’s divorce in 2012; second, in 2014 for a partner dispute. This article explains how the discrepancy between the conclusions was handled by the courts, highlighting the importance of disclosing prior business valuations and reconciling any discrepancies to preserve the admissibility of appraisal evidence.
Finch v. Campbell, Mo. App., 2017 WL 6329924, December 12, 2017