Michael B. Lehner, CPA/ABV, CFE, ASA
April 19, 2019
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Market approach: How to pick a relevant pricing multiple in Business Valuation

Courts tend to prefer the market approach in business valuation, because it’s based on real-world “comparable” transactions. This article identifies different pricing multiples that may be used in the market approach and explains when each one tends to work best. Statistical tools can help business valuation experts evaluate which multiples are most relevant based on market evidence.
April 14, 2019
Differentiating active vs. passive appreciation in divorce

Differentiating active vs. passive appreciation in divorce

The laws in most states make a distinction between marital and separate property for purposes of marital dissolution. In cases where property increases in value during the marriage, experts may be hired to determine whether that appreciation is passive or active. This article explains the difference between these terms and why it matters when divvying up a marital estate in divorce. A sidebar highlights the need to take a holistic approach when differentiating between the active and passive appreciation when valuing a business. Bair v. Bair, 214 So. 3d 750 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2017)
April 7, 2019
Delaware Block Business Valuation

Dissenting shareholders – What’s the fair value of the interest

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently turned to case law from Delaware to decide on the appropriate method to value shares in appraisal rights actions. This article explains how the Delaware Block method works and why the state supreme court decided to allow “any technique or method that’s generally acceptable in the financial community and admissible in court.” Athlon Sports Communications v. Stephen Duggan, et al., No. M2015-02222-SC-R11-CV, June 8, 2018 Weinberger v. UOP, Inc., 457 A.2d 701, 712-13, Del. 1983
April 1, 2019
Hire a business valuation pro to help with due diligence

Hire a business valuation pro to help with due diligence

The U.S. merger and acquisition (M&A) market hit a record high in 2018. That momentum is expected to continue in 2019. But, before you get swept away in the hype, it’s important to do your homework. This article explains the importance of conducting thorough due diligence and preparing detailed financial projections before you close on a deal.