More courts KO DLOM when business won’t be sold

BVWireIssue #244-3
January 25, 2023

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Keep an eye out for courts in more states deciding to eliminate a discount for lack of marketability (DLOM) depending on whether the business will be sold. During a recent webinar that discussed several recent valuation-related cases, the observation was that it appears that more states are applying this factor as an issue. This seems to be a modification of the fair market value standard, i.e., a hypothetical sale is ignored. In one divorce case discussed, Fair v. Fair in Louisiana, the expert applied a discount to the husband’s 100% interest. While there’s no consensus in the valuation profession that a discount should be taken on a 100% interest, there is supporting evidence for the discount, and many experts do apply it or at least consider it. But the court appeared to focus on the fact that the company was not to be sold, so it rejected the DLOM, and an appellate court affirmed. Will this apparent trend become more widespread regardless of jurisdiction? Stay tuned!

BVLaw editor Jim Alerding (Alerding Consulting LLC), veteran valuation expert Jim Ewart (James D. Ewart LLC), and attorney Andrew Z. Soshnick (Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP) conducted the webinar, BVLaw Case Update.

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