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What to Do When You Have Too Little Information

A recent California appeal of a divorce case demonstrated a proper way of managing a situation where the valuation analyst had received insufficient information to allow for a conclusion of value as to an asset or assets.

Business Valuation Case Law Yearbook, 2024 Edition

January 2024 PDF, Softcover (222 pages)

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Business Valuation Resources, LLC

The legal coverage and in-depth analysis from the BVR legal team including an Introduction by Jim Alerding, BVR Legal Editor delivers lessons learned to help appraisers reach better and more defensible valuation conclusions. The 2024 Yearbook illustrates how financial experts helped their side win (and lose) in the courtroom and includes 70 new cases that were added to BVLaw in 2023. Learn more >>

Working Effectively With Attorneys (How to Be a Better Expert)

You’ve honed your valuation skills through education, training, and experience and have been educating clients about what their businesses have been worth for years. Now litigation counsel is asking you to educate judges and juries about the economics of a complex commercial dispute. The best way to be an effective expert, in addition to having those well-honed skills, is to gain an understanding of both the litigation forum and the general needs of counsel. This ...

Storytelling for the Expert Witness (A BVR Workshop)

In this webinar, forensic expert Michael Kaplan and jury trial consultant and communications specialist Jesse Wilson introduce you to the powerful storytelling skills that will transform technically accurate, matter-of-fact testimony into a compelling and persuasive story.

New Rule 702 crackdown already impacting expert witnesses

Although they don’t officially go into effect until December 1, expert witnesses are already feeling the effects of the changes designed to strengthen Rule 702, which is the federal rule of evidence regarding testifying experts.

Business Valuation Cases in Brief

Erin Hollis provides updates on six recent business valuation cases.

Paramount Fin. Commc’ns, Inc. v. Broadridge Inv’r Commc’n Sols., Inc.

In a post-judgment order and opinion, the court struck the testimony of the plaintiff’s damages expert witness and ordered a new trial on damages. The plaintiff moved for reconsideration of the order. The court denied the plaintiff’s motion in this breach of contract case. There was insufficient evidence in the record to support the damages calculation.

On Reconsideration, Court Affirms Decision to Exclude Testimony of Damages Expert

In a post-judgment order and opinion, the court struck the testimony of the plaintiff’s damages expert witness and ordered a new trial on damages. The plaintiff moved for reconsideration of the order. The court denied the plaintiff’s motion in this breach of contract case. There was insufficient evidence in the record to support the damages calculation.

A Good Example of a Powerful Visual for a Valuation Report

At the recent New York State Society of CPAs’ Business Valuation and Litigation Services Conference, Chris Mercer (Mercer Capital) gave a good example of an effective visual designed to convey a complex issue to a client or trier of fact.

Golock Capital, LLC v. VNUE, Inc.

The plaintiffs sued for breach of obligations on convertible promissory notes issued to the defendant. The defendant admitted it had not repaid the loans but contended that the rates of interest on the loans were “criminally usurious” and were, therefore, void. Following a bench trial, the U.S. District Court (New York) found that the interest rates were not usurious and ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, including an award for attorneys’ fees.

U.S. District Court (New York) Rules Interest Rates on Loans Are Not Usurious

The plaintiffs sued for breach of obligations on convertible promissory notes issued to the defendant. The defendant admitted it had not repaid the loans but contended that the rates of interest on the loans were “criminally usurious” and were, therefore, void. Following a bench trial, the U.S. District Court (New York) found that the interest rates were not usurious and ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, including an award for attorneys’ fees.

Business Valuation Case Law Yearbook, 2023 Edition

January 2023 PDF, Softcover (195 pages)

BVR (editor)

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

The legal coverage and in-depth analysis from the BVR legal team including an Introduction by Jim Alerding, BVR Legal Editor delivers lessons learned to help appraisers reach better and more defensible valuation conclusions. The 2023 Yearbook illustrates how financial experts helped their side win (and lose) in the courtroom and includes 70 new cases were added to BVLaw in 2022.  Learn more >>

Business Valuation Update Yearbook, 2023 Edition

January 2023 PDF, Softcover (426 pages)

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Business Valuation Resources, LLC

It's that time of year again, BVR's “greatest hits” publication is here!  The Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2023 covers the previous year’s most groundbreaking and thought-provoking advancements in valuation.  It captures changes in regulations and professional standards, key takeaways from professional conferences, and tactical practice-building ideas. This critical desktop reference puts you ahead of the competition with on-the-ground reporting by the BVR editorial team including an Introduction by Andy Dzamba, BVR Executive Editor and insights from notable BV experts. Learn more >>

Appraisers Continue to Be Excluded Most Under Daubert, Per PwC Study

Under Daubert, appraisers were excluded more often in 2021 than any other type of financial expert witness, according to the latest edition of an annual PwC survey. Of the three most common financial experts (economists, accountants, and appraisers), appraisers had a 38% exclusion rate in 2021, followed by accountants (32%) and economists (27%). The article gives more insights into the survey and some ways to avoid a Daubert challenge.

Appraisers have highest exclusion rate under Daubert, per PwC study

Under Daubert, appraisers were excluded more often in 2021 than any other type of financial expert witness, according to the PwC survey, “Daubert Challenges to Financial Experts (2000-2021).”

Meet The Speakers—2022 AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference

The 2022 AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference is just a little over a month away! Take a moment to meet a trio of our speakers.

Appraisers Have the Highest Exclusion Rate Under Daubert, Per PwC Study

A look at the latest study from PwC that analyzes challenges to financial expert witnesses (appraisers, accountants, economists, and others) under the Daubert standards from 2000 to 2020. Also, some classic advice on how to survive a Daubert challenge.

Court Rulings Have Big Impact on Fair Value

To sue or not to sue, that is the question! Learn more about a pair of court cases that have made a big impact on fair value as it relates to shareholder dissent suits.

Blue-Sky Method in Valuing a Car Dealer—Redux

In a recent issue of the BVLaw Alert, we published a short piece about a shareholder dissent/oppression appellate decision in Tennessee regarding the valuation of a “high-end” car dealership. Our headline noted, “Court Tweaks Blue-Sky Method in Valuing a Car Dealer.” We received a question from a reader asking whether the rule of thumb blue-sky method was explained in the case.

Do BV Standards Have Any 'Value' in Court?

Do business valuation standards have any value in court? Our legal editor shares insights gleaned from several cases on just this topic.

Proposed Rule 702 Change Targets Unqualified Experts

Too many experts who are not qualified are being allowed to testify in court, and this has triggered proposed changes to strengthen Rule 702, which is the federal rule of evidence regarding testifying experts.

So You Want to Testify as a Financial Expert Witness? Testimony Tips, Traps and Video Demonstrations From the Trenches

Learn how to testify in bench and jury trials and depositions from a seasoned forensic CPA who has testified in the trenches for 27 years. See video clips from an actual testimony by Robert Vance and from popular TV shows and movies (which are mostly very humorous) to learn how to answer questions and keep your cool. Receive tips on how to construct your litigation-oriented curriculum vitae and engagement letter. Get prepared for subpoenas, Daubert ...

Proposed rule change cracks down on testifying experts

Too many experts who are not qualified are being allowed to testify in court, and this has triggered proposed changes to strengthen Rule 702, which is the federal rule of evidence regarding testifying experts.

Legal Firestorm Hits Delaware SPACs

Well a firestorm hit the legal world of special purpose acquisition corporations (SPACs) when the Delaware Court of Chancery (Lori W. Will, VC) denied motions to dismiss various allegations of some of the public stockholders of Churchill Capital Corp.

Questions a Trier of Fact Will Ask About Your Valuation

The fear of every valuation analyst is to be unprepared to answer a question in a deposition or on the witness stand. Here are some questions a judge or attorney will likely ask, either directed to themselves when reviewing your report or directly to you.

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