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Big Four Focus on Practice Management at the ASA Fair Value Conference

The lingering effects of COVID-19, remote work, competitive pressures, and new technology are presenting challenges like never before. At the recent ASA Fair Value Conference in New York City, a panel of Big Four valuation practice leaders spent about half of their session on these matters.

Checklist for Reviewing a Valuation Report’s Discount Rate

This is part of a series on quality control for valuation engagements, which has emerged as the No. 1 concern at valuation firms and practices, according to BVR’s Benchmarking Survey. The checklist includes what should be included in the valuation report or workpapers as support for the cost of equity, cost of debt, and capital structure.

How to Review a Report’s Valuation Methodology

This is part of a series on quality control for valuation engagements, which has emerged as the No. 1 concern at valuation firms and practices, according to BVR’s Benchmarking Survey. The article contains a checklist for an overall review of the income, market, asset, and excess earnings approaches.

How Do Your Firm’s Benefits Stack Up?

“Flexibility” is the most important aspect of a benefits plan BV firms should be offering to employees, reveals a BVR survey. Also, a look at the levels of signing bonuses BV firms are doling out is presented.

Practice-Building Tips From the AICPA FVS Conference

The largest event of 2024 was the AICPA & CIMA Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS) Conference. While there were many excellent technical sessions, there was good attendance at sessions that related to the management of a valuation or forensics firm or practice—a topic that is gaining in importance in the profession. This article is a recap of those sessions.

Power Panel: Trends and Issues in Business Valuation

The panel provides an overview of some of the hottest topics in the business valuation profession. Among the topics are: artificial intelligence; environmental, social, and governance (ESG); Department of Labor adequate compensation (ESOP) update; Daubert challenges; federal rules applicable to valuation/litigation experts; interesting case decisions/case law update; market multiples and trends in M discount for lack of marketability—trends and tools; lease accounting and business valuation; trending tax considerations; and cryptocurrency valuation issues. The Power Panel ...

BV firms look to nonfinance candidates for entry-level jobs

In the face of a lack of qualified candidates to fill entry-level roles, BV firms and practices are considering nonaccounting, noneconomics, and nonfinance majors to fill these positions, according to a BVWire survey.

Has your firm any experience with college recruiting?

Has your firm reached out to colleges to recruit new hires?

Reminder: Take a short survey on college recruiting

Has your firm reached out to colleges to recruit new hires?

What has been your experience with college recruiting?

Bringing new talent into the business valuation profession is a challenge.

What to Glean From the IRS Hiring Binge for BV Experts

The IRS needs to hire 31 business valuation experts, and the job announcement provides an interesting perspective as to the valuation issues that are on the agency’s radar.

Mercer Extols the Virtues of Writing as a Valuation Career Builder

Chris Mercer (Mercer Capital) says writing was an important activity that contributed to his success, and he urges practitioners to do the same. He lays out his 12-step plan for a first-time writer (and BVR adds a few comments).

Survey results: What policies do BVFLS firms have regarding credentials?

It’s neck and neck when it comes to the business valuation credentials that exist at firms recently surveyed.

Reminder: Quick survey on BVFLS credentials

Many credentials are found in business valuation, forensics, and litigation services (BVFLS) firms and practices.

Reminder: Quick survey on BVFLS credentials

Many credentials are found in business valuation, forensics, and litigation services (BVFLS) firms and practices.

What are your firm’s policies regarding BVFLS credentials?

Many credentials are found in business valuation, forensics, and litigation services firms and practices.

Accountants’ wariness of AI may spell trouble

Although accounting professionals see big changes ahead for their profession due to artificial intelligence, a significant proportion see no use case for AI in either their private of professional lives, according to a new study in AccountingToday.

Tax Valuations Are the Main Profit Driver for BV Firms, Per BVR Survey

Valuations for income, estate, and gift tax purposes are the most profitable for business valuation firms, according to a BVR survey. These valuations leap-frogged over litigation services and valuations for transactions/M&A purposes, which topped the list in 2018.

Disconnect woes plague BV firms using remote staff

“Loss of human interaction” is the biggest drawback of a remote or hybrid work arrangement, cited by over half (53%) of BV firms recently polled.

Reminder: IRS is hiring a flock of BV experts

Honolulu; Palm Springs, Calif.; Las Vegas; Orlando, Fla.; and even the Bronx, N.Y., are just a few of the 249 locations for which the IRS is hiring 31 business valuation experts, according to a job announcement, which is available if you click here.

How BV firms are coping with remote workers

Early results from our latest “Two-Minute Practice Builder” survey reveal that the vast majority of BV firms are on a hybrid work arrangement, i.e., some staff in-office and some working remote.

Today is the deadline for TAF’s demographic survey

Please take a three-to-four-minute survey from The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) designed to gather demographic data about the appraisal profession and help shape the group’s current and future diversity-related activities.

‘Disclose me,’ AI tells appraisers

“Appraisers should be encouraged to clearly state whether they authored a report or relied on AI models for content generation.”

What is your firm’s experience with remote work?

That’s the topic of this month’s “Two-Minute Practice Builder” survey.

TAF launches second demographic survey

The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) has a survey designed to gather demographic data about the appraisal profession and help shape the group’s current and future diversity-related activities.

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