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How the expert in the Amazon trademark case determined a royalty rate

In the recent Amazon Tax Court case, the IRS challenged the valuation of trademarks the company transferred to its overseas subsidiary. But Amazon prevailed, and here's an explanation of the comparable uncontrolled transaction (CUT) method its expert used to sift through thousands of transactions.

Private firms' cost of equity estimates may surprise you

Results of the “2017 Private Capital Markets Report" from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management. BVR is a research sponsor in Pepperdine’s efforts in developing a private cost of capital method as a legitimate alternative to looking to the public markets.

Questions to ask when valuing intellectual property

Only after a thorough due diligence is done can an analysis be made of what intellectual property is worth.

How the valuation approaches stack up for solar energy firms

Appraisers have to consider each of the valuation approaches, but the income approach is the only way to value a solar company, says a valuation expert in the industry.

Questions a judge will ask of a valuation expert witness

A new book not only gives judges and attorneys a reference guide of fundamental business valuation concepts, but it's also a refresher course for valuation experts, and it will help them prepare for court.

Comments wanted on simplified MUM for personal goodwill

What do you think of this method a valuation expert and forensic accountant uses for allocating goodwill between its enterprise and personal components?

Damodaran puts high value on narrative

"In a good valuation, the numbers are bound together by a coherent narrative, and storytelling is kept grounded with numbers," says Dr. Aswath Damodaran (Stern School of Business, New York University).

Michael Jackson estate valuation case features tainted image and tax affecting

BV experts take the stand in a high-stakes Tax Court case that pits the IRS against the estate of Michael Jackson.

Healthcare services multiples from Duff & Phelps

Valuation data from the January 2017 Healthcare Services Sector Update from Duff & Phelps.

Free sample chart of accounts for a legal marijuana business

Listen to a free webinar on valuation issues with the legal marijuana industry and also get a free sample chart of accounts for a typical firm.

A face need not be famous for it to have value

In a right of publicity case, a woman is suing the Chipotle restaurant chain for $2.2 billion for using her photograph without her permission for advertising purposes.

Damodaran updates data-rich cost of capital spreadsheets

Professor Aswath Damodaran (New York University Stern School of Business) has released new data posts and data sets updated for 2017 related to valuation and the cost of capital, including historical stock returns, implied equity risk premiums, country risk premiums, and more.

Healthcare M&A volume up, spending down in 2016

There were 1,536 healthcare M&A transactions in 2016, up 1% from 2015, but overall spending dropped to $255.7 billion from $400.3 billion in 2015, according to data from Irving Levin Associates Inc.

New Star Wars film blockbuster fuels celeb estate valuation issue

For Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the late actor Peter Cushing was “digitally resurrected” and appears as the future Death Star commander. Some stars are now taking action, such as having themselves scanned, so they, too, can provide for their heirs when they’re in the hereafter and enhance the value of their right of publicity.

Busy time for law firm M&A means appraisal ops

It was another busy year in 2016 for law firm M&As, according to a release from Altman Weil, which tracks this activity. BVR has a new installment in its series of What It’s Worth special reports: What It's Worth: Law Firm Value. This will help you better understand the special considerations when valuing a firm of this kind.

Healthcare industry hit most by FCA in 2016

Over half of the $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments the government recovered in 2016 under the False Claims Act (FCA) were from the healthcare industry. Allegations often revolve around the measurement of the fair market value of physician compensation.

IP more prevalent in PPAs, says Houlihan Lokey study

Trademarks and trade names were identified in 50% of M&A deals in 2015, up from 45% in 2014, according to the 2015 Purchase Price Allocation Study from Houlihan Lokey.

Challenges of the legal cannabis industry highlight NYSSCPA symposium

The NYSSCPA sponsored the Marijuana Symposium: Business, Tax and Legal Implications, which included a discussion on the nuances of valuing a firm in this challenging industry.

Comments due January 27 on third exposure draft of USPAP 2018-19

The issues under consideration include the definition of report and communication of assignment results. There’s also a proposed revision of the definition of appraisal review, as well as splitting the existing Standard 3 into two standards.

Will an ACA overhaul derail value-based payments?

Healthcare reform has been moving the industry away from the traditional fee-for-service revenue model in favor of one where revenue is based on the quality of care. Will the ACA repeal-and-replace efforts under the new Trump administration put the brakes on this? A healthcare valuation expert comments.

Valuation challenges posed by digital assets

Social media, audiobooks, music and video files, bitcoin, and other digital assets pose estate planning and valuation challenges, explains a new paper. A handy checklist is also provided.

Latest methodology and practices for DLOM examined

A blue-ribbon panel of experts review the primary DLOM methods and reveal new survey data on which methods valuators rely on most.

IRS addresses some concerns of valuators at Sec. 2704 regs hearing

IRS and Treasury officials on the hearing panel felt compelled to make a few remarks in response to the strong concerns of valuation experts, attorneys, wealth planners, and family business owners who testified.

Brand valuation mandate in India sparks talk of new rules

Wide variations in estimates of brand valuations trigger talk of a new set of valuation rules.

Recap of the IACVA/SECBA Atlanta conference

A few takeaways from Business Valuation in an Upside Down World, a two-day event co-sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of Business Appraisers (SECBA) and the International Association of Consultants, Valuators and Analysts (IACVA).

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