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Help needed with academic research on Big Data

Please take a short, five-minute survey on the use of Big Data in forensic accounting in preventing and detecting fraud. The University of Memphis is conducting research.

New fair value rules and performance standards highlight ASA event

New fair value regulations and the Mandatory Performance Framework (MPF) apply to everyone, not just holders of the new CEIV credential.

Appraiser ducks penalty for undervaluation

A recent Tax Court case rejects an appraiser's valuation of an estate asset, and the undervaluation is enough to normally trigger penalties under IRC Section 6695A.

AICPA issues its first wave of CEIV credentials

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has doled out its first batch of certifications for the new Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuation™ (CEIV™) credential for individuals doing fair value measurements.

Latest AHLA guide discusses fairness opinions, M&A, and goodwill

The AHLA Transactions Resource Guide is a free collection of articles from leading healthcare experts that discuss significant transaction issues in the healthcare industry. Some of the authors are with Duff & Phelps, VMG Health, Wipfli, and others.

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.

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