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Best Practices – Thought Leadership in Valuation, Damages, and Transfer Price Analysis

March 2020 Hardcover

Robert F. Reilly, Robert P. Schweihs

Best Practicesincludes more than 1,200 pages of thought leadership on a wide range of topics, including the valuation of private company securities and intangible assets, valuation for property tax purposes, valuation for ESOPs, fair value measurement for financial accounting purposes, transfer price analysis, and economic damages measurement. Learn more >>

Global BVU News and Trends January 2020

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

BVR/FactSet Control Premium Study updated for 3Q

Buyers continue to pay more for control in the EU and UK than in most of the other major markets.

Do alliances and partnerships increase value?

Most business valuation experts accept the fact that business partnerships (for IP or shared revenue opportunities) add to the value of a pool of assets.

Acquisition Premiums Amid Added Complexity in Market Transactions

In a fair value setting, while the acquisition premium (known also as a control premium) has been identified as a significant variable, its application and value measurement remain less well understood than the traditional components of acquisition finance.

What is control worth? New update from BVR/FactSet

The median price paid for the benefit of acquiring a controlling interest dropped slightly, to 26.5%, during the second quarter, according to the FactSet/BVR Control Premium Study.

Control Premiums and Deal Flow Analyzed in 2019 Mergerstat Review

This is an M&A year in review, highlighting the trends in multiples and sector analysis through the 12,008 transactions of 2018, the sixth most acquisitive year in history. Includes a discussion of the most notable transaction, a twist on a notable cancellation, analysis on the industrial services sector, and the trend in premiums.

Global BVU News and Trends August 2019

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

BVR offers resources to help UK business valuation professionals

Financial analysts in the UK have often struggled to find auditable market and financial data to support their assumptions and conclusions.

Meanwhile, the global value of control trends down slightly during Q1 2019

BVR has completed its latest quarterly update to the FactSet Mergerstat/BVR Control Premium Study (CPS), which includes an added 141 controlling acquisitions worldwide.

What is acquiring control worth in the UK?

Quite a bit, it turns out—30%. Current data (including Q1 2019 updates) from the FactSet Mergerstat/BVR Control Premium Study (CPS), show that UK buyers value the future benefits of controlling interests higher than nearly anywhere else in the world.

ICAEW Practical Business Valuation programme begins again this week

ICAEW offers its two-day valuation basics course again beginning 9 May in London (the second day is 24 May).

How much is business control worth?

A new control premium study published in M&A Review examines 589 takeover premiums of closed European transactions that occurred between 2005 and 2016.

Acquisitions of private firms up 12% in 2018

The number of announced acquisitions of privately owned companies increased from 7,793 in 2017 to 8,761 in 2018 (a 12% increase), reveals the soon-to-be-released 2019 Mergerstat Review.

Experts comment on recent Brundle ESOP decision

In its recent Brundle opinion (see last week’s coverage), the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, in describing the major actors in the case, included a quote (not attributed) that the ESOP world was “a very incestuous community.”

It’s not just about FMV, Brundle ESOP appeals court ruling shows

“Fair market value” is not the only consideration when it comes evaluating the performance of the ESOP trustee, the 4th Circuit made clear in its recent ruling, on which we reported here last week and which represents another milestone in ESOP case law.

4th Circuit upholds Brundle ESOP valuation and damages findings

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals just affirmed the district court’s ruling against the trustee in the intensely contested Brundle v. Wilmington Trust ESOP case, including the district court’s valuation and damages findings.

Brundle v. Wilmington Trust N.A. (III)

In key ESOP case, 4th Circuit affirms liability and damages findings against ESOP trustee; court says trustee’s reliance on ESOP appraiser’s contemporaneous valuation was not “reasonably justified”; district court used correct measure of damages and justifiable methodology, 4th Circuit finds.

4th Circuit Says Record Supports Liability and Damages Findings Against ESOP Trustee

In key ESOP case, 4th Circuit affirms liability and damages findings against ESOP trustee; court says trustee’s reliance on ESOP appraiser’s contemporaneous valuation was not “reasonably justified”; district court used correct measure of damages and justifiable methodology, 4th Circuit finds.

New York Times’ scathing article on appraisers wins Polk Award

In our coverage of the New York Times article on the “friendly” valuations used to increase the fortune President Trump received from his father, we called it “brilliantly written and fascinating.”

In Gatekeeper Role, Court Trains Attention on Expert Methodology, Not Conclusions

In ESOP case pivoting on valuation, court denies parties’ Daubert challenges; court notes “gatekeeping” means focusing “on principles and methodology, not the conclusions that [the experts] generate”; parties’ objections are mostly quarrels with opposing expert’s conclusions, court finds.

Acosta v. Wilmington Trust, N.A. (I) (Graphite)

In ESOP case pivoting on valuation, court denies parties’ Daubert challenges; court notes “gatekeeping” means focusing “on principles and methodology, not the conclusions that [the experts] generate”; parties’ objections are mostly quarrels with opposing expert’s conclusions, court finds.

Rethinking the Traditional Levels of Value—Continuing the Conversation

While the representation of a hierarchy of value has served generations of business valuers well, it now needs to be reshaped. One concern is that the hierarchy has at its core the concept of the control premium, a concept that has become strained beyond the breaking point.

Major Changes Enhance the 2018 Edition of Mergerstat Review of M&A Activity

The recently released 2018 edition of Mergerstat Review has a number of important changes, including updates to historical data, new tables that show premiums paid over the targets’ enterprise values, and more.

BVU News and Trends November 2018

A monthly roundup of key developments of interest to business valuation experts.

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