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BVU News and Trends December 2020

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

Sink or Swim: The New World of Virtual Testimony

Most people do not realize how different it is appearing in court through virtual technology compared to being there in person. Fortunately, some attorneys and valuation experts have gone through this experience and they share their advice on how to make the best of it.

BVU News and Trends November 2020

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

Global BVU News and Trends November 2020

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

COVID-19 to Trigger More Requests for ‘Risky’ Calculation Reports, Expert Says

It’s a settled matter about whether calculation reports “can” be used, but “should” they be used is another issue. Veteran valuation expert Kevin Yeanoplos (Brueggeman and Johnson Yeanoplos PC) explores this concern in a session at the recent BVFLS conference sponsored by the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA).

10 Signs of Trouble with a Valuation Expert

It’s always very informative and helpful to listen to judges talk about the valuation cases they hear. At its annual conferences, NACVA regularly presents sessions with judges. At its Business Valuation and Financial Litigation Super Conference in June, a session included a panel of four judges and one moderator. The panelists shared their views of when they detect potential problems with appraisers when they are on the witness stand.

Solvency opinion based on management projections faces Daubert challenge

In a bankruptcy-cum-Daubert case that turned on solvency, a court recently rejected both parties’ claims that the opposing financial expert testimony was inadmissible.

The Expert Witness Process: Tips for Valuation Practitioners

The author developed and taught the AICPA course in expert witnessing, and he shares his advice for the entire process, from securing the engagement to cross-examination.

From the Bench: 10 Warning Signals of Trouble With a Valuation Expert

It’s always very informative and helpful to listen to judges talk about the valuation cases they hear. At NACVA’s recent Business Valuation and Financial Litigation Super Conference, a panel of judges did just that—and they shared their views of when they detect potential problems with appraisers when they are on the witness stand.

Global BVU News and Trends October 2020

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

Court of Chancery sanctions use of asset approach in complex appraisal case

A low-profile appraisal case in front of the Delaware Court of Chancery raised important valuation questions, including how the court should determine the fair value of a nonoperating entity and how it should deal with the value of claims both parties brought on behalf of the company prior to the contested merger.

Key Tennessee appeals court ruling finds tax affecting ‘relevant’ to fair value buyout

In a Tennessee buyout dispute involving a limited liability corporation organized as an S corporation, the parties disagreed over whether it was appropriate to tax affect in calculating the fair value of the terminated member’s interest.

ASA, supporting Vinoskey ESOP appeal, aims to correct BV ‘misstatements’

The ASA recently filed an amicus brief in support of the Vinoskey appeal, in which it claims the district court, in ruling against the ESOP trustee and the owner and selling shareholder, Adam Vinoskey, made numerous valuation-related misstatements that required correction.

How to value a business and settle a divorce during COVID-19; divorce professionals share tips

How do you resolve a divorce case during COVID-19, when many businesses in all kinds of industries are coping with significant losses and continuing uncertainty over future performance? This was the topic of an excellent panel discussion that was part of the recent virtual AAML/BVR divorce conference.

Defendant in Vinoskey ESOP case files appeal with 4th Circuit

In the contentious Vinoskey ESOP case, one of the defendants, the owner and selling shareholder, Adam Vinoskey, recently appealed the district court’s finding that he was liable for knowingly participating in the trustee defendant’s ERISA violations and was a co-fiduciary for the trustee’s breaches of fiduciary duties.

BVU News and Trends September 2020

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

Tips on how to help settle a divorce during COVID-19

How do you resolve a divorce case during COVID-19, when many businesses in all kinds of industries are coping with significant losses and continuing uncertainty over future performance?

In re Happy Child World, Inc.

In an entire-fairness-cum-statutory-appraisal case involving nonoperating day care center whose facility was leased on merger date, court approves use of capitalization of earnings and NAV models and averaging results to determine fair value; business model was uncertain on merger date, court notes.

Uncertain Business Model on Merger Date Justifies Use of Income and NAV Models, Court Says

In an entire-fairness-cum-statutory-appraisal case involving nonoperating day care center whose facility was leased on merger date, court approves use of capitalization of earnings and NAV models and averaging results to determine fair value; business model was uncertain on merger date, court notes.

10 Takeaways From the AAML/BVR Virtual Divorce Conference

Family law attorneys, valuation professionals, and industry experts shared advice during the AAML/BVR Virtual Divorce Conference, which is ongoing and will continue tomorrow, September 24.

In court, facts are not enough—it’s the nonverbal that counts

If you think that the facts speak for themselves in court, think again, says Deborah Johnson, MC, president of High-Stakes Communication.

‘Overstated’ projections sink plaintiff’s fair value determination

Earlier this year, a New York trial court presiding over a buyout dispute featuring an online wholesaler of faucets, sinks, and fixtures rebuffed the departing shareholder’s valuation.

Beware of this loaded question about projections amid COVID-19

Projections have always attracted scrutiny, but the pandemic has intensified this attention.

Top-notch tips for virtual court appearances

There’s a lot more to making a good appearance in court when you have to testify virtually.

Maryland commits to Daubert for evaluating admissibility of expert testimony

In a critical move, Maryland’s highest court recently changed the standard for the admission of expert testimony when it abandoned the existing two-channel approach in favor of Daubert.

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