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Personal v. Enterprise Goodwill in Florida Divorce Cases: What the Appellate Courts Say

In the wake of the recent King case, this is an analysis of marital dissolution case law from the Florida Supreme Court and the five District Courts of Appeal (DCA) of Florida that relates to the valuation of personal and enterprise goodwill in that state.

BV News and Trends May 2021

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

BVU News and Trends April 2021

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

Global BVU News and Trends March 2021

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

Goodwill analysis ignoring specifics crumbles on appeal

A divorce expert’s failure to link the facts related to a successful insurance company to his personal goodwill analysis was one of the reasons a Florida appeals court recently overturned the trial court’s valuation findings, which, the reviewing court said, were not based on competent, substantial evidence.

Goodwill impairments fell 10% in 2019: D&P study

Total goodwill impairment declined to $71 billion in 2019, down 10% from $78.9 billion in 2018, according to the “2020 U.S. Goodwill Impairment Study” by Duff & Phelps.

King v. King

This divorce case appeal deals with three primary issues: the determination of the value of insurance agency marital asset, the determination of the amount of personal goodwill attaching to the insurance agency, and the appropriate amount of alimony. The court remands the value of the business as it relates to the exclusion by the trial court of the liabilities the business owed, remands as to the appropriate amount of personal goodwill, and remands as to the erroneous level of income of the husband for determination of alimony.

Florida Trial Court’s Valuation Findings, Including Personal Goodwill Determination, Do Not Hold Up Under Appeals Court Scrutiny

This divorce case appeal deals with three primary issues: the determination of the value of insurance agency marital asset, the determination of the amount of personal goodwill attaching to the insurance agency, and the appropriate amount of alimony. The court remands the value of the business as it relates to the exclusion by the trial court of the liabilities the business owed, remands as to the appropriate amount of personal goodwill, and remands as to the erroneous level of income of the husband for determination of alimony.

FASB OKs goodwill triggering standard update for private firms

The Financial Accounting Standards Board has decided to give private companies and not for profits the option to assess at a later point a situation that might trigger a goodwill impairment.

Reliable Valuations for Small and Medium Enterprise: M&A Methods Win

If you have been involved in an M&A transaction and seen how different the M&A model is from the buildup method with public data, have you ever wondered why the M&A model isn’t a key valuation approach or wondered how M&A data differ in character from public market data? In this seminar, Jim Lisi explains why the M&A model with private data is the more reliable approach. The difference between deal data for whole companies ...

Global BVU News and Trends January 2021

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

Global BV News: European goodwill impairment up 18% in 2019

Total goodwill impairment recorded by European-listed companies in the STOXX® Europe 600 increased for a second consecutive year, rising 18%, to €36.4 billion (bn) in 2019, as fears of a slowdown in global growth persisted, according to the “2020 European Goodwill Impairment Study,” from Duff & Phelps.

Delaware court weighs in on goodwill in sole proprietorships

A recent divorce case out of Delaware is significant for addressing the treatment of goodwill where the business is a sole proprietorship.

Several Trends of Note in Valuation Cases in the United Kingdom

A number of recent court cases in the UK are important to valuation. Matrimonial decisions continue to introduce valuation concepts beyond “fair value,” and, on the topic of goodwill, a recent case went contrary to the expectations of most business valuers.

Global BV News: Global intangible asset value hits all-time high

Total intangible asset value has risen to an all-time high of $65.7 trillion, representing 54% of overall listed global value, according to the 2020 Global Intangible Finance Tracker (GIFT) study from Brand Finance.

American Business Appraisers and BVR Annual Key Issues Update

Every year American Business Appraisers brings together experts from across the country for a frank and practical discussion of the issues impacting business valuation. This year, everyone is invited to four great sessions. Get a current update on the SBA Paycheck Protection Program and the forgiveness application. Adam Rosenfield gives an overview of what the most recent changes to the program are and how that affects clients/future clients. Get guidance on how the loan and ...

Family Matters: Standard of Value, DLOM/DLOC Discounts and Drama in BV

A buried body, sex surrogates, and family-owned business create a dramatic background for a recent court case impacting valuation. With complex minority discounts, this case kicks off a compelling discussion of key issues in family law. Experts Stacey Udell, Neil Beaton, and Ron Seigneur tackle these thorny issues with clarity and comedy. Get treated to the tricks and tips you’ll want when your next family-owned business engagement rings your doorbell.

Five need-to-know takeaways from the ASA annual conference

BVWire attended the ASA 2020 International Appraisers Conference held online October 12-13, and it was about as close as you could get to the experience of actually being on-site.

Experts who rely on the financial definition of goodwill may face unexpected problems in the UK courts

Is goodwill an asset on the balance sheet that reflects the difference between an acquisition price and the value of what was acquired?

Control Discounts and Premiums - What is Old and What is New

Where do they come from? Do they even exist? Should I fear using them? No, this October event doesn’t delve into the supernatural but rather attempts to demystify the methods and resources available to quantify control discounts and/or premiums. Join Jim Ewart and Jim Alerding to learn what is new, what is old, and what matters. Learn the sources, context, and usefulness of control premiums and discounts, and the best practices for determining what they ...

A.A. v. B.A.

In valuing owner’s financial advisory business organized as sole proprietorship, court rejects idea that prior case law on goodwill in solely owned business precludes assigning goodwill to business; court says commissions earned during marriage but received post-separation or post-divorce are marital.

Delaware Court Revisits Issue of Goodwill in Sole Proprietorship

In valuing owner’s financial advisory business organized as sole proprietorship, court rejects idea that prior case law on goodwill in solely owned business precludes assigning goodwill to business; court says commissions earned during marriage but received post-separation or post-divorce are marital.

Global BVU News and Trends September 2020

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

The SEC’s Not-So-Gentle Reminder: Show Your Work

A recent SEC comment letter to a company about its determination that no impairment of goodwill and intangible assets was needed, the agency sounded much like every math teacher we’ve all very likely encountered: Show your work!

BVU News and Trends August 2020

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

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