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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.

Valuing Residential and Commercial Construction Companies

Cash flow seasonality, bid requirements, license particulars, economic forces, and ubiquitous litigation are all hallmarks of the residential and commercial construction industries and all unique factors when appraising a construction company. Join What it’s Worth guide author and expert Pasquale Rafanelli for a full inspection of residential and commercial construction company valuation issues from accounting methods to value drivers. Avoid the common valuation mistakes that appraisers make and learn to answer the one question on ...

Sultan v. Malik

Appeals court upholds trial court’s valuation of accounting firm based on asset approach where prevailing expert added goodwill value as intangible; court says intrinsic standard of value does not mandate use of income approach for service-based entity.

Court Approves of Adding Goodwill as Intangible in Asset-Based Valuation of Accounting Practice

Appeals court upholds trial court’s valuation of accounting firm based on asset approach where prevailing expert added goodwill value as intangible; court says intrinsic standard of value does not mandate use of income approach for service-based entity.

Kendall Hoyd & Silver v. Trussway Holdings

Delaware Court of Chancery finds DCF analysis is the best way to achieve fair value in a statutory appraisal case arising out of a contested merger; court’s analysis leans heavily on company expert’s analysis regarding contested inputs, including projections, beta, and terminal value.

Court Chooses DCF to Determine Fair Value in ‘Straightforward’ Appraisal Case

Delaware Court of Chancery finds DCF analysis is the best way to achieve fair value in a statutory appraisal case arising out of a contested merger; court’s analysis leans heavily on company expert’s analysis regarding contested inputs, including projections, beta, and terminal value.

Damages Claim Fails to Provide Yardsticks Capturing Defunct Startup’s Value

Appeals court upholds zero damages finding in dispute involving short-lived software startup, where plaintiff’s expert had no experience valuing software companies, misapprehended basic facts, and developed multimillion-dollar valuations for a company with no product, no revenue, and no investors.

Zaffarkhan v. Domesek

Appeals court upholds zero damages finding in dispute involving short-lived software startup, where plaintiff’s expert had no experience valuing software companies, misapprehended basic facts, and developed multimillion-dollar valuations for a company with no product, no revenue, and no investors.

Financial Advisor’s Fairness Opinion Not Materially Misleading

Court rejects dissenting shareholder’s proxy challenge, finding board member statements about management projections are protected under applicable act’s safe harbor provision; also, court says financial advisor’s fairness opinion did not double count for risk in underlying DCF analysis.

City of Hialeah Emples. Ret. Sys. v. FEI Co.

Court rejects dissenting shareholder’s proxy challenge, finding board member statements about management projections are protected under applicable act’s safe harbor provision; also, court says financial advisor’s fairness opinion did not double count for risk in underlying DCF analysis.

Why Divorce Valuation Does Not Accord With Chapter 7 Liquidation Analysis

Bankruptcy Court says differing standard of value in divorce and bankruptcy proceedings precludes use of divorce valuation of husband’s interest in dental practice; but valuation based on shareholder agreement accords with Chapter 7 liquidation analysis.

Why Bankruptcy Court declines to be bound by divorce valuation

Following the divorce, the husband filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and asked for confirmation of his plan. The issue was whether the plan could meet the liquidation test applicable under the Bankruptcy Code’s section 1325(a)(4). In essence, the test requires that creditors in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy receive present value payments that are at least equal to the amount the creditors would receive in a Chapter 7 case.

In re Cole

Bankruptcy Court says differing standard of value in divorce and bankruptcy proceedings precludes use of divorce valuation of husband’s interest in dental practice; but valuation based on shareholder agreement accords with Chapter 7 liquidation analysis.

Court Affirms Rightness of Expert’s ‘Marital Value’ Calculation

Court upholds expert’s idiosyncratic valuation approach based on ascertaining “marital value” of community’s grocery stores as opposed to stores’ “investment value”; since the stores were not sold, valuation properly captured their value to owner spouse.

In re Honer

Court upholds expert’s idiosyncratic valuation approach based on ascertaining “marital value” of community’s grocery stores as opposed to stores’ “investment value”; since the stores were not sold, valuation properly captured their value to owner spouse.

Can You Trust a Valuation That Falls Short of AICPA Standards?

Appeals court finds error in trial court’s refusal to value business; even if limited data caused expert’s estimate to fall short of AICPA standard, it was based on the market approach, a “sound and reasonable method to value a closely-held business.”

Hugh v. Hugh

Appeals court finds error in trial court’s refusal to value business; even if limited data caused expert’s estimate to fall short of AICPA standard, it was based on the market approach, a “sound and reasonable method to value a closely-held business.”

Hard Asset Value Best Captures Worth of Family Business

In divorce case, appellate court upholds classification of a family business as hybrid property, entitling the community to the increase in value that came about during the marriage; and, it validates the trial court’s decision to rest its valuation on th ...

Starling v. Starling

In divorce case, appellate court upholds classification of a family business as hybrid property, entitling the community to the increase in value that came about during the marriage; and, it validates the trial court’s decision to rest its valuation on th ...

Appellate court presented with incomplete record has no choice but to affirm

At issue in this marital dissolution case was the value of husband’s security software company, AnnaZach Software.

Lannes v. Lannes

At issue in this marital dissolution case was the value of husband's security software company, AnnaZach Software.

Court uses net asset value to value service business

The issues in this case marital dissolution case were (1) whether the trial court erred in determining the value of Language Learning Enterprises, Inc. (LLE), and (2) whether the trial court erred in its award of the wife's interest in LLE.

Diamond v. Diamond

Issues were whether the trial court erred in determining the value of Language Learning Enterprises, Inc. and in its award of the wife's interest in the company.

"We no longer think we know how to value"

If you're frustrated about how to value dot.com stocks, you have lots of company. In the August 1999 issue of BVU, we ran a guest article by Michael Ackrell , Director of Investment Banking for WR ...

Partnership Agreement Not Indicative of Goodwill

The primary issue in this marital dissolution is the value of Husband's partnership interest in his law firm of Hunton & Williams.

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