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Guides & Books

The BVR Guide to Management Projections and Business Valuation: Analysis and Case Law

June 2021

BVR’s Guide to Management Projections and Business Valuation: Analysis and Case Law provides professionals with guidance in two forms. The Guide includes articles that discuss a variety of elements, issues, and techniques practitioners should consider when utilizing management’s projections or creating their own. In addition, the Guide includes a multitude of applicable case law  to assist practitioners in researching opinions on different matters in various jurisdictions. Learn more >>

Business Valuation and Bankruptcy: Case Law Compendium, 3rd Edition

March 2021

The bestselling Business Valuation & Bankruptcy: Case Law Compendium, Third Edition from BVR once again delivers, digests and summarizes all relevant recent case law.  This one-of-a-kind legal resource saves you hours of research and features a collection of articles and analysis that will prove illuminating for any practitioner. Learn more >>

Intellectual Property Valuation Case Law Compendium, Fourth Edition

January 2021

Intellectual property (IP) valuation and litigation continue to make headlines – especially when damages are involved.  Every financial expert and attorney practicing in this area needs to keep up with legal precedent – and stay ahead of new and evolving methodologies. This 4th edition of BVR’s IP Valuation Case Law Compendium puts all vital thought leadership and case law at your fingertips. Learn more >>

Business Valuation Case Law Yearbook, 2021 Edition

January 2021

Practitioners have come to rely on the annual Business Valuation Case Law Yearbook– and certainly the 2021 edition will prove even more vital than ever. The legal coverage and in-depth analysis from the BVR legal team deliver lessons learned to help appraisers reach better and more defensible valuation conclusions. The Yearbook shows how financial experts helped their side win (and lose) in the courtroom.  Learn more >>

Business Valuation Update Yearbook, 2021 Edition

January 2021

Always a highly-anticipated annual publication, the Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2021 covers the year’s most groundbreaking and thought-provoking advancements on valuation methodologies in the face of a global pandemic.  It also captures, changes in regulations and professional standards, key takeaways from the best virtual conferences, and tactical practice-building ideas. This critical desktop reference puts you ahead of the competition with on-the-ground reporting from valuation experts, thought-leaders, and BVR’s expert editorial and legal teams. Learn more >>

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

March 2020

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 >>

Business Valuation Case Law Yearbook, 2020 Edition

January 2020

The Business Valuation Case Law Yearbook, 2020 Edition is essential for business appraisers and attorneys who want to stay ahead of their peers on the most important legal issues brought up in business valuation-related cases. With in-depth analysis from BVR’s legal team, the lessons learned in this book help appraisers reach better and more defensible valuation conclusions. And, attorneys who retain appraisers as financial experts learn how their experts can help them win (or lose) in court.  Learn more >>

Business Valuation Update Yearbook, 2020 Edition

January 2020

BVR has you covered with the Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2020. This newest edition from the publishers of Business Valuation Update covers the year’s most groundbreaking and thought-provoking advancements in business valuation, and more. This critical desktop reference keeps you ahead of your peers with on-the-ground reporting from valuation experts, thought-leaders, and BVR’s editorial team. Learn more >>

Business Valuation Case Law Yearbook, 2019 Edition

February 2019

The Business Valuation Case Law Yearbook, 2019 Edition is essential for business appraisers and attorneys who want to stay ahead of their peers on the most important legal issues brought up in business valuation-related cases. With in-depth analysis from BVR’s legal team, the lessons learned in this book help appraisers reach better and more defensible valuation conclusions. And, attorneys who retain appraisers as financial experts learn how their experts can help them win (or lose) in court.  Learn more >>

Business Valuation Update Yearbook, 2019 Edition

February 2019

BVR has you covered with the Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2019. This newest edition from the publishers of Business Valuation Update covers the year’s most groundbreaking and thought-provoking advancements in business valuation, and more. This critical desktop reference keeps you ahead of your peers with on-the-ground reporting from valuation experts, thought-leaders, and BVR’s editorial team. Learn more >>

Business Valuation Case Law Yearbook, 2018 Edition

February 2018

The Business Valuation Case Law Yearbook, 2018 Edition is essential for business appraisers and attorneys who want to stay ahead of their peers on the most important legal issues brought up in business valuation-related cases. With in-depth analysis from BVR’s legal team, the lessons learned in this book help appraisers reach better and more defensible valuation conclusions. And, attorneys who retain appraisers as financial experts learn how their experts can help them win (or lose) in court.  Learn more >>

Business Valuation Update Yearbook, 2018 Edition

February 2018

BVR has you covered with the Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2018. This newest edition from the publishers of Business Valuation Update covers the year’s most groundbreaking and thought-provoking advancements in business valuation, and more. This critical desktop reference keeps you ahead of your peers with on-the-ground reporting from valuation experts, thought-leaders, and BVR’s editorial team. Learn more >>

Litigation Services Handbook: The Role of the Financial Expert, 6th Edition

May 2017

The Litigation Services Handbook is the definitive guide for financial experts engaged in litigation services. Attorneys require financial experts now more than ever, and this book provides the guidance you need to provide a high level of service as witness and consultant. Enhance your litigation skills as you delve into the fine points of trial preparation, deposition, and testimony; project authority under examination, and hold up to tough questions under cross-examination.  Learn more >>

The Business Valuation Bench Book

April 2017

If you are an attorney or judge navigating business valuation concepts and calculations in financial experts' reports, you'll want this practical reference guide on your bookshelf. The  Business Valuation Bench Book , gives you the guidance and tools to better assess the facts and analysis made by business valuation experts. Written by top financial experts William J. Morrison and Jay E. Fishman this must-have resource addresses fundamental business valuation concepts in an easy-to-use format. Learn more >>

Business Valuation Case Law Yearbook, 2017 Edition

February 2017

The Business Valuation Case Law Yearbook analyzes the year’s most meaningful valuation-related issues in the major courts including marital disputes, breach of contract actions, damages, dissenting shareholder disputes, estate and gift tax cases, federal taxation, intellectual property cases, bankruptcy litigation, and more. Readers learn how debates over economic damages, goodwill, M&A-related appraisals, discounts, and Daubert challenges played out in court during the past year. Learn more >>

Business Valuation Update Yearbook, 2017 Edition

February 2017

BVR has you covered with the Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2017. This newest edition from the publishers of Business Valuation Update covers the year’s most groundbreaking and thought-provoking advancements in business valuation including IRC Sec. 2704, DLOM, cost of capital, and more. This critical desktop reference keeps you ahead of your peers with on-the-ground reporting from valuation experts, thought-leaders, and BVR’s editorial team. Learn more >>

Business Valuation Yearbook 2016

February 2016

Keep up with business valuation’s most innovative approaches and techniques, new court decisions, and regulatory and professional standards updates. BVR has you covered with the Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2016. This newest edition from the publishers of Business Valuation Update covers the year’s most groundbreaking and thought-provoking advancements Learn more >>

BVR Legal and Court Case Yearbook 2016

February 2016

The BVR Legal and Court Case Yearbook 2016 is essential for business appraisers and attorneys who want to stay ahead of their peers on the most important legal issues confronting business valuation. With in-depth analysis from BVR’s legal team, the lessons learned in this book help appraisers come to better and more defensible valuation conclusions. Learn more >>

Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2015

February 2015

BVR has you covered with the latest news in the business valuation profession! Get your Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2015 now to stay up to date with the most innovative approaches and techniques, leading conferences, new court decisions and changes in regulations and standards in the profession with on-the-ground reporting from valuation experts, thought-leaders and the BVR editorial team. Learn more >>

BVR Legal and Court Case Yearbook 2015

February 2015

The BVR Legal and Court Case Yearbook 2015 is essential for business valuation professionals and attorneys to stay current on the most important legal issues confronting the profession. The Yearbook covers marital disputes, breach of contract actions, damages, dissenting shareholder disputes, estate and gift tax cases, federal taxation, intellectual property cases, bankruptcy litigation, and more. Learn more >>

Valuation Cases From the Delaware Court of Chancery Show How to Excel (PDF)

October 2014

Valuation Cases From the Delaware Court of Chancery Show How to Excel is an important and one of a kind reference tool for your library. The court case digests and articles presented in this special report provide rigorous analysis of and insight into the court’s view of business valuation methodologies and valuation techniques. Learn more >>

Daubert Challenges: The Courts Raise the Bar (PDF)

July 2014

This special report equips practitioners with case law, sample motions, practice tips, and check lists. In the report's nearly 350 pages, financial experts and lawyers share their unique insights into what it means to face a Daubert challenge and what it takes to survive one. No expert hoping to excel in the litigation arena can afford to be without this unique practice tool. Learn more >>

The Lawyer's Business Valuation Handbook, Second Edition

July 2010

This book is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, authoritative reference on the merits of business valuation positions, and assists the legal profession in evaluating the quality and comprehensiveness of evidence as well as qualifications of experts.  Learn more >>
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Black Scholes Option Model: Global Education by iiBV (eLearning Course)

The Black Scholes Option Model was first published in 1973, but the applicability in valuation is strong to this day. Join iiBV expert Andrew Strickland as he dissects and explains the various components of the models, and how they can be utilized in your valuation. Learn more >>

Excel for Valuation: Beginner to Advanced (eLearning course)

Whether you're new to the field or a veteran business valuation practitioner, there is no tool more critical than Excel.  BVR's new eLearning course, "Excel for Valuation: Beginner to Advanced," will catapult your Excel knowledge and skills so you can work as efficiently as possible with spreadsheets, formulas and functions. You can customize the course to match your skill level; start with the very basics or jump right into more complex areas. The eLearning combination of video, notes, take-away templates, quizzes, and exercises ensure you will remain thoroughly engaged for the duration of the course.  Learn more >>

International Business Valuation Standards and Ethics (eLearning course)

Valuation is a global profession, and for many that means complying with the new 2020 International Valuation Standards and Code of Ethical Principles. This comprehensive eLearning course delivers what you need to know to demonstrate global valuation competency and understand the significant changes to the standards. See practical and relevant examples by working through an actual case study that follows all of the logical steps of a valuation engagement. Hold yourself to a higher  global standard and be prepared to venture wherever your next valuation assignment takes you. Learn more >>

International Cost of Capital: Global Education by iiBV (eLearning course)

The income approach is the most relied upon approach for most valuations, and determining the cost of capital for your engagement for a non-U.S. company is often difficult due to lack of local data. Utilizing commonly applied models in developing international cost of capital, such as relative volatility models or country yield spread models, is critical for success. Learn the shortcomings of each model in terms of their ability to capture the systematic and unsystematic risk in a subject company. Learn more >>

Masterclass in the Valuation of Family Limited Partnerships and LLCs (eLearning course)

As professional appraisal methodology has advanced, so has the valuation of family limited partnerships (FLPs) and limited liability companies (LLCs). Adopting an analytical method for valuing FLPs and LLCs using the income and market approaches allows appraisers to more accurately and objectively determine a value that can withstand the scrutiny of IRS challenges. Experts Bruce Johnson, Jim Park, and Spencer Jefferies conduct case studies to teach the best practices for valuing noncontrolling, nonmarketable FLP and LLC interests. Learn more >>

Monte Carlo: Applications, Examples and Best Practices for Valuation (eLearning course)

As complexity and uncertainty continue to increase, business valuation experts must up their game to master the challenges that accompany today's engagements. Rise to – and soar beyond – the occasion using Monte Carlo simulations, an indispensable method for advanced valuation scenarios. This eLearning course, "Monte Carlo: Applications, Examples and Best Practices for Valuation" distills the best instruction and content on the topic. Learn more >>

Valuing Early Stage Companies: Global Education by iiBV (eLearning course)

Early stage companies are challenging to value. Often with undeveloped or even no revenue these companies require a unique set of tools for a business valuer. Learn the common models used to deploy valuations in this area such as the Current Value Method, Option Pricing Model, and the Probability Weighted Expected Return Method (PWERM), along with their shortcomings. Learn more >>

Valuing Intangible Assets: Global Education by iiBV (eLearning course)

 Every valuation professional needs to be able to identify the differences between intangible and tangible assets. The first step is to define the major categories of intangible assets and understand the common models used to determine value. Often the purpose of intangible valuation is for financial reporting contexts, including purchase price allocation. Join Jon Barton in this fundamental eLearning course that builds on core valuation concepts with in depth lectures and Excel-based case studies. Learn more >>

Valuing Minority Interests: Global Education by iiBV (eLearning course)

Valuing a partial interest in a business is difficult, and when that interest is a minority ownership stake the impact to value can be significant. In this eLearning course, led by John Barton, you’ll learn methods to adjust for and quantify minority discounts. Control is a key issue, and understanding the multiple methods an appraiser can utilize is critical to a defensible valuation. Learn more >>

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Business Valuation Update

The Business Valuation Update (BVU), a monthly newsletter with searchable online access, includes new thinking from leading professionals, detailed reports from valuation conferences, analysis of new business valuation approaches, thorough analysis of “landmark” legal cases in key business valuation issues, regulatory and standards updates, and much more. Learn more >>

BVLaw

Turn to the exclusive BVLaw collection, which includes case digests and court opinions for thousands of business valuation and damages cases that deal with economic damages, lost profits, estate and gift tax, divorce, shareholder repression, partnership dissolution, securities litigation, and more. Learn more >>
Blog Posts

Five Areas to Explore If You Suspect a Spouse Is Hiding Crypto Assets in a Marital Dispute

In BVR’s recent webinar, Cryptocurrency Fraud and Forensics: What Valuation Professionals Need to Know, forensic and cryptocurrency experts Katerina Gaebel and Mark DiMichael, both of Citrin Cooperman, covered various hot topics on fraud and forensic accounting issues in digital assets and how they affect the business valuation profession. Here, we summarize five key areas where one would find proof of crypto asset fraud in a marital dispute, including interviews, tax returns, bank accounts, credit card statements, and more. Read more >>

Caesars Entertainment sues over COVID-19-related economic damages

On March 19, Caesars Entertainment joined the long list of businesses that have filed lawsuits against their insurance companies for refusing to pay business interruption losses stemming from COVID-19-related government shutdowns of economies across the nation and world. Whether Caesars, which asserts that losses its various business entities incurred may exceed $2 billion, succeeds where a lot of other plaintiffs have failed will be worth monitoring. Read more >>

Five Timely Insights From the NYSSCPA Business Valuation and Litigation Services Conference

The conference season is well underway, and Business Valuation Update has been on the virtual road, collecting the latest insights on a wide variety of topics. Here are some interesting takeaways from the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) Business Valuation and Litigation Services Conference, held May 17. Topics included emerging issues (SPACs, cryptocurrency, Zoom as a practice-builder) and some new perspectives on evergreen topics (estate valuations, cannabis, distressed firms, and collaborations). Read more >>

Professional Standards for Certified Public Accountants, Economists, and Other Financial Experts

Financial experts may be subject to standards of professional practice from a number of sources when they measure lost profits damages and give related expert testimony. The sources can include governmental regulators as well as professional membership organizations and societies. In addition, a technical community may establish professional standards of practice in other ways. Read more >>

Seven Techniques to Consider When Calculating Damages for Early-Stage Companies

Measuring lost profits damages for new or early-stage businesses can be a daunting task. Traditional damage analyses that rely on historical results are often meaningless since, by definition, startup companies usually lack a track record of operating results. Without an historical operating history for measuring lost profits, the damages expert walks a thin line between speculation and a reasoned analysis. Under most circumstances, to be admissible evidence, damage analyses require relevant and reliable factual bases. These legal and evidentiary requirements are often heightened when measuring damages for new businesses. Read more >>

Top Expert Answers for Today’s Tough BV Questions

In BVR’s recent webinar, Power Panel: Live Expert Answers for Today’s Tough BV Questions, experts Jay E. Fishman, Michelle Gallagher, Ken Pia, and Jeffrey Tarbell covered various hot topics that affect the business valuation profession. These questions ranged from the basics, such as “What will 2021 look like?” to “What are your thoughts on the current state of the ESOP litigation environment particularly with the new administration coming in?” Here, we summarize five of the questions and answers. For more information, be sure to check out the complete recording and transcript of the session. Read more >>

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. Valuation experts who have not yet had the “pleasure” of attending virtual hearings may be concerned about it—and rightly so. In person, you are in control of how you look and sound, but, when you are online, you are at the mercy of technology, which can make you look good—or very bad. Fortunately, at the recent AAML/BVR Virtual Divorce Conference, valuation experts and attorneys shared their experiences and tips for testifying in a virtual world. Read more >>

2020 Top Business Valuation and Damages Cases

Complicated as the year 2020 was, it was not boring. The past year offered a wealth of lawsuits dealing with business valuation and economic damages issues. The list below shows our Top 10. Read more >>

Top 10 Tips From the 2020 AAML/BV Virtual Divorce Conference

Family law attorneys, valuation professionals, and industry experts connected virtually this fall to share advice during the Virtual Divorce Conference brought to you by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Business Valuation Resources (BVR). Here are the top 10 key takeaways from the many great sessions with top thought leaders in the profession. Read more >>

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. Read more >>