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Guides & Books

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 >>

Intellectual Property Valuation Case Law Compendium, Third Edition

April 2017

Confidently navigate your next IP engagement with new thought leadership in BVR's Intellectual Property Valuation Case Law Compendium, Third Edition. Ensure you have the most current analysis on how courts across the U.S. view key business valuation issues. This compendium includes in-depth analysis on nearly 200 court cases, several chapters with insight and advice from top business valuation experts, and a list of the top 20 questions to ask when completing due diligence for an IP valuation.  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 >>

BVR’s Business Valuation in Divorce Case Law Compendium, Third Edition

May 2016

BVR’s new Business Valuation in Divorce Case Law Compendium, Third Edition is an indispensable tool for every divorce professional who wants to stay ahead of the game. Now updated with the most recent court cases featuring divorce cases with a business valuation component, this must-have compendium contains 340+ divorce cases which grapple with key business valuation issues.

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The Comprehensive Guide to Economic Damages, Fourth Edition

April 2016

The Comprehensive Guide to Economic Damages, Fourth Edition (formerly The Comprehensive Guide to Lost Profits and Other Commercial Damages), edited by  Nancy J. Fannon and Jonathan Dunitz, bridges the gap between the economics in damages cases and what the courts say about the calculations and evidentiary requirements. It provides a deep and rich resource, found nowhere else, for financial experts and attorneys seeking guidance on damage calculations. 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 >>

Business Valuation & Bankruptcy Compendium: Case Law & Analysis, Second Edition

November 2014

BVR’s bestselling Business Valuation & Bankruptcy: Case Law Compendium, Second Edition is updated with the most recent court cases featuring business valuation and bankruptcy. This one-of-a-kind legal resource will save you hours of research. 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 >>

BVR's Business Valuation Issues in Estate and Gift Tax: Case Law Compendium

March 2012

BVR's Business Valuation Issues in Estate and Gift Tax: Case Law Compendium contains 200+ court cases abstracts and full text opinions of cases involving tax disputes over estate and gift valuations dating back to 1993. The field of gift and estate tax law has changed rapidly in the past 10-15 years with a number of cases that speak directly to the business valuation profession. 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 >>
Training

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 2017 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 >>

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 >>

Double Dipping: The Debate Continues

BVLaw Case Update: A One-Hour Briefing

The Double Dipping Debate

BVLaw Case Update: A One-Hour Briefing

BVLaw Case Update: A One-Hour Briefing

BVLaw Case Update: A One Hour Briefing

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News & Research

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

Attorneys and appraisers alike turn to the exclusive BVLaw collection of 3,700+ cases and case digests concerning business valuation issues including economic damages, lost profits, estate and gift tax, divorce, shareholder repression, partnership dissolution, securities litigation, and more. Learn more >>
Blog Posts

NJ court’s goodwill ruling comes in for harsh criticism from appellate panel

The flashpoint in a protracted New Jersey divorce proceeding was the valuation of the owner spouse's equity partner interest in a large law firm. A critical issue was whether the value of the interest should include an additional amount stemming from the firm's enterprise goodwill. The trial court's decision elicited stinging criticism from the appellate court. Read more >>

WA court’s goodwill analysis looks a lot like appreciation analysis

A recent Washington state divorce case included a noteworthy discussion of goodwill where the owner spouse’s business arguably was separate property. Divorce experts will notice that the court’s goodwill analysis has much in common with an appreciation analysis. Read more >>

Active-passive categorization skews appreciation analysis, court finds

Valuators may think they know all there’s to know about quantifying the appreciation of nonmarital property by using the active versus passive framework. Think again. A recent Florida divorce case illustrates that the premature categorization of assets may lead to an improper valuation. Read more >>

Trail income is different from personal goodwill, Tennessee court clarifies

Tennessee does not consider personal goodwill in a solo proprietorship a marital asset. But what about trail income, the money a financial planner makes from managing his or her clients’ funds and portfolios? In Fuller v. Fuller, the owner-spouse argued the goodwill analysis applied to the treatment of trail income as well. The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently disagreed. Read more >>

Federal Circuit reacts coolly to ‘pseudo’ lost profits argument; royalty analysis may consider profits

The Federal Circuit recently found a reasonable royalty calculation that took into account the plaintiff’s profit margin was not a lost profits analysis in disguise. The plaintiff’s expert did not try to circumvent the “but for” causation requirement that applied to a lost profits claim. Read more >>

Flop film poses unique valuation challenge

A recent bankruptcy-related case in front of the California Court of Appeal raises important questions about how one quantifies the value of a dated piece of art, a film, for which there never was a market in the first place. Read more >>

Guidance for valuators on Washington state double dip jurisprudence

Double dipping is a tricky issue because different states have developed different approaches to it. Valuators specializing in divorce issues must know the controlling case law in the state in which they practice. A recent decision by the Washington state Court of Appeals clarifies its state's analytical framework in a case featuring a successful management consulting business the husband had set up and grown during the marriage. Read more >>

Flawed yardstick analysis sinks lost profits award

A drawn-out damages case in which a startup compression sportswear company sued the defendant "private label" manufacturer over an abandoned licensing deal promised to make the plaintiff rich but ultimately ended with nominal damages. Read more >>

Whataburger grills Wonder Woman over logo

If next year's Wonder Woman pic is boffo, it will raise the stakes in the "friendly" talks going on between Whataburger and DC Comics over the superheroine's "stacked W" logo. Read more >>