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Business valuation expert witness candidates typically have extensive experience in forensic accounting, corporate finance, investment banking, and/or appraisal methodologies. Business valuation experts may be accredited as a certified public accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), or Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, an attorney may request a economic damages specialist with prior expert witness testimony experience. The chosen expert may be a member of an industry organization such as the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), or the International Institute of Business Valuers (IIBV). A business valuation expert witness needs to not only have expertise, but must also be prepared to explain the evidence to a judge and jury, as well as withstand the scrutiny of a cross examination.

What is a business valuation? 

The three main business valuation standards are:

Valuation methodologies vary depending on the situation. All valuation models have limitations; a valuation requires assumptions and acumen. Therefore, outcomes will vary depending on the assumptions used. When selecting a business valuation expert witness it is important to inquire about past valuation issues and ask what models and assumptions were used. Forensic accounting is a specialty practice area of accounting, and requires accounting, auditing, quantitative methods, knowledge of certain areas of the law, and investigative skills.

Examples of legal matters that would require valuation services include intellectual property valuation, family law (personal property and real estate valuation), mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, and fraud. Litigation support consulting services by a professional business appraiser could include a financial analysis, financial forensics, dispute resolution/arbitration, expert opinion, depositions, and expert testimony in court.

Whether the case involves:

Cahn Litigation Services has the skills and experience needed to identify the ideal business valuation analyst, CPA, or forensic accounting expert suited for the case. The firm has an earned reputation for presenting litigation support candidates with the perfect balance of expertise and testimony experience.

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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Business Valuation experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Business Valuation landscape.