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Commercial Real Estate, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Cram Down Interest Rates (Part I of II) In this two-part series the author provides an overview of the issues confronted by courts and financial experts involved in a commercial real estate (CRE) bankruptcy. In this first part, the author discusses how a financial expert may go about to determine the appropriate interest rate for the underlying claims and analyze the CRE market. In the second part of this s ...

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Kardash v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2015-51

Assessing Solvency, Fraudulent Transfers, and Liability When Distributions are Made to Minority Shareholders The recent U.S. Tax Court case of Kardash v Commissioner, T.C. Memo, 2015–51 provides guidance regarding transferee liability and underscores how valuations are used to determine when and if a subject company is insolvent. The case also summarizes a number of defenses used (and rejected) to counter a ...

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Second Fairness Opinions

Fairness opinions are offered by financial advisors, primarily, investment bankers on behalf of the Board of Directors who rely on them when considering a significant corporate event. The fairness opinion says that the impending transaction is fair from a financial point of view of the subject company’s stakeholders. As Jeff K. Davis, Managing Director of Mercer Capital’s Financial Institutions Group, expla ...

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Mediation 101

Understanding the Magic Mediation is an exceedingly simple and yet extremely powerful dispute resolution process. Principles, process, and prerequisites coalesce to produce the magic of mediation. Those understanding the essential three “P's” of mediation benefit by becoming better negotiators, thus producing more satisfying results and enjoying higher settlement rates. ...

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Forensic Techniques

As a Fraud Deterrence Tool Trained forensic professionals investigate accounting and financial transactions that are, or will become, subject to legal proceedings. It is an early step in a potential war, and many times it is the first shot. Attorneys and c-level executives are often not familiar with forensic techniques and see it as a means to quantify a loss. Financial forensics also provides a means to d ...

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Q&A: What you need to ask clients before setting a price

An increasing number of industry pricing experts are advising CPA firms to consider replacing their billable hour pricing with a fixed pricing or value pricing model.  Author and consultant Ron Baker and the Journal of Accountancy have a question and answer session to discuss the conversations that firms must have in order to implement value pricing.  They talk about questions CPAs should ask during the con ...

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Understanding Compensation per Work RVU

The Structure of Physician Compensation The structure of compensation for hospital/health-system employed physicians is a constant struggle for administrators with the rise of physician practice acquisitions and subsequent employment of these physicians. Based on estimates from Jackson Healthcare1, approximately 35 percent of all physicians are employed by a hospital/health-system. As a result, the issue of ...

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50 Reasons for a Business Appraisal

Creating Value for Business Owners and Board Members In this article, Edward Mendlowitz, CPA, ABA, CFF. shares his views regarding the importance of having a business valued. He identifies 50 ways that a valuation professional can provide something far more valuable than a number. While the valuation profession is under pressure to reduce costs or prepare a report, the business owner is better served in the ...

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How to Avoid S Corporation Inadvertent Terminations

The requirements that S corporations must meet may be challenging but any violation of the rules may result in an inadvertent termination of an S corporation’s status.  Sally P. Schreiber, senior editor with the AICPA Magazines & Newsletters team, outlines the S corporation requirements and talks about the seven types of trusts that qualify to be S corporation shareholders.  She discusses how the IRS is ...

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Unique Issue in Standards for Distressed Business Valuation

Part 2: AIRA Issues New Standards for Distressed Business Valuation In this second article on AIRA Standards, the author discusses unique issues valuing distressed companies. These include the standard of value used, the premise of value, the intended use of the valuation, and cost of capital. The author also discusses the use and level of acceptance of the Industry Risk Premium (IRP) in the bankruptcy/reor ...

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Hospital Valuations–Market Approach

Beware of the Limitations of Hospital Transaction Databases The market approach is one of three established valuation approaches. In this approach the valuation analyst will look for comparable companies. In this article the authors caution against the outright use of databases as a means of developing a Conclusion of Value for a hospital. Independent verification is time-consuming and essential. The author ...

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Regulation A+: Raising the Capital Cap for Small Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued Regulation A+ that amends the existing exemption from registration requirements for smaller issues of securities. This ruling creates a two-tiered offering structure that will solve many of the limitations of Regulation A. Madeline L. Harrigan, a financial analyst with Mercer Capital, says the updated Regulation A+ provides a greater annual dollar limit ...

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