CPA CFF Forensic Accountant
First of all, if you feel you should meet with a CPA CFF Forensic Accountant, call one to discuss it. A CFF is a CPA who has taken the time and energy, and developed significant experience to extend their skills to forensic accounting. The CFF credential is offered only to CPA licensees, and is offered by the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants). A CPA CFF applies forensic accounting skills to litigation support, analysis of financial information, financial forensics, valuation of loss or damages, and investigation of suspected fraud, embezzlement, and misappropriation of assets. These skills come into play most often in legal issues or cases. Unfortunately, fraud, embezzlement, and misappropriation occur more often than one would expect in all types of businesses and enterprises. Most of all, if you, your company, or your legal counsel experience or suspect these kinds of issues, start with a call.
It is important to note that CPA licensees come with different backgrounds, experiences, and accreditation. Thus, CPA licensees have different strengths and weaknesses. Believe it or not, some CPAs have no notable formal finance education, and some CPAs are not the best accountants. Any CPA should be able to provide you quick guidance as to who can help you. The last thing a CPA should do is talk you into needing their services. The conversation should be more of a quick discussion to see if additional steps with a CPA CFF Forensic Accountant are even warranted. Additionally, a CPA should offer you information about their particular skills and area of focus. It should not be like pulling teeth. You should also feel free to ask about the status of their license(s) and accreditation(s). It is also proper to ask about any complaints the CPA has had with the state.
Forensic Accounting Expert Witness
Worldview Consulting & Accounting successfully completed litigation support for a forensic accounting contracts case. First of all, our expert met the burden in a finding for plaintiff client. Forensic accounting expert witness for a partner who brought claims against a managing partner for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and misappropriation of assets. Most noteworthy, performed bank record and document examination, damage calculations, prepared exhibits for litigation, and provided expert testimony.
Forensic Accounting Services Portland Oregon offered by Worldview Consulting & Accounting, Inc.
Forensic Accounting Services Portland, OR offered by Worldview Consulting & Accounting. Worldview Consulting & Accounting is a CPA firm in Portland, OR as displayed in the Oregon State Bar Marketplace. First, we provide useful experience and skill handling large amounts of data, use conversion tools where needed, and extract data from systems or disparate sources. Second, we bring out evidence that the data hold and display that for case strategy. Third, we bring multiple technical competencies from decades of real-world operations experience. Accordingly, we provide expert witness testimony backed by passionate effort. As a result, our firm helps you succeed in litigation and fraud examinations.
Certified Financial Forensics
Worldview Consulting & Accounting, an Oregon registered CPA firm, successfully completed litigation support services for a contracts case, meeting the burden for the client. William Burwell is a CFF, certified in financial forensics with experience in business valuations, corporate tax, S-corporations, forensic accounting, and litigation support. Litigation support with expert testimony experience.
Advanced skills in data analytics, extracting large amounts of financial and accounting data from various systems, books, and other sources.
All business valuation efforts require close attention to the unique qualities, dynamics, product diversity, markets, competitors, and the place in the market that a business occupies. There are shortcut approaches to valuing a business, but shortcuts bring an opportunity to mislead everyone involved. As the above statement may sound like an obvious ploy to suggest that you must hire an expert (like our firm) to provide such an analysis, the truth is that any well-meaning business owner can perform competent analysis if they so desire. Careful consideration must be given to the specific entity, the purpose of the valuation, its stakeholders, owners, investors, customers, markets, and industries, along with the climates within which it exists. Small business, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), lower middle market, middle market, and big businesses differ in terms of magnitude, market and product diversity, and liquidity, and complexity. This is not to say that an SME cannot be extremely complex. For example, one that holds a substantial intangible or tangible technology IP portfolio. For our short discussion here we leave out the complexity of intangibles. In short, one must understand the business closely to provide a valuation. Accounting skill without real finance knowledge, or accounting and finance skill without real market knowledge of the business owners are insufficient bases from which to approach business valuation.
One of many possible combination methods that can be used for business valuation is a multiples valuation in conjunction with a discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation using forecasted free cash flow to operations (FCFO). DCF works well where the business owner(s) have accomplished the amazing feat of creating a consistent sales and cash flow performance over time due to a well admired product or service and a loyal customer base. The forecast for the DCF is the key, but only if understood as guidance, not as an end all. A forecast must be built on a solid footing, with the understanding that past data does not guarantee future performance. It must be reasonable, and period specific growth rates must be justifiable and reasonable. In one case, we built just such a forecast from five years of historical data as a baseline, and then created sensitivity tables from that forecast to provide a justifiable range.
DCF analysis, based on both historical data, and a reasonable forecast can also show sensitivities in the structure of the company being valued. Sensitivity showed, in one example, that the valuation was highly sensitive to cost of goods sold (COGS) as a percent of sales, and also sales, general, and administrative expenses (SG&A) as a percent of sales. The analysis, in this example, also showed that the valuation was not sensitive to a change in the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) used to discount the cash flows. The sensitivities can then be displayed, like the example below, in a relevant range around the actual performance of the company being valued.
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