Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Business Valuation Insights - Third Quarter 2018

Investment Banking

So, What Does an "Investment Banker" Actually Do? 

By:  Chris Johnson, Investment Banking Associate

"Investment banking.” If you’re in business, you’ve likely heard these two words uttered count­less times. Whether you read the Wall Street Journal, turn on CNBC, listen to political talk shows, or follow the latest Bitcoin news, investment bankers seem to be everywhere. This raises the question, what does an investment banker actually “do”?

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How To Reduce the Risk of Fraud in Your Business: Lessons from the 2018 ACFE Survey

By:  James A. Gravitt, CPA, CBA, ABV, CFE 

Fraud is like termite damage: No one wants to consider that they have it, but it can eat away at the foun­dations of your business. The recently issued “Report to the Nations – 2018 Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse,” by the Asso­ciation of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) contains salient cautionary advice for business owners seeking to protect their businesses. What are the key takeaways?

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Court Case Insights

Here are some recent court cases involving business valuations and business damages that we found interesting. 

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Our Value Proposition - "Real World" Valuation

Hilliard Lyons Investment Banking brings a special perspective to business valuation engagements via continuous "real world" exposure to the market that is obtained through our mergers and acquisitions practice.  While we possess recognized valuation credentials, adhere to valuation standards, and have substantial valuation experience, we believe it is our experience in the market for buying and selling businesses that is the critical factor grounding our valuations in reality.