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March 2010

Feature Article:
"Damage Calculations and Use of Experts in Breach of Contract Matters"

A common question in litigation matters is “What is the case worth?” In some areas of litigation, an attorney often is able to come up with an initial estimate without much help from an expert. However, breach of contract matters typically require a deeper level of analysis and therefore require the expertise of someone, such as a CPA, with an understanding of how to quantify the damages. The calculation of damages from the breach of a contract involves … (click here for complete article)

Practice Profile:
"Insights on Valuation" -- 1st Quarter, 2010 Issue

We are pleased to include our quarterly newsletter "Insights on Valuation." In this issue, we discuss:

"The Economy and Its Impact on the Value of a Business": In the midst of the most severe recession many have ever known, a common question is what impact the economy has on the value of a business. To answer this question requires a review of some of the basics of business valuation.

"Publicly Traded vs. Privately Owned Companies—Comparable?": Can the trading price of a public company provide guidance in the valuation of a private company? Frequently, valuator experience and professional judgment can be applied to reconcile differences.

"Multi-Tiered Discounts": Often a business partnership or other entity may own an interest in another partnership or entity. Handling discounts related to these is difficult. The discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability at each tier need to be determined based on a rigorous analysis of the facts and circumstances.

Litigation Consulting Services for Breach of Contract

Arxis Financial's “Litigation Consulting” practice provides objective and independent evaluation of the economic and financial issues resulting from breach of contract actions. When a party fails, without a legally valid excuse, to live up to responsibilities under a contract there are typically widely varying opinions between plaintiff and defense as to the damages incurred from the breach of contract. Arxis Financial’s professionals can perform an analysis to calculate lost revenues, lost profits, lost opportunities, and unjust enrichment, as well as to provide assistance in the defense against such claims. We investigate and analyze the financial evidence and provide meaningful insights.

Expert analysis and conclusions are presented in depositions and trial at local, state and federal court levels as well as mediation and arbitration. We assist attorneys in interpreting the data and help counsel to understand and analyze events or issues as they develop the case and prepare discovery. Clients are pleased with Arxis Financial’s abilities to clearly, persuasively, and accurately present economic and financial evidence and opinions.

The Litigation Consulting practice is headed by partner Chris L. Hamilton, CPA, CFE, CVA, DABFA. Mr. Hamilton is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Valuation Analyst, and a Diplomate with the American Board of Forensic Accounting. He is a licensed life and disability insurance agent and a General Securities Representative. Mr. Hamilton has published articles in several publications, and has made presentations at national conferences, training institutes and seminars on topics including forensic accounting, fraud and business appraisal.

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Chris Hamilton, CPA CFE, CVA, DABFA
(805) 306-7890
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Litigation Consulting
Forensic Accounting - Fraud - Business Valuation

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