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Forensic Accounting - Fraud - Business Valuation

June 2015


Determination of the Value of a Business for Purposes of a Buy-Sell Agreement

A buy-sell agreement explains how ownership interest in a business may be transferred if an owner wishes to sell, retires, divorces, passes away or becomes disabled ("trigger events"). An effectively designed, written and funded buy-sell agreement can help avoid undue stress and financial problems at the trigger event. However, if the buy-sell agreement isn't supported by a business valuation prepared by an expert, it can be subject to protracted litigation. There are several ways to determine the value of a business for purposes of the buy-sell agreement. (click here for complete article)

Practice Profile:

Business Valuation Services for Buy-Sell Agreements

A buy-sell agreement needs to be clear about the method of valuation of the business, the process of determining the value, who will perform the valuation, who will pay for the valuation, and the timing of the payments for the stock. Businesses of all types and sizes need buy-sell agreements, including privately-held partnerships, LLPs, LLCs, and corporations. Arxis Financial's valuation specialists provide clients with a comprehensible valuation that aids attorneys, business owners, management, and financial planners in decision-making.

The Business Valuation practice is headed by partner Chris L. Hamilton, CPA, CFE, CVA. Mr. Hamilton is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Valuation Analyst. 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.


Upcoming Speaking Engagements for Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton's upcoming presentations include:


  • "Financial Ethics, Morality, and the Law" presented to Leadership Simi Valley at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA

If you are interested in asking Mr. Hamilton to speak at your organization's upcoming meeting, please feel free to contact him.


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