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This past week I presented to a group of business owners on the importance of having a professional business valuation.  In addition to many situations where an independent business valuation is required (e.g. estate freeze, shareholder or matrimonial dispute litigation, purchase or sale of business, etc.), a business valuation can also be a very powerful planning tool.

You have now completed your review of a business valuation report by considering:

  • The type of valuation report;
  • The author’s credentials and qualifications;
  • Any scope limitations underlying the conclusions;
  • The valuation approach(es) adopted;
  • The reasonableness of the projected cash flows or historical normalization items;
  • The reasonableness of the discount rate, capitalization rate or valuation multiplier;
  • ...


Chartered Business Valuators (CBVs) are frequently retained as independent experts in , shareholder or matrimonial disputes to prepare an independent, expert damages or valuation report; as well as review an opposing expert’s report.  This independent and objective assistance is intended to help facilitate a settlement and/or assist a trier of fact render a decision in court.  As a b...


Often, in legal proceedings involving business disputes in Toronto and across Ontario, key issues arise, such as financial loss or the value of a business - figures that can differ and be inherently arrived at differently, depending on the that prepared the report. As a result, court proceedings may call two financial experts to present different expert opinions, testifying on the value of the business in question, or the fi...


Disputes in businesses often result in legal proceedings in which a claim is made. These claims may vary depending on the nature of the complaint or the breach that necessitates them, but at their core are economic damage quantifications or lost profits that resulted from the dispute. In providing to business owners and lawyers, business valuators work to provide the party they are c...