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Let’s Chat About Business Valuation

ABV credentialI’m not going to pretend I have extraordinary insight into the economy, but I do know that February was a very strong month for IPOs and that signs are pointing to an increase in mergers and acquisitions. These two trends, combined with the fact that business valuation is already one of the fastest growing ‘niche services’ among Accounting Today’s Top 100 firms in both 2012 and 2011 means that this is a great time to learn more about the AICPA’s Accredited in Business Valuation Credential.


In addition to the increase in M&As and IPOs thus far this year, valuation professionals said they expect to see increased demand for shareholder/partner disputes, contractual disputes and family law as well as in bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganization in the next two to five years, according to the 2011 Forensic and Valuation Services Trend Survey.

The bottom line? If you are about to enter the accounting profession or you’re a CPA looking to expand the services you or your firm offers, look no further than business valuation and the ABV Credential.

The timing is perfect.  This year, the AICPA is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the ABV Credential with activities designed to increase awareness – both among the public and within the profession – of this fast growing practice area, culminating in the AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services Conference in November.

The first such event is a live Facebook chat with our guest Ethan Lee, CPA/ABV/CFF, titled “Managing, Marketing & Making Money in a Valuation Services Practice.” Lee will share insights gained through his experience working in litigation support and business valuation services as a supervisor for Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc. The chat, be held on 3 to 4 p.m. ET on March 28 is structured as a question and answer session, which makes it ideal for those who wish to further learn more about the opportunities in this area.

Visit AICPA LiveChat to sign up – then join us at that same link on March 28.

Looking for more info on the ABV Credential? Check out these links below.

Read this excellent overview on the value of the ABV Credential on ThisWaytoCPA and at aicpa.org/abv.

Watch real life CPAs extol the ABV credential in this short and informative video.

To join the more than 3,100 ABV Credential holders, candidates must meet qualification requirements, which include successfully passing the ABV Examination and meeting valuation-related business experience and educational requirements.

Learn about the details required to hold the ABV, as well as the benefits of holding the credential in the application kit.

Members of the public looking to work with an ABV can find one in their area using the AICPA’s Credential Holder Directory.

, AICPA Staff.


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