Valuation, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services Conference (LC)

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Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:30am-8:00am

Introduction and Opening Remarks
8:00am-8:10am



Morning General Sessions

Economic Development Update:Working Together to Support Growth and Prosperity (Credits: 1.0 TB)
8:10am-9:00am

Michael Finney
President & CEO / Miami Dade Beacon Council
Miami, FL

Economic development organizations depend on accounting and other professionals to do their job effectively and efficiently.  Learn how you can add value to your clients while helping to grow jobs and investment in our communities.


Pre-Claim Mitigation (Credits: 1.0 TB)
9:00am-9:50am

Gary R. Shendell
Managing Partner / Shendell & Pollock, P.L.
Boca Raton, FL
AND
Matthew A. Tornincasa
Partner / Shendell & Pollock, P.L.
Boca Raton, FL

This session will review various aspects of accounting professional liability including who generates the majority of claims; establishing a relationship with the client during the intake process; understanding EL provisions; client communication; testifying and case conclusion.


Confessions of a Reluctant Expert Witness (Credits: 1.0 TB)
10:10am-11:00am

Z. Christopher Mercer, FASA, CFA, ABAR
CEO / Mercer Capital Management, Inc
Memphis, TN

Becoming an expert witness isn't easy.  Learn first-hand from an expert about mistakes made and how to avoid them.  Explore how to prepare for and conduct yourself in depositions; how to be an effective witness on the stand; and how to organize an expert witness project - from acceptance to final billing.  Learn how to testify as an expert witness with impact.


Dale Carnegie Techniques: Foundation for Success (Credits: 1.0 BE)
11:00am-11:50am

Christine Ramirez Pallesen
Partner & Vice President of Training / Dale Carnegie Training Of South Florida
Ft Lauderdale, FL

Based on the time-tested Dale Carnegie principles of Winning Friends and Influencing People, this energizing and interactive session begins with taking total ownership of ourselves and how we are perceived.  By session's end, you will have techniques to strengthen relationships internally and externally; be able to apply attitude control principles to manage stress levels; and incorporate Dale Carnegie's famous principles to stand out in your professional field.


Afternoon Concurrent Breakouts (select one)
12:50pm-1:40pm

Breakout 1: Is the Size Effect Alive and Kicking...or Dead as a Doornail? (Credits: 1.0 TB)
12:50pm-1:40pm

Jim Harrington
Director, Office of Professional Practice / Duff & Phelps LLC
Chicago, IL

The rumors of the Size Effect's death in m ore recent years may be overblown.  Review the evidence, let the chips fall where they may, and you decide.


Breakout 2: Why PI? The CPA as Private Investigator (Credits: 1.0 TB)
12:50pm-1:40pm

Bruce Yasukochi, CPA, PI, CFE, CFF, CITP
Director, Forensic and Litigation Services / Cherry Bekaert LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL

Learn the legal and professional requirements for obtaining a private investigator's license in the State of Florida, and explore issues specific to "white collar" criminal investigations.  Understand the differences between the "practice of accounting" under the CPA rules and a "private investigation" under the PI rules.  Gain insights into the preparation of case matters for possible criminal prosecution.


Afternoon Concurrent Breakouts (select one)
1:40pm-1:45pm

Breakout 3: Hot Topics in Business Valuation (Credits: 1.0 TB)
1:45pm-2:35pm

James R. Hitchner, CPA, ABV, CFF, ASA
Managing Director / Financial Valuation Advisors, Inc
Ventnor City, NJ

Join us for the latest on S Corp models: Treharne, SEAM, Delaware MRI and Fannon; Discounts and premiums: what works and what doesn't; Cost of capital: best practices; BV standards: how to use them in litigation; and DCF and CCF: best practices.


Breakout 4: Insurance Implications of Hurricanes - Lessons Learned and Tips for the Future (Credits: 1.0 TB)
1:45pm-2:35pm

Walter Andrews
Partner / Hunton & Williams, LLP
Miami, FL
AND
Andrea DeField
Associate / Hunton & Williams, LLP
Miami, FL

Learn the insurance implications of this very active recent hurricane season and how to maximize the recovery of insurance for hurricane business interruption losses.  Explore how CPAs can help achieve that recovery notwithstanding hurdles that may be erected by insurance companies.


Afternoon Concurrent Breakouts (select one)
2:40pm-3:30pm

Breakout 5: Valuation of International Entities (Credits: 1.0 TB)
2:40pm-3:30pm

Gustavo A. Perez, ASA, MBA
National Leader, Valuation Services / Cherry Bekaert LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL

This session provides an overview of the challenges valuing international entities, including international cost of capital, country risk premium, risks associated with an international investment, currency issues and other relevant aspects through real-life examples and illustrations.


Breakout 6: Accounting in a Digital Universe (Credits: 1.0 TB)
2:40pm-3:30pm

Dan Regard
CEO / IDiscovery Solutions, Inc.
Washington, DC

The world is going digital.  This has disrupted multiple industry sectors.  How will that affect accounting in business valuations, forensic accounting, asset tracking and elsewhere?  Join us for a TED-talk style presentation of a vision of the future of accounting - tapping into the digital universe.


Afternoon General Sessions

Valuation of Cryptocurrency Assets (Credits: 1.0 TB)
3:45pm-4:35pm

Andrew Hinkes
Partner / Berger Singerman LLP
Miami, FL

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have gained popularity as investment products and as a fund raising tool for fledgling businesses worldwide.  Explore the fundamentals of how cryptocurrencies work, how and why they have market value, and learn concepts of how to value these assets.


Cyber Security - Current Threats and Intrusions (Credits: 1.0 TB)
4:35pm-5:25pm

Michael D'Alanzo
Assistant Special Agent in Charge / United States Department of Justice
Miramar, FL

This session will provide an overview of today's threats and how to prepare yourself and your employees to combat the threat.


Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Continental Breakfast
7:30am-8:00am
Morning General Sessions

Services to Businesses Involved in Marijuana (Credits: 1.0 TB)
8:10am-9:00am

Rachel Gillette
Shareholder / GreenspoonMarder
Denver, CO

The marijuana industry is new and burgeoning business that requires a unique approach to accounting and taxation.  In this session, we will explain the legislative history; the IRS audit and taxation environment; pitfalls in overly complicated structuring; as well as provide some tools that shift the financial reporting function from a standard approach to one that facilitates budgeting day-to-day operations and tax implications.


Post-Claim Cooperation with Counsel (Credits: 1.0 TB)
9:00am-9:50am

Gary R. Shendell
Managing Partner / Shendell & Pollock, P.L.
Boca Raton, FL
AND
Matthew A. Tornincasa
Partner / Shendell & Pollock, P.L.
Boca Raton, FL

This session will detail how to establish effective cooperation with your counsel if a claim is threatened or asserted against your firm.  We will explore appropriate documentation techniques; insurance coverage; proper notification as well as practical considerations to creating a solid defense.


Morning Concurrent Breakouts (select one)
10:10am-11:00am

Breakout 7: Appraisals: the Differences When Using Them in Estate, Family Law and Litigation (Credits: 1.0 TB)
10:10am-11:00am

Andrew Kravit
President / Kravit Estate Appraisals
Boca Raton, FL

Learn all about appraisals - the benefits of having an appraisal completed and examples of cases appraisals that were conducted and not conducted.


Breakout 8: A Case Study in Family Law: Living in the Gray Zone Part 1 (Credits: 1.0 TB)
10:10am-11:00am

Sandra L. Perez, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE
Director-Family Law Forensic Services / Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL
AND
Jodi Furr Colton, Esq.
Partner / Brinkley Morgan Attorneys at Law
Boca Raton, FL

Hear from seasoned family law professionals during this two-part session on how to tackle frequent questions found in the family law cases that don't always have black and white answers such as "How are non-marital assets excluded?", "How is alimony determined when income fluctuates?", "What does 'status quo' really mean?" and more.


Morning Concurrent Breakouts (select one)
11:05am-11:55am

Breakout 9: Enhancing Consistency and Transparency in the Fair Value Measurement Process (Credits: 1.0 TB)
11:05am-11:55am

Kellie Adkins
Managing Director / Crowe Horwath, LLP
Dallas, TX

Explore the Mandatory Performance Framework (a non-authoritative framework) that goes over the "how much is necessary" for a supportable/auditable analysis/report.  Discuss how this is expected to enhance consistency and transparency in the fair value measurement process.


Breakout 10: A Case Study in Family Law: Living in the Gray Zone Part 2 (Credits: 1.0 TB)
11:05am-11:55am

Sandra L. Perez, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE
Director-Family Law Forensic Services / Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, LLP
Ft Lauderdale, FL
AND
Jodi Furr Colton, Esq.
Partner / Brinkley Morgan Attorneys at Law
Boca Raton, FL

Learn how to tackle frequent questions found in family law cases.  (See breakout 8 for complete description.)


Afternoon Concurrent Breakouts (select one)
1:00pm-1:50pm

Breakout 11: Valuation Case Law Update - A Change is Gonna Come (Credits: 1.0 TB)
1:00pm-1:50pm

Cynthia L. Greene, Esq.
Partner / Greene Smith & Associates, PA
Miami, FL
Charles Darwin wasn't accredited in business valuation, but he could have learned a thing or two about evolution by studying the valuation profession.  As evidenced by this discussion of relevant case law, the only constant is change.  You'll want to attend this informative analysis of the most important recent valuation cases.


Breakout 12: Family Case Law Update (Credits: 1.0 TB)
1:00pm-1:50pm

Cynthia L. Greene, Esq.
Partner / Greene Smith & Associates, PA
Miami, FL
Review of 2017 caselaw update with a focus on financial issues in the caselaw.


Afternoon General Session

Panel Discussion: At the Bench with the Judges (Credits: 2.0 TB)
2:05pm-3:45pm

Abby Cynamon, Esq.
Circuit Court Judge, Family Division/Administrative Judge, Appellate Division / Circuit Court of Florida - Miami 11th Judicial District
Miami, FL
AND
Ariana Fajardo Orshan, Esq.
Circuit Court Judge / Circuit Court of Florida - Miami 11th Judicial District
Miami, FL
AND
William L. Thomas
Circuit Court Judge / Circuit Court of Florida - Miami 11th Judicial District
Miami, FL
An esteemed panel of judges will discuss the importance of expert testimony in the outcome of trials and share examples of trials where expert testimony was demonstrably critical to the outcome.



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