Valuation, Forensic Accounting & Litigation Services Conference LiveStream

Thursday, January 09, 2020 - Friday, January 10, 2020
Webcast or Webinar, Online
8:00am - 5:30pm (opens at 7:30am) EST
16Credits
Accounting and Auditing and Behavioral and Technical Business

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Members
$495.00 Regular Price
Non-Members
$735.00 Regular Price
Course Type: CPE Conferences
Course Code: 19/LCWEB
Level: Update
Vendor: Florida Institute of CPAs
Field of Study: Business Management & Organization, Communications and Marketing, Economics, Specialized Knowledge, Information Technology

Overview:

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Become Anticipatory in Valuation, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services.

Uncovering the Truth, Protecting Your Business

Electronic data analysis is one of the most pressing issues facing CFF and ABV finance professionals. "Big Data," along with increased complexity and scrutiny of engagements; competition and free pressures; and regulatory changes all directly impact the CPA working in Business Valuation, Forensic Accounting & Litigation Services. Join our thought leaders for two full days of customized learning to push your career, and profession, forward.


CPE/CLE Credit:

This conference may qualify for up to 16 hours of CPE credit and is subject to change. CPE credit is subject to approval by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  Application has been made for 16 hours of CLE Credit by the Florida Bar.  You must apply directly to the Florida Bar for CLE credit.

Applicable to all ABV® and CFF® credential holders.

Conference Materials

Conference reference materials are distributed to registrants electronically in advance of the program.  There will not be printed material available on site. This fully searchable PDF includes speaker presentations and is intended for electronic use only.


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Schedule:

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Utilizing Data Analytics to Identify Data Anomalies

Time: Thursday 8:10am - 9:50am Credits: 2 AA

Explore the benefits of data analytics, including the discussion of actual fraud uncovered using data analytic software.  Learn different data mining techniques to identify anomalies, including numeric theories, proximity analysis and fuzzy matching.  Explore process automation, artificial intelligence, and horizon issues.  Understand, through actual demonstration using data analytic technology, why this method is vital to your continued success.

Presenters:

What You Need to Know About Digital Forensics

Time: Thursday 10:00am - 10:50am Credits: 1 TB

Explore digital forensics and its impact on the profession.  Determine if documents have been altered to conceal information.  Learn about tracing transactions, including identifying and recovering deleted files.  Understand internet history including searches, web visits and downloads.  Also, receive a glimpse into cyber threats and the steps you need to take to protect yourself and your clients.

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Emerging Issues in Cannabis and HEMP/CBD Appraisals: Hot Buttons, Lessons Learned, Challenges and Trapdoors

Time: Thursday 10:50am - 11:40am Credits: 1 TB

Learn about appraisal nuances in the cannabis and hemp sectors, with a focus on the application of the discounted cash flow method under the income approach to value and the use of market data under the market approach to value.  Explore industry resources and how to keep current with the rapidly evolving landscape for licensing in the regulated legal side of the cannabis industry, as well as the dynamics in play in the agricultural hemp sector.

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Recent Developments in Cost of Capital

Time: Thursday 1:00pm - 1:50pm Credits: 1 TB

Learn about recent developments in cost of capital.  Examine falling risk free rates and determine how the affect cost of equity estimates.  Explore the pros and cons of backward-looking and forward-looking equity risk premiums.  Compare model inputs from multiple data sources.

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Purchase Price Allocation: Methods for Valuing and Allocating Goodwill and Intangible Value in Divorce

Time: Thursday 2:00pm - 2:50pm Credits: 1 TB

Learn how to utilize purchase price allocation methods to properly measure goodwill and intangible value in the valuation of a closely held business for divorce (among other purposes.)  This session will assist appraisers and accountants in properly measuring goodwill and non-compete for purposes of bifurcating personal goodwill from total goodwill.  Explore intangible asset value (separate from goodwill) that should be separate and valued in the context of a divorce.

Presenters:

Alimony: No Longer Deductible, but Still Lots to Talk About

Time: Thursday 3:00pm - 3:50pm Credits: 1 TB

Learn about controversial issues in current alimony cases.  How is the expert to opine on need and ability to pay?  Hear considerations in determining a party's need based on expenses, lifestyle and imputation of income from earnings, investments and employment.  Examine issues that arise in analyzing a party's ability to pay with a focus on looking at not only actual earnings but also imputed income, employment benefits and their impact on income and other considerations.  Trends in alimony awards (as to duration and amount) will also be recapped.

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Tips for Enhancing Reports Utilizing Technology

Time: Thursday 4:00pm - 4:50pm Credits: 1 TB

It has been said that "easy reading is darn hard writing."  Learn the key skill sets and the tools you'll need to transform your Expert Report.  Explore Microsoft Word and Excel features, along with productivity shortcuts that will make your reports come to life and effectively convey your opinions utilizing technology.  Learn about Quick Parts for boilerplate content you reuse often, Navigation Pane, Tables, Headings, Paste Special, adding footnotes, cations and references, using Window Splits, Style and Themes and more!

Presenters:

Hardball With Hitchner: A Panel Discussion Addressing Cutting-Edge Issues

Time: Thursday 4:50pm - 5:40pm Credits: 1 TB

Jim Hitchner moderates this panel discussion addressing cutting-edge issues. No punches pulled.  No holds barred. You may be surprised what you'll learn!

Friday, January 10, 2020

2020 U.S. and Florida Economic Forecast

Time: Friday 8:10am - 9:00am Credits: 1 TB

Past trends and 12-month projections for the U.S. macro-economy, the State of Florida economy, and the regional economies of Florida's four largest metro markets ( Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach/Ft. Lauderdale/Miami.)

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Social Media for Professionals: Elevating Your Brand

Time: Friday 9:00am - 9:50am Credits: 1 TB

In today's world, social media is a key component of branding.  Learn the how and why for Instagram, Linkedin and Facebook.  You have a personal brand, whether you like it or not.  Explore how to leverage your brand on social media.  Receive best practices and examine recent issues on how social media is impacting the law and experts.

 

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Valuation and the TCJA Two Years Out

Time: Friday 10:00am - 10:50am Credits: 1 TB

It's been two years since the TCJA was enacted.  Explore what we've learned about:

  • Bonus Depreciation
  • Interest Expense Limitations
  • Cost of Capital
  • Market approach
  • Capitalized Cash flow vs. Discounted Cash Flow
  • Services vs. non-Service Businesses
  • Qualified Business Income
  • Tax Rates

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Update on DLOMS and S Corporation Valuations

Time: Friday 11:00am - 11:50am Credits: 1 TB

Discounts for lack of marketability have come a long way.  Learn the latest in:

  • Restricted Stock Studies and Databases
  • Pre-IPO Studies and Databases
  • Option Models
  • Income-Based Models

S Corporations under the TCJA are both complicated and less complicated.  Learn your options, including:

  • Corporate vs. Individual Tax Rates
  • Service vs. Non-Service S Corporations
  • Which of Four S-Corp Models are Still Valid (if any)
  • Is there an S-Corp premium?
  • Dissection of the Kress and Jones Cases (tax affecting allowed)

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Family Law Case Studies

Time: Friday 1:10pm - 2:00pm Credits: 1 TB

Learn the latest in family law through exploration of actual case studies.

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Bitcoin: "Fake Money, Real Losses"

Time: Friday 2:10pm - 3:00pm Credits: 1 TB

Learn the top 10 things you need to know about bitcoin.

  • Audit Guidance ASC 350
  • Audit Considerations
  • Suggested Audit Procedures
  • Private Key, What is it?
  • Private Key Management
  • Internal Controls Around Bearer Instruments
  • How Private Key Management is Effected by Internal Controls or Lack Thereof
  • IRS Pronouncement
  • How and Why Private Keys are Relevant to Both the Legal and Accounting Profession
  • Valuation Considerations

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From the Bench: Interactive Judges Panel

Time: Friday 3:00pm - 3:50pm Credits: 1 TB

A conference favorite - Join us as our panel of judges give you their views from the bench as well as answer your questions.

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Objectives:

  • Learn about data analytics and its growing impact on the profession
  • Gain a better understanding of digital forensics
  • Explore the 2020 U.S. and Florida economic forecast
  • Develop leadership and team-building skills
  • Examine bitcoin and crypto currency
  • Hear from judges on their views from the bench
  • Receive cutting-edge information from the most popular breakout sessions

Presenters:

  • Ronald L Seigneur, ASA, CPA/ABV, CVA

    Ronald L. (Ron) Seigneur is managing partner of Seigneur Gustafson LLP, based in Lakewood, Colorado, where he specializes in business & intellectual property appraisal, economic damages, financial forensics, lost profits analyses, professional services firm consulting and taxation.   Ron is co-author of Reasonable Compensation: Application and Analysis for Appraisal, Tax and Management Purposes...

    Read more about Ronald L Seigneur here
  • Kathryn K Horton, CPA, CMA, CIDA, CFE

    Kathryn Horton is President of Kathryn Horton CPA PA and is an industry leader in the use of data analytics, specifically using Caseware IDEA. Kathryn was the recipient of the 2017 North America IDEA User of Excellence Award. She was a featured speaker at the 2018 and 2020 National IDEA User Conference and has presented on data analytics to both regional and national audiences, including the 2021...

    Read more about Kathryn K Horton here
  • Dr Michael A Crain, DBA, CPA/ABV, CFA, CFE

    Dr. Michael A. Crain, CPA of Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a CPA licensed by the State of Florida. He holds several certifications in valuation: Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) from the American Institute of CPAs and the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the CFA Institute. He earned his Doctor of Business Administration (finance) degree from Manchester Business School in...

    Read more about Dr Michael A Crain here
  • Cynthia L Greene, Esq.

    Founder and Managing PartnerGreene Smith & Associates, P.A.Cynthia Greene received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami - School of Law. Since then, she has been admitted to the Florida Bar and the Supreme Court of the United States, become Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, and named in...

    Read more about Cynthia L Greene here
  • James R Hitchner, CPA, ABV, CFF, ASA

    Jim Hitchner is managing director of Financial Valuation Advisors www.finvaluation.com and is president of The Financial Consulting Group www.gofcg.org. He is also CEO of Valuation Products and Services (VPS) www.valuationproducts.com.   Mr. Hitchner is editor/coauthor of the books the Hitchner Pratt Fishman Consensus View Q&A Guide to Financial Valuation and the VPS DLOM Guide and Toolkit...

    Read more about James R Hitchner here
  • Monica Caswell, ABV,CFF,CPA

    PartnerForensic Accountants & Consultants Certified Public AccountantsMonica Ospina has over fourteen years of experience in providing forensic accounting, valuation, and litigation support services throughout the State of Florida and has been qualified as an Expert Witness.  In 2013, Ms. Ospina founded Forensic Accountants & Consultants, P.A., a boutique forensic accounting firm servicing Tampa...

    Read more about Monica Caswell here
  • R. Christopher Jones, Ph.D.

    Dr. Chris Jones serves as the President and Chief Economist of Florida Economic Advisors, LLC.  Dr. Jones is one of Central Florida’s most experienced regional economists.  In addition to his advanced degrees in business and economics, he has over 27 years of experience as an economic and financial consultant in Central Florida.  His private sector background includes tenure as an associate...

    Read more about R. Christopher Jones here
  • Joshua Barron Angell

    Senior Managing DirectorEllrich, Neal, Smith, & Stohlman, PAJoshua B. Angell, CFA, ASA, is the senior managing director of the Valuation Advisory Services and Litigation Practice Group of Ellrich, Neal, Smith & Stohlman, PA., a valuation, consultancy, tax, and accounting services firm located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. During his employment, Mr. Angell has overseen hundreds of valuations or...

    Read more about Joshua Barron Angell here
  • Keathan Frink

    In  2016,  Judge  Keathan  Frink  was  appointed  to  Circuit  Court  of  the  Seventeenth  Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, Florida.  Judge Frink is currently assigned to the Circuit Civil Division  presiding  over  a  broad  category  of  cases,  including  tort  cases,  contract  disputes, products liability and malpractice cases, infringements of intellectual property, enforcement...

    Read more about Keathan Frink here
  • Joshua Siegfried Schmidt

    Joshua Schmidt has a passion for technology with a focus on the principals of cryptocurrency. He has integrated his interests in the digital currencies and blockchain technology into his professional career. Mr. Schmidt currently serves as a member of the Marcum Digital Asset Task Force, an internal initiative focused on exploring and leveraging opportunities to further integrate burgeoning...

    Read more about Joshua Siegfried Schmidt here
  • Tarlika Nunez-Navarro

    Read more about Tarlika Nunez-Navarro here
  • Fabienne Fahnestock

    Read more about Fabienne Fahnestock here
  • Bryan Barnhart

    Computer Security ConsultantInfiltration LabsBryan Barnhart is the owner/operator of Infiltration Labs. Bryan has 18 years of information security and physical security experience in the public and private sectors. His experience includes conducting digital forensics and hacking investigations from small business to Fortune 500 companies, insider threat investigations, Incident Response Plan...

    Read more about Bryan Barnhart here
  • Natalie Lemos

    Board Certified Specialist, Marital and Family LawLeinoff & Lemos, PANatalie Lemos practices exclusively in the area of Marital and Family Law with her partners, Andrew Leinoff and Paul Leinoff at Leinoff & Lemos, P.A. in South Miami. Ms. Lemos became board certified in Marital and Family Law in 2002. Her certification has been renewed in 2007, 2012 and 2017. She is a member of the American...

    Read more about Natalie Lemos here
  • Michael L Elkins

    Michael Elkins is 20 year, nationally quoted labor and employment and sports law attorney.Michael has been featured by national media outlets such as CNN, Forbes, Newsweeek, The New York Daily News, Bloomberg, Yahoo, Yahoo Life, Yahoo Finance, The Miami Herald and more, discussing issues ranging from Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining negotiations to employer COVID-19 vaccination...

    Read more about Michael L Elkins here
  • Wendi Weiner, Esq.

    Wendi Weiner is an attorney and award-winning writer who has been featured in more than 50 major media outlets (including CNN, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Business Insider, and Fast Company) as a top authority in personal branding, social storytelling, career strategy, and the job search process. For nearly a decade, Wendi has built a strong business platform...

    Read more about Wendi Weiner here
  • Sandra Perlman

    Read more about Sandra Perlman here

Presenters:

Ronald L Seigneur, ASA, CPA/ABV, CVA

Ronald L. (Ron) Seigneur is managing partner of Seigneur Gustafson LLP, based in Lakewood, Colorado, where he specializes in business & intellectual property appraisal, economic damages, financial forensics, lost profits analyses, professional services firm consulting and taxation.   Ron is co-author of Reasonable Compensation: Application and Analysis for Appraisal, Tax and Management Purposes...Read more about Ronald L Seigneur here

Kathryn K Horton, CPA, CMA, CIDA, CFE

Kathryn Horton is President of Kathryn Horton CPA PA and is an industry leader in the use of data analytics, specifically using Caseware IDEA. Kathryn was the recipient of the 2017 North America IDEA User of Excellence Award. She was a featured speaker at the 2018 and 2020 National IDEA User Conference and has presented on data analytics to both regional and national audiences, including the 2021...Read more about Kathryn K Horton here

Dr Michael A Crain, DBA, CPA/ABV, CFA, CFE

Dr. Michael A. Crain, CPA of Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a CPA licensed by the State of Florida. He holds several certifications in valuation: Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) from the American Institute of CPAs and the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the CFA Institute. He earned his Doctor of Business Administration (finance) degree from Manchester Business School in...Read more about Dr Michael A Crain here

Cynthia L Greene, Esq.

Founder and Managing PartnerGreene Smith & Associates, P.A.Cynthia Greene received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami - School of Law. Since then, she has been admitted to the Florida Bar and the Supreme Court of the United States, become Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, and named in...Read more about Cynthia L Greene here

James R Hitchner, CPA, ABV, CFF, ASA

Jim Hitchner is managing director of Financial Valuation Advisors www.finvaluation.com and is president of The Financial Consulting Group www.gofcg.org. He is also CEO of Valuation Products and Services (VPS) www.valuationproducts.com.   Mr. Hitchner is editor/coauthor of the books the Hitchner Pratt Fishman Consensus View Q&A Guide to Financial Valuation and the VPS DLOM Guide and Toolkit...Read more about James R Hitchner here

Monica Caswell, ABV,CFF,CPA

PartnerForensic Accountants & Consultants Certified Public AccountantsMonica Ospina has over fourteen years of experience in providing forensic accounting, valuation, and litigation support services throughout the State of Florida and has been qualified as an Expert Witness.  In 2013, Ms. Ospina founded Forensic Accountants & Consultants, P.A., a boutique forensic accounting firm servicing Tampa...Read more about Monica Caswell here

R. Christopher Jones, Ph.D.

Dr. Chris Jones serves as the President and Chief Economist of Florida Economic Advisors, LLC.  Dr. Jones is one of Central Florida’s most experienced regional economists.  In addition to his advanced degrees in business and economics, he has over 27 years of experience as an economic and financial consultant in Central Florida.  His private sector background includes tenure as an associate...Read more about R. Christopher Jones here

Joshua Barron Angell

Senior Managing DirectorEllrich, Neal, Smith, & Stohlman, PAJoshua B. Angell, CFA, ASA, is the senior managing director of the Valuation Advisory Services and Litigation Practice Group of Ellrich, Neal, Smith & Stohlman, PA., a valuation, consultancy, tax, and accounting services firm located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. During his employment, Mr. Angell has overseen hundreds of valuations or...Read more about Joshua Barron Angell here

Keathan Frink

In  2016,  Judge  Keathan  Frink  was  appointed  to  Circuit  Court  of  the  Seventeenth  Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, Florida.  Judge Frink is currently assigned to the Circuit Civil Division  presiding  over  a  broad  category  of  cases,  including  tort  cases,  contract  disputes, products liability and malpractice cases, infringements of intellectual property, enforcement...Read more about Keathan Frink here

Joshua Siegfried Schmidt

Joshua Schmidt has a passion for technology with a focus on the principals of cryptocurrency. He has integrated his interests in the digital currencies and blockchain technology into his professional career. Mr. Schmidt currently serves as a member of the Marcum Digital Asset Task Force, an internal initiative focused on exploring and leveraging opportunities to further integrate burgeoning...Read more about Joshua Siegfried Schmidt here

Tarlika Nunez-Navarro

Read more about Tarlika Nunez-Navarro here

Fabienne Fahnestock

Read more about Fabienne Fahnestock here

Bryan Barnhart

Computer Security ConsultantInfiltration LabsBryan Barnhart is the owner/operator of Infiltration Labs. Bryan has 18 years of information security and physical security experience in the public and private sectors. His experience includes conducting digital forensics and hacking investigations from small business to Fortune 500 companies, insider threat investigations, Incident Response Plan...Read more about Bryan Barnhart here

Natalie Lemos

Board Certified Specialist, Marital and Family LawLeinoff & Lemos, PANatalie Lemos practices exclusively in the area of Marital and Family Law with her partners, Andrew Leinoff and Paul Leinoff at Leinoff & Lemos, P.A. in South Miami. Ms. Lemos became board certified in Marital and Family Law in 2002. Her certification has been renewed in 2007, 2012 and 2017. She is a member of the American...Read more about Natalie Lemos here

Michael L Elkins

Michael Elkins is 20 year, nationally quoted labor and employment and sports law attorney.Michael has been featured by national media outlets such as CNN, Forbes, Newsweeek, The New York Daily News, Bloomberg, Yahoo, Yahoo Life, Yahoo Finance, The Miami Herald and more, discussing issues ranging from Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining negotiations to employer COVID-19 vaccination...Read more about Michael L Elkins here

Wendi Weiner, Esq.

Wendi Weiner is an attorney and award-winning writer who has been featured in more than 50 major media outlets (including CNN, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Business Insider, and Fast Company) as a top authority in personal branding, social storytelling, career strategy, and the job search process. For nearly a decade, Wendi has built a strong business platform...Read more about Wendi Weiner here

Sandra Perlman

Read more about Sandra Perlman here

Major Topics:

  • Data analytics
  • Digital forensics
  • Economic forecast
  • Leadership/team building
  • Bitcoin and crypto currency
  • Judicial insights
  • Most popular breakout topics

Major Topics:

  • Data analytics
  • Digital forensics
  • Economic forecast
  • Leadership/team building
  • Bitcoin and crypto currency
  • Judicial insights
  • Most popular breakout topics

Designed For:

CPAs with an interest in business valuation, litigation services and forensic accounting.

Prerequisties:

Some familiarity with valuation, litigation services and forensic accounting.

Accommodations:

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First Time Attendees

First Time Attendees use NEWLC19 promo code and save $100. Valid for first-time conference attendees, applies to in-person or simulcast registration and does not apply to non-member fees. Discount cannot be combined with other offers or applied to prior purchases/registrations.

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Young CPAs use YCPALC19 promo code and save $150. Offer valid for Young CPAs (age 36 and under) attending the conference, applies to in-person or simulcast registration and does not apply to non-member fees. Discount cannot be combined with other offers or applied to prior purchases/registrations.

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The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: NASBARegistry.org