Ray Rath of Globalview Advisors presented at the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) Advanced Business Valuation Conference held in Boca Raton, Florida. Valuations of portfolio company investments held by venture capital and private equity investment funds are an area where there is significant divergence in practice. As a result, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) task force, consisting of senior financial executives (financial statement preparers) at PE/VC funds, accountants and appraisers, is working on an exposure draft of a valuation guide. The guide will provide both conceptual discussions and a variety of valuation examples over the lives of investment holdings covering important concepts impacting fair value estimates. Ray is a member of the AICPA task force and presented on the current status of the task force efforts. More insights on this issue can be found in Ray’s “AICPA Private Equity/Venture Capital Accounting and Valuation Guide Update.”

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