DeBresser Wintrip, Inc. provides business valuation services in a variety of situations, including:

  • Shareholder disputes
  • Matrimonial disputes
  • Oppression remedies under the Canadian Business Corporations Act
  • Proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act
  • Succession planning
  • Tax planning
  • Corporate reorganizations
  • Purchase and sale transactions
  • Employee stock option plans
  • Financing

Value, for most of us, is relative. We’ve all heard the saying that something is only worth what someone will pay you for it.

This is true, but in some cases a value needs to be determined in a notional context where an actual purchaser or transaction may not exist at a specific point in time. In these cases, it is possible to examine assets, similar transactions, cash flow, and other elements to determine a notional value of an asset.

Valuation and transactional services are an important part of our practice. Purchase and sale transactions, transactional due diligence, partnership dissolutions, shareholder disputes, and many other reasons call for the services of a valuation expert. The engagements require the expertise to review the financial information available in the public markets, and specific to the company, to determine the value of a business.

If you are or represent a business owner, CFO or CEO, if you’re buying or selling a business, or are involved in a dispute over the value of a business, DeBresser Wintrip, Inc. can help you understand the value of the business, so you can make informed business and legal decisions.

DeBresser Wintrip’s approach to business valuation can be described in the following general terms:

  1. Meet with the client to understand the asset(s) to be valued and the context in which the valuation is being requested.
  2. Establish the scope and terms of the engagement.
  3. Evaluate alternative approaches to valuation.
  4. Prepare a preliminary list of required information.
  5. Meet with management of the company to understand operational and financial aspects of the business, historically, currently and forecast for the future.
  6. Review of comparable public companies.
  7. Review of recent transactions involving similar companies.
  8. Prepare valuation analysis and a report, if required.
  9. Attend at trial or other proceedings to communicate findings, if necessary.