As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact businesses throughout the country, many valuers face challenges in performing valuations. One particularly challenging area is goodwill impairment assessments prepared under IFRS and U.S. GAAP.
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James Palmer, Managing Director, Valuation Advisory, Duff & PhelpsJames Palmer is a managing director in the London office of Duff & Phelps and is part of the Valuation Advisory Services business unit. James joined Duff & Phelps in 2004 and has over 17 years of valuation experience. James has extensive experience in performing valuations of business enterprises, debt instruments, equity securities and intangible assets. These valuations are for the purpose of assisting clients in tax & financial planning & reporting, transaction advisory support, strategic planning & litigation support and portfolio valuation support for the alternative asset industry. James has experience in acting as an expert witness and has spoken on a wide variety of valuation related topics, including the Valuation of Intangible Assets, the Practical Implementation of IFRS 3 and Valuation in Accordance with the IPEV Guidelines. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, James qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the consumer products practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. James received his MEng. in mechanical engineering from Cambridge University. He is also a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is Chair of the ICAEW’s Valuation Advisory Group.
Greg Franceschi, Managing Director, Valuation Services and Global Head of the Financial Reporting Practice and Office of Professional Practice, Duff & PhelpsGreg Franceschi joined Duff & Phelps in 2005. He is a managing director in the Silicon Valley office and global leader of the firm's Financial Reporting Valuation Advisory practice and Office of Professional Practice. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Greg was a managing director with Standard & Poor's and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He specializes in financial reporting projects. Greg has led numerous valuation and consulting projects for leading technology, media, consumer products, retail, medical products and industrial product companies. Greg holds an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Notre Dame and a B.S. in economics from Indiana University. He is co-chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) Impairment Task Force and member of the AICPA Business Combination Task Force.
Carla Nunes, Managing Director, Valuation Digital Solutions and Office of Professional Practice, Duff & PhelpsCarla Nunes is a managing director in the in the Office of Professional Practice, where she provides firm-wide technical guidance on a variety of valuation, financial and tax reporting issues. In 2011, Carla completed a one-year rotation in Duff & Phelps' London office, promoting the firm's IFRS education efforts and marketing initiatives, as well dealing with IFRS implementation matters. Prior to this role, Carla was part of the Valuation Advisory Services practice, focusing on the valuation needs of primarily consumer and industrial product firms at Duff & Phelps and its predecessor firms, PricewaterhourseCoopers and Standard & Poor's. She has over 18 years of experience providing a variety of valuation, financial analysis, and tax services. Carla has conducted numerous business and asset valuations for a variety of purposes, including purchase price allocations, goodwill impairment testing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate tax restructuring and debt analysis. She has been involved in multiple valuation assignments for a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, vitamin retail, specialty chemicals, industrial manufacturing and gaming and hospitality. Carla has substantial experience working with multinational companies, having addressed complex tax, international cost of capital and foreign exchange issues. She is also one of Duff & Phelps’ experts in addressing valuation issues related to cost of capital. She authored a chapter entitled "Cost of Capital for Divisions and Reporting Units" included in the 4th and 5th editions of the book Cost of Capital: Applications and Examples (2014), by Shannon Pratt and Roger Grabowski. She was a contributing author to the chapter entitled “Risk Free Rate” in the 5th edition. She is a co-author of the Duff & Phelps’ annual Valuation Handbook series: (i) Valuation Handbook – U.S. Guide to Cost of Capital, (ii) Valuation Handbook – U.S. Industry Cost of Capital; (iii) Valuation Handbook – International Guide to Cost of Capital, and (iv) Valuation Handbook – International Industry Cost of Capital, along with Duff & Phelps’ colleagues Roger Grabowski and James Harrington. Carla received her M.B.A. in finance from the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School, completed coursework for a Masters of Taxation from Villanova University School of Law and received an honors degree in business administration from the Technical University of Lisbon’s School of Economics & Management (ISEG). She also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Philadelphia, and the AICPA.
Andrew Probert, Managing Director, Transaction Advisory Services, Duff & PhelpsAndrew Probert is a managing director in the Transaction Advisory Services practice and leads the firm’s global accounting structuring offering, based in the London office. Andrew has over 20 years of experience working on a variety of projects to support a range of corporate transactions, including M&A, securitizations (traditional and synthetic), debt-to-equity swaps, capital reorganization, returns of value, exit strategies including initial public offerings and joint venture arrangements. Andrew leads accounting structuring/support on financial buy-side and vendor due diligence engagements across many industries and geographies. He has advised clients on complex accounting and practical issues for financial instruments under IFRS and IFRS conversions for a number of companies and financial institutions. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Andrew was an associate partner at Ernst & Young (EY) focused on designing optimal deal structures and delivering deal value for a wide range of clients and industries. Prior to his tenure with EY, he spent over 14 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Andrew is a subject matter expert on IFRS 3 (Business Combinations); IFRS 10 (Consolidated Financial Statements); IAS 32, 39 and IFRS 9 (Financial instruments). His work often involves liaising with senior client management, other advisors, corporate lawyers and legal counsel. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in maths with accounting from the University of Exeter and is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
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