Forensic and Litigation

M&A Woes – Considerations for Sellers to Avoid Post-Closing Disputes

The process of selling your business is an intense process, and it can be difficult to navigate the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) landscape. There’s no doubt that you and your deal team of advisors will work long hours and late nights to compile data, present a confidential information memorandum (CIM) about your business, meet with…

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Jeffrey Baresciano Featured in NJ CPA Magazine – Considerations When Providing Valuation Services in Litigation & Investigations

Jeffrey Baresciano, CPA, CFF, ABV, CVA, Director with Mercadien, was featured in the Winter 2023/24 New Jersey CPA Magazine. Check out the full article below. Litigation and investigative engagements often focus on economic damages claimed by the plaintiff where a valuation practitioner is retained to determine the value (or decline in value) of a business…

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Mercadien Announces Leadership Transition Within Bankruptcy Practice

Princeton, NJ & Philadelphia, PA – Mercadien, a leading provider of multi-disciplined accounting and advisory services, announces a significant leadership transition within its Bankruptcy Practice. Donald Conway, CPA, a distinguished Managing Director and Principal, has stepped down from his role as head of Mercadien’s Bankruptcy Practice on September 1, 2023.   Mr. Conway will remain a…

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Buy-Side vs. Sell-Side Due Diligence: Benefits & Concerns

Buying or selling a business is no easy task. One of the most critical steps in that process is performing adequate due diligence, no matter what side of the transaction you are on. In this article, we’ll review buy-side vs. sell-side due diligence – how they work, benefits of each, and things to consider during…

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Surprise Audits Can Stop Fraud in its Tracks

Over the years, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) has consistently estimated that occupational fraud costs the typical organization 5% of its revenue annually. In its most recent biennial report, the ACFE found that a single case of occupational fraud costs the victim organization an average of more than a whopping $1.5 million. Clearly,…

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The CPA’s Role in Evaluating & Quantifying Economic Damages

In today’s litigious society, disputes culminating in lawsuits are inevitable.  Economic damages are often awarded to make injured parties financially whole, and in some cases, that appears to be cut and dried.  However, supportable economic damage assessments that withstand the trier of fact’s (judge or jury) scrutiny are derived from complex calculations performed by third-party…

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Why You Need a Forensic Accountant in Your White-Collar Crime & Corporate Fraud Cases

It’s easier and less expensive to prevent corporate fraud and white-collar crime than to recover from it, or defend against it, after the fact. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) 2020 Report to the Nations, organizations lose an average of five percent of their annual revenue to fraud each year. So, although…

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Love Them or Leave Them? Financial Considerations When Contemplating a Divorce

Unfortunately, only you can answer that question. According to WorldPopulationReview.com, in the United States 50% of you are choosing to leave him or her and for second or third marriages that increases to 60% and 73%, respectively. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the national average divorce and annulment rate in 2019…

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How Does Corporate Culture Mitigate the Risk of Fraud?

In August of 2021, an Economic News Release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4.3 million American workers had quit their jobs, a number that increased by 242,000 since “The Great Resignation” in April of this year. Experts have credited working conditions, new opportunities to work from home, and toxic corporate culture…

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The Right Valuation Approaches During Times of Uncertainty

The uncertain economic environment during the COVID-19 pandemic has made business valuation practitioners questioning the more historically utilized inputs. Many companies have experienced unforeseen growth or decline, depending on the industry and other unique attributes of those companies. The pandemic has enhanced the focus of the risks associated with cash flow realization, the factors affecting…

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