- Our Business Valuation Committee advocates for members in this area to help maintain rigorous professional standards.
- We provide our members with valuable tools, resources and technical information on business valuations.
- If you have relevant skills, experience and knowledge, you may be able to apply for recognition as a Business Valuation Specialist.
What is business valuation?
As International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and fair value reporting gain acceptance across the globe, we recognise the need for the ongoing development of a business valuation industry.
If you work in this field, we help you to stay up to date with new and evolving standards, resources and work practices.
The standards related to this field are set by the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board (APESB). All engagements or assignments that commenced on or after 1 July 2008 are governed by APES 225 – Valuation services.
This standard applies to accountants working in the corporate sector and in government. For more information on this and other issued standards visit the APESB site.
Ways to get involved
As a member you can stay up to date by subscribing to the quarterly Business Valuation Community Newsletter, as well as state-wide events for business valuers throughout the year and a national conference every two years.
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Tools and resources
Sample Engagement Letter
Download our sample engagement letter for a valuation service prepared in terms of APES 225 Valuation Services.
This letter is not authoritative but is a guide, bearing in mind considerations outlined in this standard. You will need to vary it according to individual requirements and circumstances of each engagement.
Disclaimer: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand disclaims any liability arising to any person as a consequence of the reliance on the contents of this example letter by any person.
Proforma Report - Valuation Report Structure and Content
Members can access a Proforma Report - Valuation Report Structure and Content prepared in terms of APES 225 Valuation Services and supplementary Guidance Note GN 20.
This template, which incorporates cross references to APES 225 and GN 20, is not authoritative but can be referred to as a guide, bearing in mind considerations outlined in the standard and guidance note.
You will need to vary it according to individual requirements and circumstances of each engagement.
We also encourage you to seek independent advice from a qualified person before using and relying on this sample report template.
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand disclaims any liability arising to any person as a consequence of the reliance on the contents of this report template by any person.
Guide to Business Valuation Risk
Our Concise guide to managing business valuation risk provides information for directors to assess their exposure to valuation risk, evaluate the board’s level of expertise to deal with valuation issues, and exercise appropriate due diligence when addressing questions around valuation risk.
Three areas in which directors’ exposure to valuation risk have arisen are:
- Evolving accounting and tax regulation
- Changing balance sheets
- Increased market volatility
Directors have an important role to question risk management processes, and ensure adaptability to the board's corporate strategy.
There is an elaborate and interrelated set of financial skills and business acumen involved in business valuation, including financial forecasting, benchmarking and industry analysis and capital markets understanding.
The guide provides a list of questions to assist directors to evaluate the level of expertise within an organisation.
The appraisal foundation
- Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice
- International Appraisal Standards
- USA valuation sources
- Value management
Valuation Standards around the World
- International Business Valuations Council
- The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators
- The American Society of Appraisers
- Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice
- International Appraisal Standards
Australian Securities Investments Commission guidance relevant to business valuation practitioners.
Australian Taxation Office guidance relevant to business valuation practitioners
Our BV Committee
Our committee is made up of highly experienced and prominent Chartered Accountants who:
- Contribute to submissions related to business valuations
- Assist in developing the Business Valuation Conference
- Lead state networking events
- Drive relevant conversations in our member networks and at conferences
Meet our committee members
Alan Max FCA
Alan is a Partner at Pitcher Partners in Sydney. He has over 20 years' experience as a Chartered Accountant specialising in business valuation, intangible assets, options and other financial instruments for the purposes of mergers and acquisitions, taxation and financial reporting.
Alan is a member of the Accounting Professional & Ethical Standards Board's Taskforce established to revise the professional standard and guidance notes for valuation practitioners.
Michael Fenech CA
Michael is an executive director in the Transaction Advisory Services Group of Ernst & Young in Brisbane. He leads the Queensland Valuations and Business Modelling Group and in this role has had extensive experience advising a wide range of clients.
Michael has over 15 years' experience within the Corporate Tax and Corporate Finance Groups of Ernst & Young. Areas of particular emphasis for him and his team include the infrastructure, mining and resources sectors.
Fiona Hansen CA
Fiona is a partner in PPB Advisory's Valuation team. She has over 20 years' experience in corporate finance having worked in senior roles at Deloitte and EY, before joining PPB Advisory in 2014.
Fiona started her career in audit, working in Australia, Europe and South Africa and now specialises in providing business valuations.
Fiona has advised on acquisitions, divestments, valuations and financial due diligence assignments for numerous clients across a broad range industries. Regarding valuations, Fiona specialises in preparing independent expert's reports and tax and accounting compliance valuations as well as valuations of infrastructure assets.
Fiona also prepares valuations of equity, executive options, businesses, brands and other intellectual property, utilising various methodologies and for different purposes (accounting, corporate tax, stamp duty, capital gains tax, transfer pricing and other regulatory requirements).
Hugh McPharlin FCA
Hugh is Managing Partner and Business Unit Head for Forensic Accounting Services at Edwards Marshall in Adelaide. He is a Registered Company Auditor and Registered Liquidator with over 35 years' experience in the accounting industry in Australia and the UK.
Hugh specialises in Forensic accounting and litigation support services, covering the spectrum of business valuation services including matrimonial property matters, particularly, professional service enterprises and minority interests.
Manda Trautwein CA
Taking a holistic approach to business advisory, Manda works with her clients to assess their business with a big picture philosophy to successfully help them implement the work required.
Manda enjoys working with clients who have strong growth aspirations. Apart from day-to-day assistance with tax and accounting compliance obligations, she also enjoys being a sounding board to her clients on strategic business planning. Drawing on her extensive experience in business valuations, mergers and acquisitions and ASX listings, her practical approach is focused on maximising business outcomes and supporting her clients to achieve their commercial goals.
Manda is a member of the Chair of the Chartered Accountants ANZ Business Valuation Committee and an Honorary Fellow of Macquarie University, where she lectures in Applied Business Valuations to postgraduate students.
Andy Gilmour FCA
Andy has over 30 years' experience as a Chartered Accountant, having worked in the UK and Australia at Big Four and second tier accounting firms.
He has significant experience in providing corporate advice in the areas of valuation, capital raisings and transaction support.
Andy was formerly national head of the Corporate Finance Division of RSM Bird Cameron, and is currently in charge of the division in Western Australia.
He has prepared valuations of companies, businesses, intangible assets, shares and other equities for a range of industries including mining, resources, property, engineering and construction.
Richard Stewart OAM FCA
Richard is a PWC Partner with experience in company and business valuations, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.
His experience has involved valuations of companies and businesses for the purposes of acquisitions, divestments and mergers including independent expert's reports on takeovers and proposals requiring shareholder approval.
Richard is a past chair of the NSW Regional Council of CAANZ and past Chair of the Business Valuation Special Interest Group (BVSIG) of that Organisation.
Richard is an Adjunct Professor at the Business School of the University of Technology, Sydney.
Paul Moriarty CA
Paul is the principal of Moriarty Associates Limited, a New Zealand based firm providing business valuation and forensic accounting services. He has over 20 years' experience working in 'Big 4' professional firms (KPMG and EY) and senior corporate roles in the United Kingdom, Australia and most recently, New Zealand.
Paul specialises in the provision of expert reports in a wide variety of investigative and valuation matters with a focus on relationship property and shareholder disputes. He has valued companies and businesses across a wide range of industries, and has given expert evidence in mediations, arbitrations and court proceedings in New Zealand. Paul is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.