Z. Christopher Mercer, FASA, CFA, ABAR, founder and CEO of Mercer Capital will present “How to Present Complex Finance to Judges: K.I.S.S.” at the AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada (May 9, 2019). Scott A. Womack, ASA, MAFF and Karolina Calhoun, CPA/ABV/CFF will also be attending the conference.
In his session, Chris will delve into more than 30 years of experience presenting complex valuation and damages issues to judges and juries. One of the key ideas of effective communication is the KISS principle, or “keep it simple, stupid.” The question is, how can we do that? Chris provides the techniques and templates necessary to communicate your position, and your opponent’s position, in such a way that judges can hone in on and understand the most important information and why it’s important.
Hosted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Business Valuation Resources (BVR), this conference brings together the leading matrimonial attorneys and financial experts. The goal of this conference is to gain critical insight from nationally recognized presenters and to increase your practice proficiency. From divorce valuation and litigation issues to questions on complex financial analysis and development of expert witness skills, this event provides a rare opportunity to hear experts debate the latest issues and trends.
Chris began his valuation career in the late 1970s. He has prepared, overseen, or contributed to hundreds of valuations for purposes related to tax, ESOPs, buy-sell agreements, and litigation, among others. Chris has extensive experience in litigation engagements including statutory fair value, divorce, and numerous other matters where valuation issues are in question.
Scott concentrates his practice in family law litigation (traditional litigated divorce and collaborative divorce) and valuation matters involving a variety of industries. He assists estate planning attorneys in federal and state valuation matters, family law attorneys in divorce matters (including business valuation, forensic accounting, division of marital estate, etc.), and small business owners involving the potential sale of their businesses.
Karolina provides valuation and forensics services for litigated family law, gift & estate planning and further matters related to divorce, privately held businesses, dissenting shareholders, intellectual property, personal goodwill, etc. With her forensics accreditation, she provides economic and financial damages studies, asset tracing, lost profits, and lifestyle analysis.