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Learn more about Dixon Hughes and our FLSV practice.

Learn more about Dixon Hughes and our FLSV practice.


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  • 1. Who is Dixon Hughes? Forensic, Litigation Support & Valuation Services [FLSV]
  • 2. critical mass 1200+ People 168 Members / Principals • 1200+ People 23 Cities / 8 States • 168 Members / Principals Largest CPA firm in the South • 22 Cities / 7 States • Largest headquartered in Southeast 18th largest in U.S. • 18th largest in U.S. U.S. top 15 in public clients • U.S. top 15 in public clients • 55 SEC/public audit clients 55 SEC/public audit clients • 2,000 audit clients (approx.) 2,000 audit clients (approx.) • 8th largest global alliance 8th largest global alliance
  • 3. Regional Dominance, National Reach Dixon Hughes dominates Dixon Hughes offices the Southeast and does Alabama Florida Georgia North Carolina South Carolina Tennessee Texas West Virginia business in all 50 states.
  • 4. International Alliance • Global Ranking: 8th Member of Praxity, an international • 4 largest U.S. member firms alliance of independent accounting firms (including Dixon Hughes) if that offers multinational clients access to resources around the world. combined would rank as 6th largest U.S. accounting firm • Revenue: $2.8 billion • 101 firms with more than 23,000 staff in 73 countries
  • 5. muscle + efficiency • Deep experience & hands-on style • Deep experience & hands-on style • Comprehensive services • Big 4 alternative • Big 4 alternative • 6 major industry groups • 50-year history • Comprehensive services • 50-year history
  • 6. independence + fresh ideas • Customized service vs. one-size fits all approach • Significant member involvement in your industry • Experienced professionals that specialize • Ongoing communication tofits all approach • Customized service vs. one-size avoid surprises • Significant member involvement • Accessible & responsive • Focusedcommunication to avoid& their impact on your entity • Ongoing on business risks surprises • Experienced professionals that specialize in your industry Accessible & responsive • Focused on business risks & their impact on your entity
  • 7. Comprehensive Services Assurance Corporate Governance Fraud, Forensic & Litigation Support • Audits, reviews & compilations • Sarbanes-Oxley • Expert testimony & consulting • Employee benefit plan audits – Testing & process improvement • Complex Commercial Litigation • Budgets, forecasts & projections – Outsourcing; co-sourcing • Intellectual property litigation • Agreed upon procedures • Internal Audit • Breach of Contract • SEC services – Risk assessment • Fraud examination & training • Loan defeasance services – Outsourcing; co-sourcing • FCPA – Testing, development & execution • Contract review Income Tax Services – Project assistance • Computer forensics • Mergers & acquisitions – Regulatory compliance • Investigative services • FIN 48 & FAS 109 assistance/consulting • Personal injury/wrongful death • Co-sourcing & outsourcing Sales & Use & Property Tax • Bankruptcy • Tax compliance services • Sales tax recovery – Individual • Sales tax returns processing IT Risk & Advisory – Business • Audit defense • Internal audit resource assistance – Foreign • Nexus issues & voluntary disclosure • IT & operational risk assessment & • Tax accounting method services • Sales & use tax advisory services consultation • Cost segregation & depreciation reviews • Property tax return preparation • Information technology audits (FFIEC • Individual tax planning compliance exams) • International tax planning Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures • Assistance with documenting & testing • Transfer pricing • Financial, tax & operational due diligence SOX-related IT controls • Expatriate tax planning & compliance • Business valuation • SAS 70 & Agreed Upon Procedures • State & local income/franchise tax planning • Intellectual property valuation • Network security/vulnerability assessments • State & local tax incentives • Purchase price allocation • Merger & acquisition IT due diligence • Audit defense & client representation • Corporate restructuring • Executive compensation • Merger integration assistance Consulting & Advisory • Real estate • Enterprise-wide risk assessment – Partnership tax compliance & planning • Performance improvement – Like-kind exchanges • Benchmarking • Industry specific consulting services
  • 8. muscle + efficiency Forensic, Litigation Support & Valuation • Over 45 professionals • 26 professionals with testifying experience • Group has testified over 1,000 times • Over 530 cases currently in process
  • 9. FLSV Office Expertise Litigation Support Valuation Forensic Dedicated Staff Dixon Hughes offices Alabama Florida Georgia North Carolina South Carolina Tennessee Texas West Virginia
  • 10. • Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) • Encase Certified Examiner (EnCE) • Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) • Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) • Accredited Valuation Analyst (AVA) • Certified Construction Industry Financial • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst Professional (CCIFP) (CDFA) • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) • Certified Forensic Financial Analyst • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) (CFFA) • Certified Insolvency & Restructuring • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Advisor (CIRA) • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) • Ph.D. of Finance • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) • Private Investigator – South Carolina • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • 11. Forensic, Litigation Support & Valuation Services Forensic & Litigation Support Services Forensic & Litigation Support (cont.) Valuation Services • Commercial Matters • Fraud & Forensic Accounting • Transaction, Compliance & Litigation Related –Business Interruption –Forensic Accounting • Mergers & Acquisitions –Lost Profits –Fraud Risk Management • Equitable Distributions –Breach of Contract –Asset Tracking & Recovery • Shareholder Dispute & Oppression Actions –Antitrust –Fraud & Financial Crimes • Buy-Sell Agreements –Minority Shareholder Disputes –Tax Crimes • Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Licenses –Product Liability/Negligence –Embezzlement • Business Appraisals –Professional Liability –Commercial Bribery & Kickbacks • Transaction Analysis & Structure –Loss of Use –Financial Statement Fraud • Stock Options –Construction Damages –Money Laundering • Purchase Price Allocations –Reasonable Royalty –Sources & Uses of Funds Analysis • Domestic Matters –Unjust Enrichment • Transfer Pricing –Employment Law • Computer Forensics • Estate & Gift –Hard Drive Imaging • S-Corp Creation or Conversion • Personal Damages –Analysis of USB Drive Storage –Injury –Recovery of Deleted Files –Wrongful Death –Recovery of Web Based Email –Wrongful Birth –Analysis of Internet Activity –Medical Malpractice –Retrieval of Hidden & Temporary Files –Present Value of Future Medical Care –Evidence Preservation –Wrongful Termination –Electronic Discovery • Domestic Matters –Settlement Structure and Tax Impact –Asset Tracing & Identification –Financial Declarations –Family & Divorce Mediation / Arbitration / Joint Expert –Child Support/Alimony –Pension Valuations
  • 12. Commercial Matters • Each case is unique → requires creativity and experience • Identify relevant facts • Analyze the financial impact • Quantify claims for plaintiffs, or respond to claims by defendants • Customized team approach for each engagement • Experts specializing in litigation, tax, audit, and advisory services • Experience in a variety of industries and types of cases, including: –Business Interruption –Professional Liability –Lost Profits –Loss of Use –Breach of Contract –Construction Damages –Antitrust –Reasonable Royalty –Minority Shareholder Disputes –Unjust Enrichment –Product Liability / Negligence –Employment Law
  • 13. Fraud and Forensic Services • Forensic accountants trained in • Detection and deterrence of fraudulent conduct • Over 15 categories of fraud – each with multiple schemes • Accounting procedures and internal controls • Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present complex financial/business issues in a manner that is both understandable and properly supported • Fraud examination specialists • Certified by the ACFE, and have investigative & trial experience • Perform a variety of services related to prevention, detection and investigation, including: –Forensic Accounting –Financial Statement Fraud –Fraud Risk Management –Money Laundering –Asset Tracking & Recovery –Computer Forensics / Data Mining –Fraud & Financial Crimes –Accounting Processes / System –Tax Crimes Analysis –Embezzlement –Sources & Uses of Funds Analysis –Commercial Bribery & Kickbacks –Document Conversion
  • 14. Computer Forensics • Digital data • Can provide critical evidence for investigations (including civil and criminal matters) • Can be obtained from computers, printers, USB drives, and other portable electronic devices • Can sometimes be recovered, even when it appears to be lost • Forensic specialists • Trained in data recovery, analysis, and presentation • Perform a variety computer forensic services, including: –Hard Drive Imaging –Analysis of Internet Activity –Analysis of USB Drive Storage –Retrieval of Hidden & Temporary Files –Recovery of Deleted Files –Evidence Preservation –Recovery of Web Based Email –Electronic Discovery
  • 15. Valuation Services • Business valuation services • Experienced and accredited valuation professionals • Apply recognized/accepted valuation approaches • Supported by current empirical evidence and extensive research • Valuation experts • Advise on complex financial issues • Assist in trial preparation, including assessments of conclusions reached by opposing experts • Experience in a variety of industries and types of cases, including: –Mergers and Acquisitions –Buy-Sell Agreements –Estate & Gift Tax Planning –S-Corp Creation or Conversion –IRS / Tax-Related Issues –Patents, Trademarks, –Equitable Distributions Copyrights, Licenses –Shareholder Disputes / Oppression Actions
  • 16. Forensic, Litigation Support & Valuation Bios GRAHAM D. ROGERS, ASA Location: 6525 Morrison Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28211 Phone: 704.367.5913 Fax: 704.367.5528 E-Mail: GRogers@dixon-hughes.com Profile: Graham is a member of Dixon Hughes’ Forensic, Litigation Support & Valuation practice in Charlotte, NC and has a professional career that spans more than twenty years. He has been assisting clients with their litigation, investigations and valuation needs for more than 12 years. Graham Rogers, ASA Graham has experience in conducting forensic investigations and providing fraud risk assessments in both small and large international 704/367-5913 companies in a variety of industries. Graham has been retained as an expert to determine economic damages in a variety of complex GRogers@dixon-hughes.com commercial litigation matters including breach of contract and intellectual property disputes. Graham also has experience in determining lost or diminished wages and personal service needs as a result of civil litigation matters including personal injury. In addition, Graham provides clients Fair Market Value opinions of intellectual assets and public and private companies. Prior to joining Dixon Hughes, Graham had significant Big-4 experience assisting clients with their litigation, valuation or forensic investigation needs. Prior to his consulting career, Graham served seven years as a naval officer in the U.S. Navy. While in the navy, Graham qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and engineering officer for two different naval warships. Graham also qualified for the air force’s space operations badge while assigned to U.S. Space Command’s Cheyenne Mountain Air Force base. While in this position, he was responsible for the operational readiness of the U.S. military’s geosynchronous satellite missile warning network. Graham received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Science from the United States Naval Academy. Professional/Civic Activities: Accredited Senior Appraiser, Business Valuation (American Society of Appraisers Licensing Executive Society Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Administrative Board, Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC