Demystifying Valuations – Webinar in January

December 17, 2014 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

There are many occasions for a valuation in the life of a start-up company: preparing for the sought-after financing from a premier VC, the highly anticipated sale to a strategic partner at a hefty premium, or even pricing the initial public offering.

The occasion of the annual 409A/123R (short for Internal Revenue Code Section 409A and Accounting Standards Code 718/Statement of Financial Accounting Standards 123R, Share-Based Payment) valuation exercise is likely a less coveted experience. Often seen as a necessary evil, it is full of rules and methodologies that were developed with the aspiration of transparency, but are often less approachable for the typical user.

In order to shed some light into the world of start-up valuations, The Brenner Group is hosting a free webinar for executive management, financial professionals, corporate counsel, and investors to prepare for the valuation process, understand valuation reports, and assess the impact of preferred equity terms on common stock valuation.

Topics Include:

• Taxman v. Auditor:

Commonalities and differences between IRC 409A and SFAS 123R (ASC718), as well as fair market value under IRS regulations and fair value under accounting standards

• How it’s done:

Overview of the valuation process, the common methods for enterprise valuations, and the subsequent allocation between different classes of securities, including the Current Value Method, the Option Pricing Method, and the Probability Weighted Expected Return Method

• What does it mean to me:

Impact of different terms of preferred equity on the valuation of common shares

Webinar: Wednesday, January 21, 2015: 11:00am – 12:00pm 

You must register in advance for this FREE Webinar.

Please register by Tuesday January 20, 2015 by sending email to

For more information: Demystifying Valuations for Venture Backed Companies (PDF)

Gunther Hofmann is a Vice President of The Brenner Group and has done extensive work in valuations, M&A, venture capital, and corporate finance with significant international experience in small firms as well as global corporations. Gunther earned a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration from Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany, and was a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. He is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Gunther is Chairman of the Software/IT Industry Group of the German American Business Association (GABA).

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