Consulting & Advisory
In today’s dynamic economy, real-time knowledge and responsive business solutions are essential for success, but it is nearly impossible for one individual or firm to remain current on all issues they face. Dansa D’Arata Soucia’s advisory services enhance your team by providing resources that manage risks and improve performance, efficiency, and value. We deliver additional expertise, knowledge, and analysis that increase your organization’s competitiveness. Combined with our customized solutions for each client, these qualities make us a trusted and valued partner for many advisors.
Areas of expertise within consulting include:
- Litigation support and forensic accounting
- Matrimonial consulting
- Business valuation
Litigation Support & Forensic Accounting
Our dedicated full-service litigation support team can provide comprehensive litigation, matrimonial, bankruptcy, and forensic investigation services. We help our clients understand the unique financial and accounting issues involved in their case. Although our analysis is complex, we balance that with an understandable and concise approach to the facts.
Our professionals assess each project in a fair and unbiased manner. After gaining a full understanding of the pertinent issues, we develop a tailored work plan for the project based upon the issues at hand. We have expertise in all phases of litigation, including pre-litigation consulting, discovery, economic damages analysis, expert testimony, and final resolution.
Forensic accounting is a blend of investigative and accounting skills. Our forensic accounting and fraud investigations are designed to uncover the facts and the substance of transactions. We follow a strategic investigative approach when verifying or finding data, interpreting financial or other information, tracing funds, reconstructing transactions or records, and explaining financial transactions. We have provided forensic services to clients and counsel in many high-profile cases, including serving as court-appointed experts.
Specific engagements in which our team has experience include:
- Asset misappropriation
- Record reconstruction
- Asset tracing
- Analysis of records
- Bankruptcy investigations
- Insurance claims/fraud
- Fraud and embezzlement
- Shareholder disputes
- Civil and criminal financial cases
- Detection of hidden assets
- Financial statement irregularities
- Regulatory investigations
- Domestic matters
- Identification of fraudulent transactions
- Settlement negotiations
- Damage calculations
- Forensic investigations
There are many financial considerations to address with divorce. From proper asset valuations to analyzing funds for possible fraudulent activity, we work with our clients to ensure a just and thorough evaluation process occurs with the expertise of an independent party. Our team’s deep experience in many areas of consulting and advisory services makes us a trusted partner in these understandably personal and sensitive examinations with wide-ranging needs.
Our matrimonial and family court actions consulting expertise includes:
- Business valuation
- Settlement negotiations
- Cash flow analysis and dissipation analysis
- Value pensions
- Tax planning
- Trial expert witness testimony
Our valuation professionals have extensive experience performing all types of valuation services. Our professionals develop valuations using comprehensive training in valuation methods coupled with extensive experience in providing such services. Our methodologies are irrefutably sound, accurate, and able to withstand the most demanding scrutiny.
Areas of expertise within valuation services include:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Estate and gift tax planning and compliance
- Succession planning
- Computation of damages in litigation settings
- Offerings of memorandum
- Divorce, both marital and business
- Partnership agreements and buy/sell agreements
- Shareholders’ fees
- Audit evidence under FASB No. 141 and 142
- Expert witness testimony
- Fairness opinions
In today’s economic environment, there are many complicated issues and decisions involved when considering a merger or acquisition. Tax, accounting, and business issues can often make or break a merger or acquisition deal. Having a business partner that is well-organized and knowledgeable may increase your chance of a successful and seamless transaction. Our professionals provide guidance throughout the process, providing you with information necessary to make the most advantageous decisions for the future of your business.
We can assist you within all areas of business combination transactions:
- Analysis of tax, accounting, and management issues and consequences
- Assistance with the transaction structure and deal negotiation
- Communication with attorneys and other parties on your behalf
- Performance of comprehensive financial analysis and projections
- Identification of alternative financing approaches
- Performance of due diligence
- Assurance that you are making an informed decision
A well-designed succession plan is crucial to the survival of a family business from one generation to the next. We offer a proven framework for developing and implementing a succession plan customized to your business, goals, and values. Once we gather all pertinent details regarding your unique situation, we construct an individualized plan to address all issues relevant to your business, such as the minimization of taxes, company leadership, equity and fairness, and family control.
Our comprehensive succession plan will provide recommendations regarding:
- Fundamental restructuring of the business
- Choice of type of business entity
- Tax and retirement projections
- Tax consequences to the retiree, business, and successor
- Business valuations
David J. D’Arata, CPA | CFE