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Seth Webber

Seth Webber, a Principal and head of BerryDunn's Valuation Group, provides valuation and consultation to clients in a wide range of industries. Seth is experienced in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions planning and execution, and program management.
Executive Compensation: Making or Breaking an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
Executive compensation is often a contentious issue in business valuations, as business valuations are often valued by reference to the income they produce. If the business being valued pays its employees an above-market rate, its income will be...
Four Tips for Choosing a FAIR Expert Witness

Approximately 80% of civil cases involve an expert witness. The courts are increasingly critical of experts who advocate for clients’ positions rather than presenting independent analysis. Having an unbiased expert who develops defendable positions...

Supermarkets and Succession Planning: Lessons Learned from Market Basket

What can a trip to the supermarket teach us about the need for succession planning? It was hard, if not impossible, to avoid stories on the Market Basket dispute that erupted over the summer. The company's crisis was unprecedented on a number of...

What Do ESOPs, Motorcycles, and the DOL Have in Common?

Valuation is at issue in an ESOP. It is the central issue: How much is the company worth? The answer to this question establishes the transaction price and the shares that are, in turn, owned by the trust.

A Buy-Sell Agreement Is Your Safety Net—Will it Work?

A buy-sell agreement should work like a safety net. You want it on hand for when—or if—you’ll need it. In most cases, you don’t need it until long after you first created it, making it quite likely that some conditions will be different, whether...

BerryDunn "Downhillers" Skied All Night for a Good Cause

Last weekend, the BerryDunn “Downhillers” team skied at the Downhill 24 to raise funds for WinterKids. The Downhill 24 is a 24-hour (technically, 23 hours with the clock springing forward) team downhill ski race at Mt. Abram. WinterKids is a...

Time to Look the Gift Horse in the Mouth

Do you want the good news or bad news first?


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