Note on Valuing Control and Liquidity in Family and Closely Held Firms
Posted: 21 May 2009
Date Written: February 23, 2009
Most companies around the world are family-controlled and/or closely held. The need to value these companies routinely arises in practice for a variety of reasons, e.g ., to buy out minority shareholders; for gift and estate tax purposes; to tie executive compensation to firm performance; to raise outside capital; or to sell the company outright. However, these companies present certain unique characteristics that can make standard valuation methods inappropriate for them.
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