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Accounting for Goodwill in a Merger or Acquisition

  Mark S. Becker, Partner, CFO Edge, LLC  
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With the improving economy resulting in more mergers and acquisitions, it behooves Los Angeles and Southern California executives to have a clear understanding of accounting for goodwill in a merger or acquisition.

Goodwill - from an accounting perspective, an intangible asset or assets arising when a company is purchased for greater than its fair market value of its net assets - can include brand name value, a solid customer base and strong customer relationships, and patents or proprietary technology.

Identified are five problems that can occur when goodwill accounting is not done correctly in an acquisition, as well as four examples of positive outcomes from working with a CFO services professional to address them.

An on-demand CFO brings many years of experience navigating the complexities of goodwill accounting and other facets of mergers and acquisitions so that there are no outstanding areas left to chance.

And a professional resource of this nature contributes high-level negotiating expertise to assist acquirers in attaining the most favorable deal possible.

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