International BV conference meets in Italy—along with presenters Grabowski, Glass, Mathews, Zyla, and more


The International Valuation Standards Council will be holding its 2012 Business Valuation International Conference from October 22 to 23 in Milan, Italy, hosted by the Organismo Italiano di Valutazione (OIV). The current agenda features some familiar U.S. speakers, including:

  • Gilbert Matthews (Sutter Securities) and Carla Glass (HSSK) on control premiums;
  • Roger J. Grabowski (Duff & Phelps) on cost of capital issues and international COC;and
  • Mark Zyla (Acuitas) on intangible valuations.
European speakers will address international standards, business combinations and impairment testing, markets and financial risk, and more. The admission to the conference is free, but attendees must register in advance at the OIV website.

In other international news: The IVSC has just announced the appointment of Sir David Tweedie as chair-elect of its board of trustees, effective October 29. Formerly chair of the International Accounting Standards Board, Tweedie will be responsible for the strategic direction of the IVSC as well as the promotion, recognition, and adoption of the International Valuation Standards in the world’s major economies.

Finally, at its most recent meeting, the IVSC’s professional board completed its deliberation on last year’s Competency Framework exposure draft. The final Competency Framework—which comprises a “first step towards promoting common standards of competency and ethical behavior” among valuation professionals, the board says—is now available to download from the IVSC website; hard copies are also at the IVSC bookstore.


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