Valuation critical under new M&A rules
Abstract: Sweeping changes to the accounting rules for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) will start affecting many companies that are closing deals this year. FASB SFAS No. 141(R), Business Combinations, was issued in late 2007, but it applies to deals closing on or after the first day of the first annual reporting period beginning after Dec. 15, 2008. This article explains how many of the changes prescribed in this 358-page document increase the importance of having accurate valuations.