Answers to complex forensic accounting and business valuation questions

Our job is to make sense of the numbers. Cogence Group can assist you and your client in your next commercial litigation matter. Our reputation is built on being skilled at communicating our findings persuasively and with integrity.

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Financial Forensics Services Financial Forensics Services

Having testified in more than 130 litigated matters, Cogence Group brings a unique perspective and creative approach to solving complex financial problems in an understandable way. We help define the financial or economic analysis needed, and deliver reasoned, credible, and persuasive opinions in the courtroom.

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Business Valuation Services Business Valuation Services

For attorneys, business owners, and trusted professional advisors, Cogence Group artfully weaves the story of the business with the numbers. Our valuations are respectful of the intangible, and reflect how value is affected by a lifetime of owner investment.

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Cogence Group Testimonials

  • Jay and his team were the key to our successful defense of a minority owner oppression case brought against our client by one of the most experienced plaintiffs’ firms in Oregon. He prepared the financial materials we needed to prove that there had been no oppression, and helped us to effectively cross-examine our opponent’s financial expert. We ended up with a complete defense victory in the complex, multi-day arbitration. I enthusiastically recommend Jay and the Cogence Group, and hope that they are always on our side!

    Sanford R. Landress, Esq. – Greene & Markley, P.C.

  • When we started the process of looking for a business evaluation our CPA gave us the name of three companies.  After interviewing the Cogence Group we knew they were the right company to do the job.

    From start to finish they were professional and thorough in their approach.  They gave us a list of the information they needed and worked directly with our CPA to verify financial information, followed up on a regular basis and kept us fully informed each step of the way.

    They delivered the product they represented and we are extremely pleased with the results!

    We highly recommend the Cogence Group PC for business evaluations!

    Kaye Youngren – CEO of Community Management, Inc.

  • In a complex lawsuit arising from a failed sale of a large Washington company, Jay Sickler and his team helped obtain a favorable outcome by building a conservative damages model supporting a $25M damages award.  Jay carefully and effectively explained the model in writing and in deposition, and persuasively responded to criticism from our opponents’ team of experts.  In short, Jay’s work is top notch, and he is a pleasure to work with.

    Steven D. Olson – Tonkon Torp LLP

  • Cogence Group has completed several entity valuations for us over the past 10 years. As a closely held business, we have several times wanted to sell shares within our family for implementing estate planning strategies. Jay Sickler and Lincoln Eckhardt have assisted us by compiling justifiable valuations for our entities in order to accomplish ownership transfers at proper values and with supportive documentation. With their reports we have been able to gift and sell ownership shares to the next generation and among family member.

    Cogence Group reports have ALWAYS been completed within the timeline promised. After working with them numerous times, they are efficient, accurate, and very knowledgeable.

    Tom K. Stern – Pacific NW Properties LP

  • Our case needed someone who would be able to analyze a complex valuation very quickly, and Jay and his team at Cogence definitely delivered.  In addition to identifying errors in assumptions made by the other expert, they were able to identify a fundamental error in this expert’s report, greatly diminishing the expert’s credibility.   In addition, in their work here, Jay and his team never forgot their obligation to be independent experts looking objectively at the parties’ arguments.

    Thomas R. Johnson – Perkins Coie LLP

  • As an expert witness, Jay Sickler has a rare ability to both understand difficult concepts and to be able to teach them to lay people in plain English.  At my last trial with Jay, during some particularly complicated testimony, Jay got up out of the witness stand – marker in hand – and drew pictures on a whiteboard.  He explained everything with both clarity and authority, and his valuation was accepted over the other side’s expert.  And Jay has a great team, which, among other examples, patiently explained Duff and Phelps modeling to me for hours, so that I could then explain it to the judge.  I highly recommend Jay as an expert witness.

    Matt Levin, Markowitz – Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, PC

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Cogence Corner Blog

Review and discussion on topics related to business valuation, financial forensics, economic analysis and more.

Income Approach (Forecast Inputs) – Marijuana Business

By: Eli Neal You can find blog posts #1 – 5 using this link. Business Valuation – The Marijuana Chronicles #6 As discussed in our previous blog post, the Discounted Cash Flow Method (“DCF Method”) relies on a management forecast for future periods. It’s important for valuation analysts to review & scrutinize management’s forecast to…

It’s Official!

Cogence Group’s two associates, Eli Neal and Taylor Cothran, are now both Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV). This credential is in addition to the CPA designation already held by our two superstars. Congratulations, Taylor and Eli!

Income Approach (Discount Rates) – Marijuana Business

By: Eli Neal Catch up on blog posts #1 – 4 using these links: 1. An Introduction to the Oregon Marijuana Industry 2. How to Perform a Business Valuation of a Marijuana Business 3. Adjusted Net Asset Approach for Marijuana Businesses 4. Market Approach – Marijuana Business Business Valuation – The Marijuana Chronicles #5 This…