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

  • Cogence did an outstanding job of forensic analysis in our case which was very complex with discovery material that was challenging. The people at Cogence were exceptionally capable and enjoyable to work with. They have my highest recommendation.

    Dave Lowry – Business Owner

  • Jay and Taylor were instrumental in the favorable settlement of an extremely complex insurance coverage action. They analyzed, evaluated and presented complex costs in a thorough, credible and air-tight manner for the litigation, and then continued to update their cost analysis for the several years until the case was settled. By the end, all parties accepted the cost analysis.

    Joan P. Snyder, Partner – Stoel Rives LLP

  • Jay served as a catalyst and “difference maker” in taking our ownership transition ideas and designing a workable plan that led to success using his extensive experience and analysis. We were impressed with his professionalism, timeliness and results.

    Roger Spring – CEO of Evergreen Consulting Group

  • My small, but not simple, retail business suffered a devastating fire in late February, 2017. After spending several months working with my insurance company to calculate my Business Interruption claim I was offered a paltry 35% of the loss by the insurance company’s accounting representation. The offer was made with no documentation by my insurance firm’s accountants, and all communications ceased when I challenged the offer.

    Cogence was able to bring the insurance accountants back to the table to complete the calculations. They worked to understand the intricacies of my business, and were able to present my financial information in a manner that the accountants were better able to accept.

    In the end, we were successful in convincing the insurance company to pay the full amount of the Business Interruption claim. Although it certainly would have been better had the insurance company & their accountant worked through the process in a more honest manner to avoid additional expense, Cogence’s work was instrumental in ultimately getting the claim funded in full – absolutely critical for my business to be able to survive the catastrophe.

    Cogence was wonderful to work with, and I highly recommend them to anyone unfortunate enough to require their services!

    Aaron Silverman – Tails & Trotters

  • 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.

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Cogence Corner Blog

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

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Buy-Sell – Don’t Let Your Attorney Write the Valuation Provisions

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Exit Planning – Who is following in your client’s footsteps?

By: Eli Neal Baby boomer business owners are getting ready to retire. Exit planning is a crucial step for a successful transition. Cogence Group has helped Portland and Oregon business owners structure transactions so that they can reach retirement.  We’ve seen that many business owners want to transfer their business to a younger, current member…