Oil & Gas Price Outlook April 2016 If PUDs are “free,” we may be a buyer at that price! As E&P companies are releasing their year-end 2015 financials, they all show significant write-offs for the value of their Proved Undeveloped Properties, or “PUDs.” These are driven by their independent engineer’s calculations that many of their…

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March Madness Employee Productivity Are you one of the more than 60 million Americans that filled out a March Madness tournament bracket at work this year? How about one of the 1.5 million employees streaming the NCAA Tournament online and on your company’s dollar? If you fall into either of these categories, you are a…

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Valuing Complex Derivative Securities Even though private equity fund managers are in the business of sourcing and investing daunting amounts of money into a variety of private companies, their mindset often resembles that of the businesses in which they invest. In their 2015 Annual US PE Fund breakdown, Pitchbook identified the average size of a…

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Oil & Gas Price Outlook March 2016 It can actually go up … For the last few months, oil prices have been continually testing the lower price ranges reflected in the futures and options markets. Although February’s pricing reflected a two-sided market, the general trend reflected an increase in oil prices to a level of…

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Presidential Predictions 2016 Given today is “Super Tuesday,” we thought we’d opine on some of the statistics and predictions about various candidates making it to America’s top office. According to British prognosticators wagering their own money, Hillary Clinton has a 53% chance of winning the general election. However, Mr. Helmut Norpoth, a professor of political…

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Private Equity Fund Managers Small Business Owners? Even though private equity fund managers are in the business of sourcing and investing daunting amounts of money into a variety of private companies, their mindset often resembles that of the businesses in which they invest. In their 2015 Annual US PE Fund breakdown, Pitchbook identified the average…

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CbC Not For Me? Think Again. OECD Aligning Transfer Pricing In December of 2015, the US issued proposed regulations related to the implementation of OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project, Action 8-10 – Aligning Transfer Pricing Outcomes with Value Creation. (Have we lost you yet?) These proposed regulations would require US Multi-National Enterprises…

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US multi-nationals have long enjoyed the simplicity and tax certainty afforded by Cost Sharing Arrangements (CSA). In a CSA, participants share in the development of valuable intangibles in exchange for the right to exploit the resulting intangible. The cost of the development activity is allocated to the participants based on each participant’s expected benefit. (To…

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Our research suggests it will, but not for a few more years.

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Oil & Gas Price Outlook February 2016 A wild ride to expected values! In our January blog, we showed that futures markets predicted a one-standard deviation range (68% probability) for oil prices was expected to be approximately $33 – $39 per barrel as of month end. The day after we published, oil prices began falling…

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Happy New Year! Oil & Gas Price Outlook January 2016 After enduring a 32% drop in crude oil prices and a 35% drop in natural gas prices in 2015, this next year has to improve… doesn’t it?? While futures markets aren’t a crystal ball, with a little bit of statistical analysis, they can tell us…

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Apple Eurozone Tax 348 million If there was any doubt regarding the changing international tax landscape, Apple became among the first of what is sure to be many multi-national enterprises to enter into a multi-million dollar tax settlement related to its European operations.  Italy’s La Republicca announced last week that Apple has agreed to pay…

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Spotlight on Transfer Pricing The US Treasury Department (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released the much-anticipated US Country-by-Country (CbC) Reporting rules on December 21, 2015. These proposed rules, issued in the form of proposed regulation §1.6038-4, would require the ultimate US parent of a multi-national enterprise (MNE) group with annual revenues exceeding $850…

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Our research suggests it will, but not for a few more years.

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Several quarters remain before bankruptcy attorneys return to high employment. However, weakness in specific sectors should provide an increased flow of near term bankruptcy activity.

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