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Raymond Dragon

MBA, MS, CPVA, ASA
Senior Expert in Business and Patent Valuation

Raymond is an accredited business valuation consultant in Anchin’s Litigation, Forensic, and Valuation Services Group. He is an executive with over 25 years of experience in valuation, M&A, corporate finance, forensic accounting, litigation support and expert testimony.

His practice includes business valuations for shareholder disputes, mergers and acquisitions, divorces, buy/sell agreements, and estate planning.  He has also valued partial equity interests and stock options.  Raymond provides fair value financial analysis including ASC 805 purchase price allocations and valuations of intangible assets such as trade names/brands, customer relationships, royalties, patents and technology.  He has also performed lost profits and financial damages analyses.  His testimony has been accepted in arbitrations and in the New Jersey Courts of Chancery.

Prior to joining Anchin, Raymond worked as an independent consultant specializing in business valuation and litigation support, and has spent time working among the ranks of the Big Four. He also has experience in investment banking, corporate development, and venture capital investments.

Raymond has the distinction of being an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in business valuation with the American Society of Appraisers, where he is Past President of the Northern New Jersey Chapter. He is a Certified Patent Valuation Analyst and a member of the New York Estate Planning Council.

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  • Summary Judgement Denied on Warranty Breach Claim Where Expert Opinion Raised Factual DisputeOctober 11, 2017

    Members of Anchin, Block & Anchin’s Litigation, Forensic and Valuation Services Group are often called upon to serve as expert witnesses.  As demonstrated in a case recently reported in the New York Law Journal, a testifying expert’s qualifications are extremely important as they go to the credibility of the witness’ testimony and cans sometimes have far reaching effects even before a trial begins.

  • SEC Rules that Digital Assets Can Be Treated as Securities, Fall Under Federal Securities LawOctober 10, 2017

    Since their launch, cryptocurrencies and other digital assets have operated in a regulatory grey area. Should they be treated as currencies? Securities? As something completely different? In a July report, the SEC clarified the situation and set a new precedent: Digital assets can be treated as securities and fall under federal securities law.

  • Top Lessons from the 2017 SEC Cybersecurity ReportOctober 2, 2017

    Cybersecurity continues to be a top priority for the SEC. They recently reviewed 75 firms, including broker-dealers, investment advisers, and investment companies, to see what the financial industry is doing well related to cybersecurity, as well as what needs to be improved. Firms should use this information to evaluate and improve their own protection of client data and be aware of these issues which the SEC will be on the lookout for during future inspections.

  • Arbitration Panel Did Not Exceed AuthoritySeptember 14, 2017

    It is very difficult to have an arbitrator’s decision and award vacated. There are only a few circumstances in which a court will vacate an arbitrator’s decision and award. One of those circumstances is when the arbitrator or the arbitration panel exceeds authority.

  • Tax Court Refuses to Follow Rev. Rul. 91-32 in Grecian Magnesite Mining DecisionAugust 23, 2017

    In a recent decision, the U.S. Tax Court refused to accord deference to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) administrative ruling treating the sale of partnership interests as a sale of assets the partnership uses in a U.S. trade or business, thereby subjecting the resulting gain to taxation as income effectively connected to a U.S. trade or business.

  • Suit Over Breach of Contract Stayed Pending ArbitrationAugust 3, 2017

    When entering into a contract that contains a provision that requires arbitration for the resolution of disputes, the involved parties have, in fact, chosen to utilize an alternative dispute resolution to resolve conflicts instead of courtroom litigation.  However, courts are supportive of arbitration as a means for resolving disputes and try, wherever possible, to uphold arbitration agreements.

  • Proposed Carried Interest Bills Still AliveJuly 10, 2017

    Earlier this year, we shared information with you about several proposed bills that would increase taxes due on investment performance allocations, commonly known as carried interest. Carried interest is the share of profits that fund managers receive in exchange for managing investments. The controversy over carried interest arises because the current tax rules allow managers to pay taxes on portions of the carried interest allocation at the (long term) capital gains rate rather than the higher tax rate that normally applies to ordinary income.

  • Arbitrator’s Award Over Gas Sensors Sold During ‘Earn Out’ Period ConfirmedJuly 6, 2017

    Although arbitration awards can be challenged in court, these awards will only be overturned by the court in rare and limited cases. Courts will vacate or refuse to confirm an arbitration award if the award is the product of fraud, corruption, or serious misconduct by the arbitrator.

  • Court Denies Plaintiff’s Motion to Set Aside Jury VerdictMay 30, 2017

    Anchin, Block & Anchin’s Litigation, Forensic and Valuation Services Group is often retained to determine damages in cases involving a breach of contract, a business interruption, a personal injury, a wrongful termination, a wrongful death, or other cases where damages are incurred by one party as a result of the actions of another party.

  • SEC Clarifies Three Confusing Situations For The Custody RuleMay 25, 2017

    The SEC’s Custody Rule continues to be a headache for registered investment advisers. The conditions are so unclear, it’s easy to inadvertently trigger custody rule violations. To help advisers adjust, the SEC recently issued clarification for three confusing situations under the rule.

  • Arbitration Compelled After Parties Did Not Try to Arbitrate in Good FaithApril 14, 2017

    Members of Anchin, Block & Anchin’s Litigation, Forensic and Valuation Services Group often serve as arbitrators. Alternative dispute resolution is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional litigation. Courts are very reluctant to allow parties to an agreement to litigate if an agreement between the parties requires that disputes be arbitrated.

  • SEC Identifies Top 5 Compliance Issues Found in OCIE ExaminationsApril 6, 2017

    Call it a wake-up call for registered investment advisers—the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Risk Alert, highlighting the top five compliance issues found in deficiency letters sent to SEC-registered investment advisers.

  • Husband Fails to Show Circumstance Change and Downward Modification of Support DeniedApril 4, 2017

    Anchin, Block & Anchin’s Litigation, Forensic and Valuation Services Group is often retained to assist attorneys who are handling matrimonial and family law matters that involve financial considerations. At times, counsel requires our assistance in arguing against one spouse’s attempt to have a downward modification in maintenance and/or child support.

  • Petition to Vacate Arbitration Award DismissedMarch 16, 2017

    Members of Anchin, Block & Anchin’s Litigation, Forensic and Valuation Services Group often serve as arbitrators. Alternative dispute resolution is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional litigation. Although the courts may be asked to review the validity an arbitrator’s award, unless there are unusual and extenuating circumstance, they will rarely overturn such awards.

  • Conflicting Expert Opinions Preclude Summary Judgment DismissalMarch 7, 2017

    Frequently, as part of our litigation, forensic and valuation services practice, we are called upon to issue expert reports. As can be imagined, it is common that the opinions expressed in the expert reports for each side are very different (reasonable professionals can disagree, right?). However, it is interesting to consider how much of an impact those different opinions can have on the case process.

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