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The team of specialists comprising J.H. Cohn’s Private Equity Services Practice understands the unique needs and challenges of middle-market private equity firms, their M&A process, and the issues surrounding their portfolio companies. Our specialists have the expertise and technical knowledge that private equity firms need from their professional advisors before, during, and after the deal. Our team provides a full variety of services to private equity firms including audit and tax services to the fund and its portfolio companies, M&A services, and value enhancement services such as risk management and insurance reviews, benefits consulting, and corporate governance/internal audit assistance. The Firm’s comprehensive offerings provide private equity clients with numerous competitive advantages throughout the private equity lifecycle, including fund development and portfolio growth and divestiture. In today’s economy, a strong relationship between the private equity community and J.H. Cohn produces significant rewards for private equity funds, portfolio companies, and J.H. Cohn clients, including cost-effective fee structures; middle-market private equity expertise; a strong client-Firm advocacy relationship; and value enhancement services that have a positive impact on the portfolio’s bottom line. Creating a bridge between private equity and our clients J.H. Cohn is a strong advocate of the advantages that private equity can bring to our clients. As a result, we are one of the few accounting firms who actively seek out clients who may be suitable for a private equity investment. To accomplish this goal, we have instituted many internal communication initiatives including a Private Equity Spotlight, private equity industry niche events, J.H. Cohn deal connections, and preemptive private equity client introductions. Fund Services J.H. Cohn provides the fund-level resources and expertise to help private equity funds through all phases of fund development and growth. During the start-up phase, J.H. Cohn can assist with: Partnership agreements Private placement memorandums Other offering documents Structural advice and expertise Once the funds are operational, services may include: Annual financial statement audits Performance reviews Preparation of partnership economic and tax allocations Preparation of tax returns Quarterly compilation or review of financial statements Additionally, our Cayman Islands office enables us to provide audit services for Cayman Islands registered funds. Mergers and Acquisition Services Mergers and acquisition services provided by J.H. Cohn for its private equity clients include due diligence services, financial modeling and valuation support, post-acquisition integration advisory and support, M&A consultation services, purchase price dispute, and tax structuring and optimization. Our M&A Services Practice provides best-in-class due diligence support to effectively position our clients for a successful acquisition engagement by implementing a program that places strong emphasis on the financial, accounting, and operational aspects of the acquisition, recognizing that all financial and operational decisions and outcomes are directly correlated and that decisions made in one area, impact other areas of business. We can manage your entire due diligence process, providing the coordination and communication management necessary to ensure a smooth, efficient process. In addition to traditional financial and tax due diligence, we offer the following due diligence services: Information technology Risk management and insurance Human resources and benefits Market and competitive industry analyses Strategic, operational, and logistical analyses Portfolio Services J.H. Cohn offers its clients a wide range of portfolio services. While we are a nationally recognized firm in the area of performing audits, reviews, and compilations to assist businesses in fulfilling reporting requirements, our accountants and consultants are also frequently finding ways to improve general business practices, operating efficiencies, and fiscal policies in the process. J.H. Cohn services include: Tax planning and compliance – domestic and international Business consulting/operational/IT reviews Corporate governance and IPO readiness assistance Internal audit Value Enhancement Services Value enhancement services offered by J.H. Cohn’s Private Equity Services Practice include: Benefits Consulting We are prepared to assist your company with every phase of employee benefits and pension plan consulting, including pension plans services overview, pension plan management, retirement plan services, welfare consulting and planning, and private client services. Business Investigation Services J.H. Cohn's nationally acclaimed, multidisciplinary, results-focused Business Investigation Services (BIS) Group provides the following services: Bankruptcy and Restructuring; Turnaround and Crisis Management; Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support; Merger and Acquisition Services; and Business Valuations. Often called upon for the most difficult and complex cases, the BIS Group helps its clients achieve results in the most challenging of situations. The Group has assisted clients and their counsel in developing strategies that have resulted in favorable judgments and/or settlements both in and out of the court system. Cost Segregation Studies A Cost Segregation Study (CSS) is a tax-deferral strategy that lowers current income tax liabilities by accelerating depreciation on all eligible costs associated with past, present, or future acquisitions, construction, or building renovations. It is critical that professionals with the requisite knowledge of the tax laws and IRS guidelines, along with qualified engineers, conduct your CSS. Cost segregation provides an opportunity to significantly reduce your current income taxes and improve cash flow. A CSS can be performed for: Expanded or renovated property Property acquisitions (current or prior year) Newly constructed property Tenant leasehold improvements Inherited property with stepped-up basis J.H. Cohn has the in-house expertise, from both a tax and engineering perspective, to perform a CSS on any commercial or residential property. Information Technology As your business grows, so do your information technology needs, and J.H. Cohn can provide you with appropriate IT services for your business lifecycle. We’ll analyze your infrastructure, evaluate current processes/applications, and deliver flexible solutions within the context of your strategic plan. Key Employee Life and Disability Insurance Cohn Wealth Management, a J.H. Cohn-affiliated company, can provide independent advice and optimal pricing for key employee life and disability insurance, helping to mitigate costs and problems that could arise from the death or disability of a key employee. Real Estate Cohn Real Estate, a J.H. Cohn-affiliated company, helps clients incorporate real estate decisions into their business planning, executing a pragmatic strategy that improves bottom-line results. Services include corporate site selection, development advisory services and implementation support, lease audits, and market feasibility and demographic analyses, in addition to traditional transaction-based activities. Risk Management Cohn-UIC, a Cohn Affiliated Company, brings independence, proper competition, and technical skills to the risk management process. We can provide an objective, independent risk management review of your portfolio’s policies in areas such as workers compensation, property, liability, directors’ and officers’ insurance, and automobile coverage. In the ever-changing business world, one thing remains constant: the confidence you can place in J.H. Cohn to get the job done, and get it done right. Our accounting and auditing teams are highly experienced, hands-on problem solvers who hold themselves to an extraordinarily high level of performance. You can trust them to have the understanding and the resources to do what's best for your business. They can expertly guide you through the accounting and auditing process, as well as keep you abreast of industry changes regarding corporate governance, audit and accounting issues, and financial reporting that may affect your business. Our teams utilize the latest accounting practices and audit methodologies to help you manage risk, stay compliant, and improve overall business performance. Employee Benefit Plans For companies large and small, ensuring compliance with all regulatory changes and legislative proposals and avoiding potentially significant penalties are a substantial part of our audit service offerings—but they're not the only part. Private Companies At J.H. Cohn, you can count on private company experts who are knowledgeable in a wide array of industries. This, coupled with real-world experience, provides our clients with excellent customer service and technical skills. We have a proven track record of assisting middle-market companies, women-owned businesses, family-owned businesses, and small businesses. Public Companies At J.H. Cohn, we think all our clients are deserving of partner-level attention. Your business matters to us, and partner involvement is proof of our commitment to you and your future. Sarbanes-Oxley At J.H. Cohn, you'll find the experience you're looking for. We audit more than 60 SEC registrants across a wide range of industries, covering all aspects of reporting. We employ some of the country's top Sarbanes-Oxley consultants, ensuring our clients are in full regulatory compliance. SAS 70 Examinations J.H. Cohn’s dedicated IT Audit Department has completed many SAS 70 examinations for companies in a wide range of industries. Senior Corporate Executives If you're a high-net-worth individual who can no longer have your auditing firm manage your personal finances, J.H. Cohn can step in with comprehensive services tailored to meet your needs. J.H. Cohn's nationally acclaimed, multidisciplinary, results-focused Business Investigation Services (BIS) Group provides the following services: Bankruptcy and Restructuring; Turnaround and Crisis Management; Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support; Mergers and Acquisition Services; and Business Valuations. The BIS Group blends the special skill-sets and talents of Certified Public Accountants (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) specialists, Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (CIRA), Certified Valuation Analysts (CVA), and Juris Doctorates to form one of the largest and most experienced dedicated investigative units in the country. Often called upon for the most difficult and complex cases, the BIS Group helps its clients achieve results in the most challenging of situations. The Group has assisted clients and their counsel in developing strategies that have resulted in favorable judgments and/or settlements both in and out of the court system. Our services include the following: Bankruptcy and Restructuring J.H. Cohn's Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice assists business owners, lenders, creditors, and other stakeholders in informal workouts, out-of-court restructuring situations, and formal bankruptcy proceedings. Our BIS team approaches each situation in a manner unique to the circumstances at hand to develop comprehensive restructuring solutions. Turnaround and Crisis Management Services Our Turnaround and Crisis Management Practice works with senior management to restore a company’s operational and financial stability. We have the capability and depth to quickly assess the crisis. We make the difficult decisions to help underperforming companies effect long-term positive changes that establish a solid foundation for future success. Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support The current and rapidly evolving economic environment has escalated the number and complexity of disputes and litigation. J.H. Cohn's Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support Practice is frequently called upon to provide services in high profile and complex litigation matters. Our experienced team of professionals provides clients and their counsel with technical expertise in analyzing financial transactions, resulting in successful outcomes to complex matters. Mergers and Acquisition Services Our Mergers and Acquisition Services team helps clients maximize value and minimize risk during the acquisition process. We focus on understanding transactional issues unique to business owners and private equity groups. We offer comprehensive support in helping evaluate the risk/return considerations of your deal. Business Valuations Our Business Valuations team combines industry experience with independent and unbiased results to objectively determine the value of an asset, a transaction, or an entire business. We avoid using the generic "cookie cutter" valuation approach which can lead to inaccurate conclusions. J.H. Cohn’s global Corporate Governance Services practice brings unrivalled resources and experience to bear on governance, risk and compliance issues affecting senior management and board directors in Fortune 100, not-for-profit, and private companies who wish to move beyond compliance to improved profitability. For public companies and pre-IPOs, we create solutions that dramatically reduce the time and resource-draining components of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Our international not-for-profit clients benefit from SOX best practices applied by a team of recognized experts in all areas of regulatory compliance, risk management, internal auditing, and IT auditing and security. You run your organization. We’ll protect your interests while you do it—to the fullest extent allowed by law.
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