Valuation and Forensic Partners, LLC

Valuation and Forensic Partners, LLC

Brandi Ruffalo, MBA, CVA, CBA, AIFA

1375 E. Woodfield Rd., Ste. 240 Schaumburg, IL 60173

About the Expert

Brandi is founder and president of The Business Development Company and founder of Valuation and Forensic Partners, LLC. Brandi has extensive experience in valuation and financial consulting and provides support and expert witness testimony in litigation matters including shareholder disputes, damages, and lost profit calculations. Brandi’s work ranges from standardized business valuation to complex financial modeling and analysis involving Monte Carlo simulations and options models. Brandi’s ability to take complex topics and make them understandable allow her to reduce confusion and enable decisions.

Areas of Expertise

  • Appraisal & Valuation General
  • Business Valuations
  • Contract Disputes
  • Economic Damages
  • Financial Matters
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Lost Profits

Expert's Profile

Valuation and Forensic Partners, LLC, an affiliate of The Business Development Company, provides business valuation, litigation support, and
forensic and fraud analysis and joins a team of nationally recognized valuation and forensic professionals. Our team has the experience and
credentials to fulfill most valuation or forensic needs. Many situations warrant a valuation or forensic review of your company or its assets, and
understanding these situations and choosing the right professional can save you and your clients time and money. We combine "big firm" skills and
experience with a personalized touch that gives you flexibility and answers that you need for your clients. Our assignments range from a review of
another professional's work to the completion of complex valuation and forensic engagements - we excel at engagements with difficult or usual

Personal Achievements


  • University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business - Chicago, IL
  • MBA with Honors; Focus in Finance and Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Texas A&M University - College Station, TX BBA in Business Analysis/MIS; College of Business Administration Fellow


  • American Business Appraisers National Network
  • National Association of Certified Valuators & Analysts (NACVA)
  • Institute of Business Appraisers Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP)
  • American Society of Appraisers (ASA)


  • Cost of Capital – A Practitioner’s Perspective, The 25th Annual Business Valuation Conference by the MN Assoc. of Business Valuation Professionals…, February 2015.
  • What’s “Fair” About Business Value in Divorce? Or What’s “Fair” Value in Divorce? Association of Divorce Financial Planners 12th Annual Conference, October 2014.
  • Cost of Capital Case Study and Panel, Southeast Chapter of Business Appraisers Conference, September 2014.
  • The Valuation “Quick Fix” – How Appraisal “Abuse” Can Destroy a Divorce, Association of Divorce Financial Planners, September 2013.
  • Goodwill in Divorce, FICPA Valuation, Forensic Accounting & Litigation Annual Conference, January 2013.
  • Advanced Business Valuation Case Study Instructor, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for NACVA’s Consultants Training Institutes.
  • ¨ Advanced Workshop on Normalization Adjustments, Business Valuation Resources Webinar Series, December 2012.
  • Fairness Opinions, 2012 Regional Conference, Southeast Chapter of the IBA.
  • Advanced Income Approach — Advanced Valuation Application and Models Workshop, 2012 NACVA Fall Business Valuation Symposium Featuring Industry Masters.
  • How to Keep Valuation From Killing the Deal, 2012 The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors Summer Conference.
  • The World Is Not Flat! An Overview of What US Valuation Practitioners Need to Know About International Business Valuation, 2012 NACVA’s Annual Conference.
  • Divorce Value and Goodwill, 2011 Regional Business Valuation Conference,
  • Southeast Chapter of the IBA.
  • Normalizing Financial Statements: Normal or Not? Factors to Consider, 2011 NACVA’s Annual Consultants Conference.
  • Chapter 6: Excellent Valuation Reports” and “Chapter 16: Customer
  • Relationships,” Wiley Guide to Fair Value Under IFRS. (NJ, Wiley, 2010).
  • Case Law Update, 2009 NACVA’s Annual Consultants Conference General Session.
  • Duff & Phelps 2007 Equity Risk Premium Report Webinar, 2008 NACVA’s Online Learning Lecture Series.
  • Determining Cost of Capital Using Duff & Phelps, 2008 and 2009 NACVA’s Consultants Training Institutes.
  • Valuation in M&A, 2006 – 2008 Various Law Firms and Professional Associations.
  • Making Sense of the Cost of Capital Hoopla, 2008 NACVA’s 15th Annual Conference.
  • Supply-Side Models: Are They Relevant in Business Valuation Work? 2007 NACVA’s 14th Annual Consultants Conference.
  • Making Sense of the Cost of Capital Hoopla – 2008, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts Fifteenth Annual Consultants’ Conference
  • Advanced Tools to Improve Report Writing – 2006, 2007, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts
  • Building Blocks of Good Report Writing – 2006, 2007, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts
  • Current Update in Valuations – 2006, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts
  • Current Update in Valuations – 2005, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts
  • Business Valuations: Universal and Fundamental Applications – 2004, International Association of Certified Valuation Analysts

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Valuation and Forensic Partners, LLC is listed with ExpertPages in the following jurisdictions: All US Regions and States, Canada (all Provinces).