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The relevance of the Chartered Valuer and Appraiser Programme to Business Valuers

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Introduction

The role of Business Valuation has always been instrumental to mergers and acquisitions and fundraising in the capital markets. The expanded use of fair value in financial reporting has further put a spotlight on the valuation profession as a critical contributor to the reliability of financial statements and indirectly to the workings of the capital markets. Despite this, there is still no single professional framework governing the profession in terms of conduct, education, credentialing, and performance.

There is still no single professional framework governing the profession 

The absence of such a framework makes it more difficult for the business community at large, who hire valuation professionals, to easily ascertain whether valuers possess the requisite skills to perform a high-quality valuation. Additionally, there is risk that the lack of a framework could impact the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the valuations being performed.

 

Benefits to the business community

On this basis, the case for a governing framework for the valuation profession seems clear, but what would the benefit be to those who rely on and use the work of professional valuers?

A more efficient selection process for buyers of valuation advice

The accreditation of valuation professionals would make selection of providers a more efficient process for buyers, reducing the amount of diligence required through reliance on the professional accreditation.

A more competitive market for valuation advice

The accreditation of valuation professionals would allow smaller valuation providers to demonstrate market credibility by membership of and adherence to the professional framework. This would provide buyers with a greater choice of provider and increase market competitiveness to the benefit of buyers.

Increased confidence in the robustness and consistency of the work

A professional framework would credentialise valuation professionals based on education, experience, examination, or some combination of these factors. This would give buyers comfort on the technical competence of the valuer in a world of increasingly complex and specialised valuation requirements.

Performance standards would also provide guidelines for the level of analysis to be applied and work to be performed to issue a valuation report. A robust quality review process would promote high-quality valuations, and provide a meaningful disciplinary mechanism for members who do not comply with the standards of conduct and performance. This would give additional comfort to buyers of valuation services that the valuation work has been performed to a good and consistent standard.

Confidence in professional conduct

A professional framework is likely to include a code of conduct giving buyers of valuation services comfort on professional behavior. This would cover important considerations such as independence, conflicts of interest, and due professional care, all of which would enhance buyer’s confidence in their dealings with appropriately accredited valuation professionals.

 

In conclusion

A widely recognised set of professional standards would enhance user and regulator confidence in the quality of valuations performed by promoting a greater level of consistency and robustness in the methodology, documentation and business/professional conduct. The Business community is also likely to benefit from a wider choice of valuation providers and a more competitive market for valuation services. #

 

The Chartered Valuer and Appraiser Programme was officially launched on 19 April 2016. Registration for the first intake is now open. Please click here for more information.

ATO Spotlight: CA Trust PAC

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Innovative SMPs like CA Trust PAC are offering potential Candidates of the Singapore Qualification Programme (QP) fresh new career pathways. Are you ready to take the path less travelled?

Those new to Singapore’s accountancy sector are often surprised by its diversity of firms and talents. While the Big Four firms often take much of the limelight, following hard on their heels are the mid-tier firms. Smaller, fleeter and punching above their weight class, Small and Medium-sized Practices (SMPs) play an equally vital role: not only do they provide crucial services to a range of companies and organisations, they also serve to nurture the next generation of accountancy professionals.

Strategic leadership
Among the standout firms performing this role is CA Trust PAC. Formed in 1995, CA Trust PAC operated as several different entities before amalgamating into one firm in January 2013. The SMP currently has about 45 staff and is also a member of the global TGS Global accountancy network.

Leading the firm into its next phase of growth is its Director, Mr Paul Tan. Noting the depth of CA Trust PAC’s senior management team, Mr Tan explains how this has contributed to the firm’s success.”We endeavour to provide a comprehensive suite of professional services,” he says. “And because we come from diverse backgrounds, our management team gives very good value to our clients, both to the big MNCs as well as the smaller SME clients.”

 Training and development
In order to provide a high level of service excellence, all staff of CA Trust PAC undergo a regular programme of technical training and professional development. During engagements, partners and seniors are also constantly on hand to offer guidance and advice. Says Mr Chen Shih-Kuang, one of the firm’s directors: “Our reporting structure provides a more efficient way for us to impart our technical knowledge and experiences to our staff.”

Another attraction of working at an SMP is the exposure it offers. Within a relatively short period of time, staff of CA Trust PAC can expect to work with companies across many different industries. They also get exposed to multidisciplinary training as well as accounting; audit and assurance; and taxation, among other subjects.

For young professionals eager to learn the nuts and bolts of accounting practice, this can be an exceptional experience. All staff of CA Trust PAC (even relatively new hires) can also look forward to overseas engagements – a fantastic way to boost their management skills and cultural literacy.

We endeavour to provide a comprehensive suite of professional services. And because we come from diverse backgrounds, our management team gives very good value to our clients, both to the big MNCs as well as the smaller SME clients.
– Mr Paul Tan, Director, CA Trust PAC

Nurturing talent
Embodying the firm’s focus on developing homegrown talents is Ms Chua Soo Rui, another director of CA Trust PAC. Having interned with the firm as a polytechnic student, she joined it after her graduation. In recognition of her abilities and many contributions, Ms Chua was appointed a director in January 2013 – seven years after she first stepped into CA Trust PAC.

CA Trust PAC has also embraced its role as an Accredited Training Organisation of the Singapore QP by offering fresh career pathways to potential Candidates. “We want to create the environment for them to learn the various subjects they are expected to be competent at,” explains Mr Lim Lian Soon, the firm’s Training Principal: “If possible, we will assign Candidates jobs that will fulfil this requirement.”

It’s an approach that is already reaping dividends. Among the beneficiaries is Ms Carmen Lau; a graduate of SIM Global Education and former optometrist, she joined CA Trust PAC in September 2013 as its very first Singapore QP Candidate. “I’ve been here for one month and am enjoying the experience very much,” she says. “I’m glad I made the switch to accountancy and to doing the Singapore QP with CA Trust PAC!”

 

Future forward
As the Singapore QP redraws the contours of accountancy in Singapore, progressive SMPs such as CA Trust PAC are remaking themselves for tomorrow’s challenges. By offering higher-value services, boosting their human capital policies and offering Candidates solid opportunities for learning and growth, they are leading the way towards a brighter and more exciting future for all accountancy professionals – and that’s something to be applauded.

In 2014, CA Trust PAC was renamed from its original firm name “CPA Trust PAC,” a rebranding that reflects the firm’s singular commitment to the Chartered Accountant of Singapore designation. For Mr Tan and his team, the sky’s the limit! #

To learn more about CA Trust PAC, visit the firm’s website and this dedicated page on the Singapore QP website.

 

 

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