Commercial experience across a large range on industries, professions and businesses

By: Wettenhall Expert Opinion  06-Jan-2011
Keywords: Chartered Accountants, Family Court, Forensic Accounting

Business valuations and other forensic assignments are handled in most jurisdictions. This work is complemented by SME accounting, audit and taxation private client services experience of over 35 years.

                                        CHOOSING THE EXPERT VALUATION WITNESS                                                         







Searching for the person who appropriately fills both roles is the constant challenge for the Courts and legal practitioners.


This document sets out qualifications and experience established over many years – experience in the Family Court and other jurisdictions with entities and businesses of all sizes and industries. Solid commercial knowledge backed by experience that is also available for day-to-day non- litigation matters.



  • Franchised electrical retailer - single expert Family Court – value equity - $730,000
  • Superannuation fund – value interest in food manufacturing business - $570,000
  • Information publishing – merger valuation for listing- $11million
  • Recreational equipment manufacturer – shareholder buyout$3 million
  • IT based business systems – review of a previous valuation – Supreme Court - $4 million
  • Recruitment firm – shareholder buyout – value equity - $1 million
  • Music industry – merger of interestsfor listing– valuation of both entities - $29 million
  • Accountancy firm – review professional standards of an accountant – Supreme Court
  • Stockfeed manufacturer – value business enterprise - $7  million
  • Dormant corporate structure – value for taxation restructuring - $2.7 million
  • Media representative company- sale of equity interest - $700,000


Referrals are regularly received from Counsel, law firms as well as accounting practices; nomination by the Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Victorian Branch) occurs in matters requiring expert valuation and other forensic evidence.


Capital Gains Tax valuations for deceased estates (market value cost bases) and business restructuring purposes (CGT and stamp duty issues) regularly handled for clients of Accounting and Legal practices. Tax consolidation valuations may be required for group companies.


Experience since 1972 in the accounting profession in Australia and the United Kingdom including 10 years audit assignments in Australia and the United Kingdom. Professional registrations include being a registered tax agent and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (Fellow)(1976) and Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (1995)


Foundation member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia(Vic. Division) Forensic Accountants Special Interest Group (1999).


Academic qualifications are a Diploma of Business (Swinburne 1973), post graduate Diploma of Securities Analysis (1983) and Professional Certificate in Arbitration and Mediation (Adelaide 1999).



As a Principal or Partner of Arthur Young, Ernst & Young and now Wettenhall & Co., Roly Wettenhall has prepared or been part of valuation teams for approximately 250 valuation and litigation matters.


Expert testimony has been given for the Federal and Family Courts and Supreme and County Courts in Victoria.


Expert determinations are provided in respect of commercial transactions, past or contemplated, that may be in dispute as between partners in business, suppliers and customers and other commercial parties.


Advice on structuring, negotiating and implementing mergers, takeovers and partial buyouts has been provided to ensure achievement of tax efficiencies and successful implementation of strategies – especially as part of teams of outside specialists for the detailed taxation and legal issues.


Valuation and litigation assignments have included:


a)         Valuation for Mobil Oil Ltd of a petroleum distributor subsidiary.

b)         Pre-receivership valuation of a major national fabric importer\wholesaler.

c)         Valuations and reviews of businesses for matrimonial property settlements in the Family Court

d)         Valuation of units in a medical practice for stamp duty purposes.

e)         Loss and damages claim for Pyramid investors against the Government of Victoria and others.

f)          Valuation of a commercial furniture manufacturer for admission of a partner.

g)         Loss and damages claim for an individual making a claim against the Law Institute of Victoria.

h)         Valuation of losses sought by the Olympic Park Trust against the Transurban City Link project.

i)                  Valuation and review of operations of a Yarra Valley tourist accommodation business.

j)                   Expert valuation witness for Sietel Ltd - Aquamax hot water systems I P litigation

k)                Pre-IPO valuation for CGT purposes – Management/ IT consultancy.

l)                  Economic loss evidence in personal injury claim.

m)                  Loss of profits – cancellation of large entertainment event on Sydney Harbour

n)                  National women’s fashion manufacturing and retailing chain – valuation for restructuring.

o)                  Interest and penalty claims – Supreme Court of Victoria matters

p)                   Information publishing house – valuation of target in takeover transaction by SAI Ltd

q)                  Non arms-length corporate restructuring – valuations of dormant and active entities.

r)                   Expert determination – costs to be included in a transaction

s)                  Expert determination – have payments been made under a contract

t)                  CGT valuation review – professional practice restructure

Keywords: Business Valuations Services, Chartered Accountants, Commercial Disputes, Family Court, Forensic Accounting, No Obligation Discussion,

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