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The professional expert witnesses at Sage testify frequently in both State and Federal court throughout the United States regarding economic damages, business valuation, lost profits, asset tracing and other forensic accounting investigations.

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Derk Rasmussen

Mr. Rasmussen has been involved in consulting services since 1983. He has spent a considerable portion of his consulting career in the areas of business valuation, investigative accounting, damage analysis, projection and feasibility analysis and bankruptcy/liquidation consulting. 

Mr. Rasmussen has performed over two hundred business valuations on firms doing business in a wide variety of industries. He has also been involved with several large business projection/feasibility studies. These studies usually involve assessing the value and viability of new business ventures. Among the most noteworthy of these studies would be an engagement for Salt Lake County analyzing the viability of a new arena for the Utah Jazz. Additional studies would include analysis of new ski resort, golf course, transportation system, and resort hotel. Mr. Rasmussen has also been involved with the Utah Venture Capital conference and has assisted a wide variety of high-tech start-up companies with business plan presentations to venture capitalists. The presentations included projections of future revenue streams to allow venture capitalists to assess the potential return on investment, that could result by investing in the presenting company.

Mr. Rasmussen has also been involved in several international engagements. He has testified in a Portuguese criminal trial where there were allegations of stock fraud relating to two telecommunication companies. Mr. Rasmussen provided expert testimony to the Portuguese court on business valuation and forensic accounting issues. He also performed business valuation services on two companies that the Portuguese prosecutors claimed had little or no value.

Mr. Rasmussen has testified on many occasions on diverse matters including testimony before State Court, Federal Court, Bankruptcy Court and State, County and City Regulatory commissions and committees.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Utah
  • Master of Business Administration degree from Utah State University

Professional Certifications

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) by the American Society of Appraisers

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants (UACPA)
Types of Matters
Lost profits and unjust enrichment damages
Purchase price allocation
Forensic accounting reconstructions and tracing
Business forecasts and financial consulting
Insurance loss analysis
Wrongful termination
Wrongful death
Personal injury
Commercial free speech damages
Trade secret and non-competition damages
Valuation of private, closely held, and holding companies
Income determination for individuals
Rebuttal analyses
Shareholder disputes
Asset tracing
Fraud investigations
Business interruption and destruction analyses
Buy/sell consulting and valuation
Patent, trademark, and copyright infringement damages
Goodwill impairment testing and valuation
Economic loss analysis
Compensation studies
Due diligence
Business valuation
Intellectual property and intangible asset valuation and infringement damage analysis
Royalty, License, Rent, and Compliance Investigations
Estate and Gift Tax Valuation
Breach of Contract
Divorce Litigation
Civil Litigation
Commercial Litigation

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