Myrtle Beach, SC (PRWEB) October 22, 2009
Highland Global Business Valuations, a premiere international business valuation firm, is pleased to announce that its founder Robert M Clinger III has successfully completed the certification process with The International Research Association to earn his designation of Licensed International Financial Analyst (LIFA).
In the announcement, Highland Global spokesman, Sebastian G. Peréy commented, "The Licensed International Financial Analyst charter signifies the highest level of professionalism and ethical standards in the global investment industry. In earning the LIFA charter, Mr. Clinger has met the IRA's rigorous standards of professionalism, expertise, and integrity in the field of global financial and investment analysis. In addition, we are pleased to announce the Mr. Clinger is only the second LIFA charter recipient in the State of South Carolina. In earning the LIFA designation, Mr. Clinger has completed the triumvirate of coveted valuation and financial analysis designations, having also successfully earned the Certified Business Appraiser designation from the Institute of Business Appraisers and the Accredited Valuation Analyst designation from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Few valuation and international financial analysts offer the depth of knowledge, experience and understanding of valuation and financial theory, investment principles, and current capital markets in an increasingly global marketplace as those who have earned this trio of designations."
To be awarded the LIFA charter, the candidate is required to successfully complete educational requirements and testing that displays a mastery of its rigorous curriculum. This body of knowledge reflects the most current and important topics and standards for the investment professional in today's global marketplace. It is primarily concerned with the areas of ethics, economics, international markets, quantitative analysis, financial statement analysis, fixed-income investments, equity investments, derivative instruments, alternative investments, and portfolio management. The LIFA program is consistent with the culmination of a rigorous MBA level curriculum.
About Highland Global Business Valuations--Highland Global, LLC is a leading strategic advisory, financial analysis, and business valuation firm for domestic and international privately held and family owned businesses. Some of Highland Global's services include assisting clients with mergers and acquisitions, sales and divestitures, recapitalizations, management buyouts, and privatizations. Business valuations are most commonly required in conjunction with the purchase or sale of a business, succession planning, buy/sell agreements, charitable contributions, estate and gift taxes, and initial public offerings. Valuations may also be necessary in legal situations such as business disruption, dissenting shareholder actions, divorce, and partner disputes.
About Mr. Clinger--Robert M. Clinger III, founder of Highland Global, LLC, has strong experience in the fields of business valuation and financial analysis. Mr. Clinger has written numerous articles regarding economics, business valuation, and merger & acquisition issues. Mr. Clinger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Finance, summa cum laude, from Coastal Carolina University and received the distinguished President's award. Mr. Clinger has also earned the Accredited Valuation Analyst (AVA) designation from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) and the Certified Business Appraiser (CBA) designation from the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA).
Mr. Clinger is also the author of two books, The Seven Deadly Sins of Business Valuation and The Seven Deadly Sins of Business Valuation: Closely Held & Family Controlled Companies. His two part article, "Direct Market Data Method: Value Disparity Issues," has been published in the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts' journal, The Value Examiner.
About The International Research Association--The International Research Association was formed with the express purpose of creating a standardized designation for investment professionals worldwide that is equitable, challenging, and accurately reflects the knowledge necessary to be considered an expert in the industry. Upon determination of a need for such a designation grew the Licensed International Financial Analyst (LIFA) Program, and the series of examinations that serve as the backbone of obtaining the charter. The mission of the International Research Association is to provide investment professionals a standard of recognition that fairly and accurately reflects the complex knowledge required to compete in today's global marketplace.