Luis Barahona has more than 16 years in business valuation, having performed more than 300 business valuations, which included privately-held and publicly traded companies, as well as family limited partnerships. Mr. Barahona has performed valuation work for corporate planning, tax and estate planning economic damages and sales of business interests in several industries, including healthcare, automotive, manufacturing, technology, telecommunications and restaurants. In addition, Mr. Barahona has performed fair value measurements (ASC 805) for several U.S. companies, which included valuation of various intangible assets.
Also, Mr. Barahona is well versed in Transfer Pricing engagement, having assisted companies in Latin America and in Europe in preparing Transfer Pricing Studies.
Before joining Abitos, PLLC, Mr. Barahona was the Senior Manager of Business Valuation of a prestigious CPA firm in South Florida. In that capacity, Mr. Barahona managed the totality of the business valuation engagement and participated in the teams in charge of preparing Quality of Earnings. In addition, he gained experience in Forensic Accounting engagements that involved representations in Stock Purchase Agreements.
Prevsiously, Mr. Barahona was the CFO of a successful international telecom company, in which his contribution and experience in business strategy and valuation were essential to reorganize the finance function, as well as solidify the corporate governance of the company. Those elements were key to complete the acquisition of its U.S. affiliate as well as achieve this company’s target in terms of sales, profits and value. He was part of the valuation and negotiation team of the acquisition of this company’s U.S. affiliate and was a key employee for the integration of the operations of both companies.
Prior to his CFO role, Mr. Barahona was the former valuation manager of a prestigious South Florida CPA firm. In this capacity, he performed a large number of business valuation for both U.S. and international firms in various industries. He also performed valuation of intangible assets for financial reporting as well as for acquisition and transfer purposes.
In his early years, Mr. Barahona was the Head of Equity Research for Investa Stock Brokerage, a prestigious Peruvian boutique investment bank in Peru. In this position, he performed business valuation for public companies in the Mining, Brewing and Energy sectors. He was also involved in primary and secondary offerings of equity and fixed income instruments in the Peruvian Stock Market.
Mr. Barahona is a graduate of the William E. Simon School of Business Administration, where he received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA), with specialization in Finance and Corporate Accounting. He also obtained his bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from the prestigious Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.
Mr. Barahona has been involved with the U.S. Red Cross in Connecticut and in Mexico.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
– Business Valuation for estate and gift tax purposes
– Valuation of intangible assets
– Valuation of international companies
– Transfer Pricing
– Valuation for Merger and Acquisitions
– Quality of Earnings
- Board Member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) – Miami Chapter
- Member of the National Association of Forensic Economics
- Member of the New England Business Council
- Member of the Financial Planning Association of Miami – Dade
- Member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting – Miami Chapter
- Currently pursuing the ASA designation, having completed the four required courses.