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MAFF

Master Analyst in Financial Forensics™ (MAFF™) Certification
Co-Sponsored by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and the Financial Forensics Institute™

Due to increased regulation and regulatory enforcement, as well as a record number of bankruptcies and corporate restructurings, the demand for financial forensics services is set to soar. To help CPAs and other financial service professionals obtain the necessary training, certification, and credibility so they can grow and thrive in the financial forensics area, the CTI, through its partner NACVA, offers specialized certification and training programs and the Master Analyst in Financial Forensics™ (MAFF™) credential.

NACVA’s MAFF training offers practitioners seven different specialized pathways to acquire the MAFF. These areas— Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Restructuring; Commercial Damages and Lost Profits; Business and Intellectual Property Damages; Business Valuation in Litigation; Forensic Accounting; Fraud Risk Management; and Matrimonial Litigation—have common underpinnings, yet with their own unique set of dynamics. These programs are developed and presented by a team of nationally recognized financial forensics experts who are leaders in their respective fields, and unlike most financial forensics training that tends to be general in scope, our programs are a deep dive into the methodologies, approaches, trends, financial investigative techniques, communication skills, practice management, and practice building strategies that are being employed by successful and emerging financial forensic analysts. The MAFF credential/ designation makes a statement that when it comes to financial forensics, credential holders are the “Masters” of this field.

Seven Specialty Tracks to Obtain the MAFF Credential

  1. Commercial Damages and Lost Profits
    This specialty program requires attending the three-day Litigation Bootcamp for Financial Experts and a six-part Commercial Damages and Lost Profits Webinar Series for specialty training. This specialty track of the MAFF curriculum focuses on the foundations and fundamentals of business damages measurement, including alternative approaches and methodologies, notable code sections and case law, foundational evidence and research sources, and reporting guidelines and strategies embraced by the most effective business damages experts.
     

  2. Matrimonial Litigation
    This specialty program requires attending the three-day Litigation Bootcamp for Financial Experts and a six-part Matrimonial Litigation Webinar Series for specialty training. Fundamentals cover the entire process of matrimonial litigation support, including determining support, valuing assets, and distribution of assets. Covered within this arena are valuation of marital assets, including closely held business and stock options, taxes for divorce and distribution, asset distribution, and practice management issues.
     

  3. Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Restructuring
    This specialty program requires attending the three-day Litigation Bootcamp for Financial Experts and a six-part Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Restructuring Webinar Series for specialty training. This specialty track focuses on work that practitioners may be called upon to perform when working in bankruptcy, reorganization, and insolvency. It is structured to provide a solid introduction to the laws, regulations, and administrative aspects of corporate bankruptcy and culminates with forensic financial analysis and the litigation environment relating to corporate bankruptcy, reorganization, and insolvency.
     

  4. Business Valuation in Litigation
    This specialty program requires attending the three-day Litigation Bootcamp for Financial Experts and a six-part Business Valuation in Litigation Webinar Series for specialty training. This specialty track focuses on the dynamics of business valuation conclusions and calculations in the context of litigation, controlling professional standards, notable case law, differing approaches to reporting in litigation, traditional and situation-specific standards of value, and other key issues impacting BV in litigation.
     

  5. Business and Intellectual Property Damages
    This specialty program requires attending the three-day Litigation Bootcamp for Financial Experts and a six-part Business and Intellectual Property Damages Webinar Series for specialty training. This track focuses on the legal foundations, methodology, best practices, and current trends in business damages and infringement of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property.
     

  6. Forensic Accounting
    This specialty program requires attending the four-day Forensic Accounting Academy™. Designed for both financial and non-financial professionals who require sophisticated investigative and analytical skills to stay abreast of increasing civil and criminal wrongdoer duplicity, the Academy defines the financial forensics/ forensic accounting profession. The content focuses on immediately useable and practical skills—not theory. Attendees will immediately deploy their skills upon return to their responsibilities.
     

  7. Fraud Risk Management
    This specialty program is available only in self-study format. In addition to the self-study materials, this specialty program requires attending the three-day Litigation Bootcamp for Financial Experts and the Legal Theory and Case Law Webinar. The Fraud Risk Management track of the MAFF offers a comprehensive understanding of fraud risk management, from identification of an organization’s fraud risk to provision of practical tools to address them. The solutions offered are applicable to entities of any size and structure, from small, privately owned companies to multi-national, publicly held organizations as well as not-for-profit and governmental/regulatory enterprises.

Prerequisite Requirements
All seven tracks with specializations have prerequisite requirements based on experience and training experience, and applicants must pass the MAFF proctored exam. For more information, visit here or contact Member Services at (800) 677-2009. More information on the MAFF credential is located in The Association brochure. For additional details on these seven different areas of specialty, any of which can lead to earning the MAFF designation, please refer to the pages that follow or call Member Services: (800) 677-2009.




MAFF Prerequisite Criteria

Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF) Designation Application

 

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