Michael Bender, ASA

Transcend Valuation

Michael Bender has approximately 20 years of valuation experience, including valuations of businesses and business segments, complex financial instruments, contingent consideration, and intangible assets. Michael participates in a wide variety of valuation engagements for financial reporting, tax planning and compliance, and strategic planning. Michael serves large private and public companies, middle-market firms, and early-stage, venture-backed companies. 

Michael has extensive experience serving companies based in a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, computer hardware and software, entertainment, financial services, foodservice, healthcare, home building, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, telecommunications, and wholesale distribution.

Representative engagements include:

  • Purchase price allocations pursuant to FASB ASC Topic 805: Business Combinations 
  • Goodwill and indefinite-lived assets impairment analyses pursuant to FASB ASC Topic 350: Intangibles-Goodwill and Other
  • Long-lived assets and finite-lived intangible assets impairment analyses pursuant to FASB ASC Topic 360: Property, Plant, and Equipment
  • Common stock valuations for tax and financial reporting pursuant to section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code and FASB ASC Topic 718: Compensation-Stock Compensation
  • Valuations for tax planning and compliance, including appraisals performed for gift and estate tax reporting
  • Valuations of various structures for private placement life insurance policies


  • Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA), American Society of Appraisers

Prior Experience

  • Director, Brown Smith Wallace, Financial Advisory Services
  • Manager, Grant Thornton, Forensic & Valuation Services
  • Senior Consultant, CBIZ Valuation Group


  • BS, Economics, University of Washington, Seattle