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Michael Bredahl

Man Dir - Transfer Pricing & Valuation Services

WTP Advisors
Minnesota, USA

Business and Tax Advisory Services

Professional Summary

Michael develops and provides solutions to clients and stakeholders focused on delivering measurable value. His approach emphasizes compliance, risk mitigation, increasing cash tax benefit, minimizing effective tax rate and leveraging existing competencies and processes. He is a Managing Director in WTP Advisors transfer pricing and valuation practice. He has more than 25 years of international industry and professional services experience concerning transfer pricing, valuation, structuring, process design and tax controversy management.

Michael has deep expertise in valuation and transfer pricing concerning intangible assets. His experience includes the creation, design, and implementation of global structures and processes for intangibles creation, use, ownership and transfer pricing. He has also led and operated these structures including due diligence and integration of intangibles acquired in M&A and JVs, financial and functional analyses, operational and compliance documentation, APAs, and audit defenses in numerous jurisdictions.

Prior to WTP, Michael developed and led Cargill’s global intangibles ownership and transfer pricing structure. Earlier, he held leadership roles in the finance consulting practices of Deloitte and PwC providing M&A, JV, licensing, partnering, transfer pricing, and valuation consulting. He was a national resource and leader of intellectual property valuation and holding company services to multinationals across a variety of industries.

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WTP Advisors
Minnesota, USA
Man Dir - Transfer Pricing & Valuation Services
Business and Tax Advisory Services
2018 - Present
WTP is a leading independent business and tax advisory services firm.

We specialize in strategic growth and transaction advisory, international tax, transfer pricing, valuation and tax process innovation solutions. Our skilled professionals, analytical capabilities, partnering approach to client service, technology tools and responsive service delivery model help us to deliver unique value to our clients and community. We operate throughout North America and cover over 50 countries through strategic alliance with our global network.

I serve as a Managing Director of the firm's transfer pricing and valuation practice. Our team delivers insights, solutions and value to our clients and stakeholders through:

- Growth advisory and business development from strategy formulation through transaction close and integration in M&A,
JV, strategic alliance and other transactions
- Valuation for transactions, tax and financial reporting
- Global transfer pricing structures, processes, documentation, advance pricing agreements and dispute management
- Expertise in intangible asset driven transactions, valuation and transfer pricing
Cargill Incorporated
Minnesota, USA
Leader - Intangibles Ownership & Transfer Pricing
2011 - 2018
Cargill is a global food and financial services company of 160,000 employees operating in over 70 countries with sales of $114 billion.

Leader of global team to develop, structure and implement operation of worldwide intangibles ownership and transfer pricing compliance function. Upon its implementation, led the operations of this corporate function comprising:
- Management of internal service, license and cost sharing agreements
- Electronic agreement management system design and operation
- Identification and data capture of internal comparable intangibles
transactions with third parties
- Creation and maintenance of transfer pricing documentation, CUT analyses,
royalty rate determinations and evaluations, and DEMPE, functional and value
chain analyses
- Intangibles due diligence and transfer pricing risk assessment in mergers,
acquisitions, divestitures, JVs, joint developments and strategic alliances
- Integration of mergers, acquisitions, JVs intangibles into ownership
structure including valuation, novel migration strategies, execution and
- Valuation for intangibles transactions, enterprise acquisition purchase
price allocations and annual impairment analyses
- Identification and capture of tax incentives (e.g., R&D credits)
- Tax examinations and disputes resolution in all jurisdictions

Acquired experience and developed deep expertise in non-OECD jurisdictions such as Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Illinois, USA
Founder and Principal
2003 - 2011
Growth strategy, business development, valuation and transfer pricing consultancy, focused upon creating greater value from intangible or business assets and securing technology rights critical to growth and market-leading positions through mergers, acquisitions, alliances, licenses and divestitures.
Illinois, USA
Senior Manager
2001 - 2003
Finance Consulting Services
Illinois, USA
1993 - 2000
1995-2000 Manager, Finance Consulting Services
1993-1995 Senior Associate, Audit


MBA, Finance Concentration 1992
Northern Illinois University
Chicago, Illinois, United States
BS, Accountancy 1985
DePaul University
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Professional Certifications

Certified Public Accountant(CPA)

Associations and Societies

  • Minnesota Association of Business Valuation Professionals
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

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