Matthew Barnes

  • JD
  • MBA
  • CPA
  • ABV
  • CFF


Kraft Analytics, LLC

555 Great Circle Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37228

Matt Barnes is a manager with Kraft Analytics, an affiliate of KraftCPAs.

Matt specializes in fraud and forensic analysis, transaction advisory and consulting, litigation services, and business valuations. He works with clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services, manufacturing, professional services, entertainment, transportation, software, life sciences, retail, construction, distribution, and real estate.

Matt has extensive forensic experience, which ranges from internal investigations of accounting and financial reporting irregularities to intensive investigations of alleged fraud and other misconduct subject to litigation in both the civil and criminal arenas. Additional experience includes work involving Ponzi schemes, financial statement manipulation, check kiting, asset misappropriation, infringement claims, fraudulent disbursements, and wire fraud.

Matt’s background in valuation services includes business valuations, equity interests, debt instruments, intellectual property (including patents, trademarks, and copyrights), and other intangible assets such as non-compete agreements, management agreements, and customer contracts. He has also worked with modeling complex equity structures, waterfall analysis, and Monte Carlo simulations.

Matt’s transaction advisory experience includes valuations, fairness opinions, purchase price allocations, due diligence (buyer and seller side), and transaction structuring related to acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, divestitures, equity investments, lending transactions, and generational transfers. Other advisory experience includes management consulting during the due diligence and transitional phases of acquisitions, performing industry and competitive analysis, identifying business strategies, completing compensation studies, and developing capital project analysis including PPP loan analysis.

Before joining Kraft Analytics, Matt was an attorney and worked extensively in mergers and acquisitions, tax, and contract law in Middle Tennessee.


  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, Forensic and Valuation Services Conference Planning Committee
  • Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, Board of Directors

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