François M. de Visscher

François M. de Visscher

Board Member

François M. de Visscher is President of de Visscher & Co. (www.devisscher.com) in Greenwich, CT. A native of Belgium, Mr. de Visscher has been an active advisor to business owning families for over twenty years, mostly in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

In 1990, he founded de Visscher & Co., one of the world’s leading independent financial consulting and investment banking firms for family and closely-held companies. Over the last 18 years, he and his team have advised over 300 family companies and family offices worldwide on issues of liquidity of shareholders or capital needs of their business. Prior to opening his own firm he was a partner at Smith Barney, where he founded and ran Wall Street’s first Family Business Group. In 1998, Mr. de Visscher founded “Family Capital Growth Partners”, a private equity fund focused on making equity investments in family-owned and closely held companies. In 2004, he co-founded the Business Growth Alliance (www.bgallc.net), an alliance of middle-market advisory firms and he continues to serve as a Member of BGA’s Affiliate Advisory Board.

Mr. de Visscher is a director and shareholder of his own family’s global enterprise, N.V. Bekaert S.A. Headquartered in Belgium, Bekaert was founded by his great-grandfather in 1880. Today, the Bekaert Group has sales of $3.0 Billion in over 80 countries manufacturing and marketing a wide variety of steel wire and related products.

Mr. de Visscher is a partner, investor, advisor or director of several private corporations including Olympia Chimneys, Epic Brands in the U.K., and Ambridge Corp. in Colombia.  He is a member of the Global Advisory Council to PlayPumps International and an advisor to J.H. Whitney Pan Asian Fund.

Mr. de Visscher is Honorary Consul of Belgium in the United States and Chairman of the Society of Friends of Belgium in New York.

Mr. de Visscher is the past president of the Family Firm Institute, current Chairman of the European Family Office Conference, and a contributor to many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NY Times and many others. He is a full-time contributing editor of Family Business Magazine. Mr. de Visscher is the recipient of the ‘Richard Beckhart Award” from the Family Firm Institute in Boston, recognizing his many valuable contributions to the Field of Family Businesses.

Mr. de Visscher is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPA’s. Mr. de Visscher holds a Bachelor of Economics honors degree from Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and MBA from Rutgers University (USA).

 

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