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François M. de Visscher

François M. de Visscher is President of de Visscher & Co. in Greenwich, CT, one of the world’s leading independent financial consulting and investment banking firms for family and closely-held companies. 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.  Mr. de Visscher founded “Family Capital Growth Partners,” a private equity fund focused on making equity investments in family-owned and closely held companies and co-founded the Business Growth Alliance, an alliance of middle-market advisory firms.  He is a director and shareholder of his own family’s global enterprise, N.V. Bekaert S.A. Headquartered in Belgium.  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.

Craig E. Aronoff is Co-founder, Principal, and Chairman of the Board, of The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. He is a leading consultant, speaker, writer, and educator in the family business field.  Aronoff is perhaps the most prolific writer in the family business field.  As the founder of the Cox Family Enterprise Center and current Professor Emeritus at Kennesaw State University in Marietta, GA, Aronoff invented and implemented the membership-based, professional-service-provider sponsored Family Business Forum, which has served as a model of family business education universities world-wide. He has held the Dinos Eminent Scholar Distinguished Chair of Private Enterprise and was a professor of management in Kennesaw State's Coles College of Business.  The Aronoff Professorship of Family Business at Kennesaw State University was named in his honor.

John L. Ward is Co-founder of the Family Business Consulting Group Inc. He is Clinical Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and teaches strategic management, business leadership and family enterprise continuity. Ward is the author or co-author of several leading texts on family business, Keeping the Family Business Healthy, Creating Effective Boards for Private Enterprises, Strategic Planning for the Family Business, Perpetuating the Family Business, Unconventional Wisdom and Family Business Key Issues. He is also an author of a collection known as The Family Business Leadership Series, each focusing on specific issues family businesses face.


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Financing Transitions
Managing Capital and Liquidity in the Family Business

Palgrave Macmillan
The essence of balancing the conflict of liquidity and capital demands within the family business
François M. de Visscher

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