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François M. de Visscher has been advising business-owning families around the world for over 25 years. 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. Prior to that 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” and in 2006 co-founded the BGA in an effort to create greater collaboration among advisors to family businesses. Mr. de Visscher is a director and shareholder of his own family’s global enterprise, N.V. Bekaert SA, headquartered in Belgium. Bekaert was founded by his great-grandfather in 1880 and today has sales of $6 billion in over 100 countries manufacturing and marketing a wide variety of steel wire and related products, and is controlled by the Bekaert Family across three generations.