Over 60 Years

of Direct Investment Experience

Why We Are Different

While many family offices are attracted to direct investments, most of them do not have the resources needed to adequately plan, originate, grow, monitor or transition their direct investment portfolios. Our skilled professional team members, who are supported by our proprietary tools and methodologies, assist clients in realizing the full potential of their direct investment objectives or activities by providing non-conflicted and trustworthy support in one or more of the four competencies that are critical to successful direct investment initiatives.

Our Four Core Services

FODIS was formed through the merger of the direct investment services divisions of Headwaters SC, LP (HWSC) (established in 1982) and de Visscher & Co (established in 1990). For more information click here.

"I have worked closely with James Bly and the HWSC direct investment team for over twelve years, as our firms were founding members of Business Growth Alliance (BGA) in 2005. We are excited about the formation of FODIS and the formal alignment of our direct investment practices. Therefore, this combination is a natural progression for both firms. With the rising interest from family offices for direct investments, we have uniquely positioned FODIS to provide enterprising families with a distinctly comprehensive range of services for their direct investment needs and activities, and for the capital raising needs or private family businesses."

Francois de Visscher, October 2018
Co-Founder, Principal, Chairman & Executive Committee Member

"After selling HWSC's Family Enterprise Business Services (FEBS) division and practice to Ernst & Young, LLP (EY) in 2017, HWSC retained its direct investment services division and a number of senior professional team members serving clients with direct investment needs. This merger was in the best interests of our clients, professional staff members, our families, and the private family capital community in general."

James C. Bly, Jr., October 2018
Co-Founder, Principal & Chairman Emeritus