François Laurence, CPA, CA, CBV

Manager – Valuation and Business Succession

FrancoisLaurence_3quart_2François Laurence joined FBBL in 2014 equipped with extensive expertise in advisory services, specifically in valuation, acquisition and sale of companies, financial projection analysis, as well as financial due diligence and financing.

As a field man having training both in finance and accounting, he is quick to identify the needs of entrepreneurs. In recent years, he served as senior advisor and senior analyst for two international firms, and was assigned a wide range of mandates in a variety of sectors and industries: food processing, technologies, manufacturing operations, tourism, industrial equipment and service businesses. He also had a hand in acquisitions and takeovers of SMEs as well as large companies in Québec, Ontario and the Maritimes.

An active player within the young business community of Montréal, François is also very involved in the cultural and community scenes.

Experience

  • Senior Advisor (Transaction Support) for a major international firm
  • Senior Analyst (Financial Advisory Services) for a major international firm
  • Auditor and accounting technician for a national firm
  • Young intern officer for Desjardins in the Laurentides region

Education

  • Master of Management Science, Public Accounting option – HEC Montréal (underway)
  • Diploma in Business and Securities Valuation  – Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators and York University (2014)
  • Specialized Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting – HEC Montréal (2008)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Market Finance specialization, HEC Montréal (2006)

Professional Titles and Involvement

  • Chartered Business Valuator – Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (since 2014)
  • Active member of the philanthropic group Les Jeunes Premiers du Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (since 2014)
  • Volunteer for Fondation Néz pour vivre (since 2014)
  • Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the RJCCQ (Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec) (since 2013)
  • Member of the Club des jeunes ambassadeurs de l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (since 2013)
  • Vice-President Treasurer at Groupe connexions Montréal (since 2012)
  • Member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (since 2009)
  • Director of Cocktails entrepreneurs for the Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal (2012-2013)

Expertise

  • Business Valuation
  • Acquisition and sale of businesses
  • Financial projection analysis
  • Financial due diligence
  • Financing