Christopher Helmrath

Managing Director

At the beginning and end of each day, Chris likes to ask himself, “Are we doing the right thing?”

Since joining the firm in 2005, he has viewed his role with the natural feeling of wanting to serve first and then making a conscious choice to aspire to lead. While he prides himself on the team he built at SC&H Capital – the investment banking and advisory practice of SC&H – it’s a rare occasion when you’ll get Chris to take ownership of the growth and success of the practice. It’s all about the team — all day, every day, he will tell you.

As the Founder and Managing Director of SC&H Capital, Chris preaches that everything the practice does needs to be about what is in the client’s best interest. The root of everything is in the strategy to exceed every clients’ expectations. But it’s not only the client who Chris and the SC&H Capital team has top of mind — they will never let a referral partner down.

In addition to his 30+ years of investment banking experience, Chris has served as a corporate strategy professor in two graduate schools: Loyola University Sellinger School of Business and Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, where he also served as the Director of the M.B.A. Capstone Program for over ten years.

With experience spanning various industries — including healthcare,  federal government contracting, information technology, manufacturing, distribution, and business services — Chris’ transactional and advisory service engagements have reached over $8 billion, in aggregate.

He has a track record of helping owners, boards of directors, and management teams increase shareholder value. He has advised organizations on the best methods for achieving goals, provided real-world tools for measuring and evaluating progress, and led sell-side, buy-side, and capital raising transactions.

Chris was named a “Top Advisor” by SmartCEO Magazine and received the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award for his work as a professor at the university’s business school. He is a regular contributor to the Baltimore Business Journal, Washington Business Journal, the Daily Record, and several national publications, including “The Deal.”

As an avid speaker to national and regional industry groups on corporate finance, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and business valuation, he was accepted into the Vistage speaker network in 2019.

When he’s not in the office or off-site with clients, Chris loves to spend time with his wife, their three children, his 3 grandchildren and their extended families. He’s an avid golfer and loves to travel, discover new wines, and cheer on Auburn and Georgia Tech, except when they battle each other.

To say he’s active in the community would be an understatement. Chris is heavily involved in organizations promoting health, education, and community support serving as the Chairman of the Board of the Johns Hopkins University Heart and Vascular Institute, and serves as a board member of CARE Pharmacies Cooperative Inc., KeraLink International and Pantheon Vision.  He has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wheeling Jesuit University and the Chairman of the Board of the American Heart Association (AHA) in Maryland.


Areas of Expertise

Capital Investment Banking

"Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work."

Pritpal Kalsi


“To do what ought to be done but would not have been done unless I did it, I thought to be my duty.”

Christopher Helmrath

Managing Director

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