Christopher Helmrath


“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

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 and while he prides himself on the team he has built at SC&H Capital – the investment banking and advisory practice of SC&H – it’s a rare occasion when you’ll be able to get Chris to take ownership for the growth and success of the practice. It’s all about the team — all day, every day, he will tell you.

As the founder of SC&H Capital, Chris preaches that everything the practice does needs to be about what is in the best of the client, and that 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 of business; the Loyola University Sellinger School of Business and the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, where he served as the Director of the M.B.A. Capstone Program for over 10 years.

The only thing more memorable than Chris’ penchant for turning everything into a teaching moment, are his socks. His collection is diverse and loud — he owns more than 100 pairs and rarely wears the same pair twice in one year – it’s what helps him to get his foot in the door, so to speak.

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 he 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 and the Washington Business Journal, as well as several national publications, including “The Deal”. He is also a speaker to national and regional industry groups on issues affecting corporate finance, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and business valuation.

When he’s not in the office or off-site with clients, Chris loves to spend time with his wife, their three children and their extended families. He’s an avid golfer and loves to travel and 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 on the board of the American Heart Association (AHA), the Johns Hopkins University Heart and Vascular Institute, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wheeling Jesuit University and on several committees supporting the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Chris is a General Securities Principal and Representative (Series 7, 79, 63 and 24).

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