Christopher D. SmithFounding Partner at Firmament
Christopher D. Smith is the Founding Partner of Firmament, a private investment firm that provides structured equity capital solutions to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Mr. Smith leads Firmament’s investment efforts, having focused exclusively on flexible equity and debt capital solutions in the lower-middle market for over 20 years. From 1999 to 2012, Mr. Smith was a principal and member of the investment committee at GarMark Partners, one of the longest tenured managers of private junior capital in North America. Prior to joining GarMark in 1999, Mr. Smith worked at PaineWebber Inc. in the Investment Banking Division. Mr. Smith has served on multiple creditor committees and numerous boards of directors.
Mr. Smith received his B.S. from Georgetown University, where he completed a double major in finance and international business and served on the Executive Council of the Georgetown School of Business. Mr. Smith also studied comparative business policy and international finance at Oxford University’s Trinity College. Mr. Smith was a four-year member of the Georgetown University football team and received multiple awards for his contributions as a tight end.
Firmament concentrates on software and services businesses with significant scaling potential in the healthcare, logistics, wellness and environmental sectors. With offices across the United States and in the United Kingdom, Firmament is focused on turning small business into big business.