Christopher Smith


Christopher D. Smith is the Co-Founder and President of The Firmament Group and leads Firmament’s investment efforts. Since 1999, Mr. Smith has focused exclusively on direct lending and flexible credit solutions in the lower-middle market, and has participated in the growth and maturation of the asset class.


From 1999 to 2012, Mr. Smith was an investment professional at GarMark Partners, one of the longest tenured managers of private junior capital in North America. As a principal and member of the investment committee at GarMark, Mr. Smith participated in an investment strategy focused on generating both current income and capital appreciation. Prior to joining GarMark in 1999, Mr. Smith worked at PaineWebber Inc. in the Investment Banking Division. Mr. Smith focused on the transportation and defense industries in the industrial group, and began his career in the equity capital markets group focusing on initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings.


Mr. Smith received his B.S. from Georgetown University, where he completed a double major in finance and international business, and played varsity football. Mr. Smith also studied comparative business policy and international finance at Oxford University’s Trinity College. Mr. Smith has served on creditor committees and numerous boards of directors, including Satellite Tracking of People, Smart Tuition, Tire Group International, Denali Water Solutions, and Wastewater Specialties.

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