Homegrown: Our History

We’ve been providing financial solutions since 1991, and we’re just getting started.

  • 1991

    J. Michael Bontrager forms Chatham Financial from his home in Chatham, PA offering interest rate hedging advisory services to real estate clients.

  • 1997

    The firm expands into foreign currency hedging advisory for clients investing overseas.

  • 1999

    Chatham establishes a new headquarters in Kennett Square, PA with a dozen employees.

  • 2000

    The firm begins developing in-house technology establishing a new core competency.

  • 2001

    Geographic expansion to Europe begins with an office in London. FAS 133 hedge accounting standards go into effect in the U.S. and Chatham begins serving clients with its new hedge accounting practice.

  • 2002

    Chatham expands to new industry sectors with new lines of business serving financial institutions, private equity, and corporate clients.

  • 2006

    Chatham builds its new global headquarters in Kennett Square. Workforce hits 180 employees.

  • 2007

    Firm hits $1 trillion in notional and rolls out its first client-facing technology solution in debt management. Credit valuation adjustment models (CVAs) are developed in house for incorporation into clients’ valuations

  • 2010

    Dodd-Frank legislation passed. Chatham collaborates with the Coalition of Derivative End-Users authoring comment letters and testifying before Congress on behalf of derivatives end-users.

  • 2013

    Firm reaches $3 trillion in notional, crossing the next hedging milestone. The global team brings financial risk management advisory services and technology solutions to more than 1,200 clients annually worldwide.

  • 2015

    Michael Bontrager, CEO of Chatham Financial, was honored by Ernst & Young (EY) as a recipient of its Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award in the Greater Philadelphia region. Mr. Bontrager won the award for the Services category, which features companies that provide a wide variety of value added services to their clients.

  • 2016

    Celebrating 25 years as a leader in the debt and derivatives markets, growing from a single person serving clients to serving our 1,800+ clients globally with a unique combination of advisory and technology.