A Look at Highland Capital Management and its Position in the Market

Highland Capital Management, L.P is an investment advisor firm with its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Since its official unveiling in1997, the firm has managed to consolidate its market presence and has also managed to venture into other regions and markets.

James Dondero heads the company as the co-founder, President, CMA, and CFA. Mark Okada serves as the co-founder, Chief Investment Officer and CFA of the company.

The Highland’s story began in 1990 when Dondero and Okada formed a joint venture with Protective Life Insurance Corporation. In 1993, the venture, then became PAMCO (Protective Asset Management Company). In 1997, the two executives bought the Protective Life Insurance Corporation’s shares on PAMCO and formed Ranger Asset Management, L.P which in 1998 changed its name to Highland Capital Management.

As an investment advisor firm with over 20 years of experience and operations, the firm has managed to help its clients gain value by offering unique products which have a profit potential as well as protecting their clients’ capital.

Over the years, the company has managed to go global and tap into the markets of other regions like Singapore, São Paulo, Seoul, and London. Together with its affiliates, Highland Capital Management is managing $14 billion of its clients’ assets. Highland Capital Management has over 180 highly skilled employees stationed around the world.

The company offers the following services to its clients: collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), Credit hedge funds, distressed equities, specialized private equity as well as credit strategies. Investments such as natural resources and emerging markets form the basis of alternative investments that the firm offers.

Highland has a wide range of diversified clients that includes; endowments, public pension plans, financial institutions, individuals with high net worth, and governments.

Other than investing in the markets, Highland Capital Management also invests in the society and communities where their employees live and work. They tend to make a difference in the society through volunteerism and donation to local communities. Since 2005, the company has managed to make a financial donation of more than $10 million to nonprofit organizations globally.