Mark Okada and James Dondero began Highland Capital Management in the year 1993 with the goal of helping their esteemed clients manage their assets effectively. At the time of the founding, Highland Capital Management only had two people. But due to the private owner’s hard work, they made sure that the satisfied clients were either coming back or referring. Read more at Wikipedia about James Dondero.
And the latter explains why the number of employees rose to well over 100. Despite having its headquarters in Dallas Texas, prospective clients can always access Highland Capital Management branches in some major cities around the world. Some of these offices are situated in Sao Paolo, New York City, Singapore, Seoul, and Buenos Aires.
With an estimated$14 billion worth of assets under its aegis, the private company sure has a bright future ahead. Apart from managing assets on behalf of their esteemed clients, Highland Capital Management has also been responsible for acquiring strategic assets and adding them to their portfolio.
One of their smart acquisitions was Nexbank which took place in 2014. This was later followed by the acquisition of ING Capital Management a year later. And what made the acquisition of ING Capital Management special was the fact that it opened up the European market for the firm.
Besides acquisitions, the privately owned firm also has interests in a plethora of financial dealings. These may include mutual funding, hedge funding, structured investment vehicles, leveraged loans (and other fixed income markets), high-yield bonds, and structured products just to mention a few.
Highland Capital is also responsible for some building and maintaining public places such as libraries, parks as well as playgrounds. This explains the $10 million allocated on their budget under the public fund category which shows just how the firm values the public who entrust them with managing billions worth of assets. Learn more about James Dondero at High Yield Credit.