Founded by Mark Okada and James Dondero, Highland CapitaL Management has managed to carve a niche for itself as the go-to place for people who need advice on investments. The company that boasts twenty-four years experience in the sector is now the largest and most experienced as far as global alternative credit managers are concerned. Highland Capital Management offers its clients services such as separate accounts, collateralized loan obligations, credit hedge funds, long-only funds, as well as special situation private equity. Some customers also come for services such as natural resources, emerging markets, and long-short equities. The total assets of the firm amount to 18.7 billion USD, and so far, it has employed 180 employees who run its operations all over the world.
The headquarters of Highland Capital Management are found in Dallas Texas and several branches spread in cities such as New York, Seoul, Singapore and Sao Paolo. Some of the clients of the company include high-net-worth people, corporations, financial institutions, foundations, public pension plans,endowments, financial institutions, fund of funds, and the government. The firm also has interests in the healthcare sector where it offers its expertise in fixed income, equity as well as loan assets under their management amounting to $2 billion. Their interest in the industry also extends to management of long books and short books as well as multiple market cycles. A total of nine specialists and analysts have been tasked with healthcare management for this sector that entails 400 stocks in life science, pharmaceutical biotechnology, medical technology, and healthcare services. The primary focus of the company is having independent thinking within a shared environment that not only encourages investment but deep research as well.
It is not always about the bottom-line for the Highland Capital Management because the company also engages in community social responsibility to help others. In this regard, it has invested in the surrounding environment of its employees. There are also financial donations, volunteerism, and advisory board involvement that go towards the upgrading of the community. Apart from the local community, national nonprofit organizations also benefit from the financial contributions of the company, and it has donated about $10 million to different organizations globally.