Highland Capital Management is an investment advisory firm founded in 1993 in Dallas, Texas with a presence in New York, Seoul, Sao Paulo and Singapore. Fully licensed by the SEC, the company is one of the biggest alternative credit managers. It provides credit hedge funds, distressed and special situation funds, and collateralized loan obligations. Their diverse portfolio includes emerging markets, natural resources, and long/short equities with Equity First.Highland Capital Management traces its roots back to 1990 when founders James Dondero and Mark Okada created Protective Asset Management Company, PAMCO in partnership with Protective Life Insurance Corporation. At the time their specialty was fixed income markets. In 1997, the two founders bought out their partner, Protective Life Insurance Corporation and in 1998, changed the name of the company to Highland Capital Management. After that, the two founders embarked on creating a string of new innovative products in alternative investment and by 2004 engaged in mutual funds. The rapid expansion saw them open an office in Singapore in 2008 and Seoul in 2011.
Highland Capital leveraged their experience and expertise in the financial advisory services to create revolutionary products such as the collateralize loan obligation, CLO. It is still the biggest CLO manager worldwide with over $32 billion in this segment. Their innovative approach and value-packed strategies have accelerated their rise to be recognized, global players. Part of this strategy involves putting their own investments into the same plans that they advise their client to consider, thriving on the trust thus created. Additionally, the leadership has remained the same throughout which strengthens their position and experience in the industry.
Their success is built around three principals; experience, discipline, and strength. They have been in the industry for quite some time and have seen fluctuations in market economies and successfully survived them. They have learned to mitigate risk and maximize on their core strengths. They develop solutions for themselves first and then market them to others, building transparency and long-term trust.Highland Capital has mastered the art of evaluating assets, comprehensive research and identifying risk targets. It consists of a well-oiled team of experienced executive and portfolio management professionals, and research and analysis experts. With this kind of human capital, Highland Capital is expected to lead the way in alternative investments for years to come.