Highland Capital Management is an investment advisory company,founded by Mark Okada and James Dondero, whose headquarters are located in Dallas, Texas. James Dondero has over 30 years of experience in the financial sector, specializing in high yield and distressed investments. In addition to this, he also has several awards for product offerings. James Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia with majors in finance and accounting. The company’s other founder, Mark Okada, has been institutional to the company’s overall success. He is even regularly featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box. The company has 20 years of experience in retail and institutional investments and currently employs over 180 experienced individuals. The business currently maintains roughly $14.9 billion in total assets. Highland Capital Management also has other locations within the United States as well as internationally including, New York, Singapore, Seoul, South Korea and Sao Paulo, Brazil. They work with hedge funds, distressed and special situations private equity, long-only funds, separate accounts and collateralized obligations. In addition to this, they also offer their expertise in a wide range of other services including, investments in emerging markets, natural resources and long/short markets.
The journey to founding Highland Capital Management first began in 1990 with its co-founders James Dondero and Mark Okada began to collaborate on forming a joint endeavor with a company called Protective Life Insurance Corporation. Within a few short years, the venture evolved into Protective Asset Management Company. Then, later on in 1998, the company became what it is today, Highland Capital Management. Today, the company is constantly evolving and creating new, exciting business endeavors. For example, High Capital Management recently launched a $147 million healthcare fund in conjunction with South Korea’s National Pension Service. The company believes in sharing its success with the communities in which they work as well as organizations all around the world. To date, the company has donated more than $10 million to various charitable organizations internationally. Not only has the company given back through financial contributions, they also believe that it is their responsibility to make contributions in other ways such as though board involvement and volunteering.