Investment Firm

Inside Highland Capital Management

by WilliamV .


Highland Capital Management is an independent investment firm globally regarded as an investment advisor mainly dealing with credit management. Established in 1993 by both Mark Okada and James Dondero, Highland Capital Management specializes in credit and alternative investment strategies. These techniques include distressed credit, high yield bonds, both public and private equities and collateralized loan obligations. With its headquarters in Dallas, Texas; Highland has other offices based in New York, Singapore, Sao Paolo, and Seoul. Highland Capital Management has a diverse client scope from, high profile individuals, financial institutions, corporations, endowments, governments and even public pension plans. It offers a range of products for both institutional and retail investors.


Its objectives include nurturing internal growth thus it is significantly involved in investing in the community where its employees work and live by giving financial donations and participating in volunteering programs. Highlands Capital Management is also a major participant as an advisory board to both the local community organizations and various non-profit organizations’. The Co-founder of the firm, James Dondero, has a deep sense of giving back to the community. Having a global company that gets its returns globally, Dondero gives back a lump some of the returns locally. He has also partnered with the CEO of Dallas foundation in the management of the firm’s philanthropic budget.


Over the years, Highland Capital Management has grown extensively; it has expanded its product lines by engaging in fund businesses through the acquisition of return funds. More so, in the year 2000, it launched its first return strategy. Highland Capital Management has a global reach hence has worked in partnership with various organizations in the management of their funds. Highland collaborated with the South Korea National Pension Service in attaining objectives in the health care sector and investment returns by co-investing opportunities to accomplish their strategic objectives in China, Korea, and the USA. This fund strategy gives the Highland Capital Management a high rate of success since the firm has deep expertise in the health sector. Highland has also worked with the Stonebridge Capital in Asia in the management of the fund.