Navigating the waters of major financial deals can be tricky and things can get quite a bit murky when there are funds, assets, holdings, leveraging and buyouts taking place all at once. But that’s why a solid investment bank is the key to making sure everything and everyone is on the same page when it comes to negotiating the terms. Whether its restructuring a business, issuing securities and bonds to investors, helping to start up hedgefunds or setting up government pensions investment banks are full of experts who can lend their advice and strategies to buyers and merging companies. One prominent investment banking firm is Highland Capital Management co-founded by James Dondero.
Highland Capital Management has been doing business under the name since 1998, and through it’s visionary leaders has been managing $21 billion in assets and capital gains. As the facilitator of many different kinds of funds that have emerged in the financial world, Highland offers just about everything from Collateralized Loan Obligations to long/short equities. Highland capital has sought to bring high returns to corporations in just about every industry including healthcare, oil and gas, real estate, and telecommunications. They also have plans in the distress category for companies that may be on the verge of bankruptcy and need to be bought out. Affiliated with Highland capital management is Nexpoint Advisors and Nexpoint Capital, also started by James Dondero.
James Dondero has been offering advice and expertise within the lending markets for over 30 years and when its come to equities and portfolio management, nobody knows the financial climates better than him. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Dondero started off his asset management career with American Express and started walking up the management ladder right away. Perhaps his most well-known business growth period was when he was tenured at Protective Life GIC and took them from being a small blip on the financial horizon, to being a massive enterprise almost overnight. In 1997, Dondero partnered up with co-worker Mark Okada and decided to venture into a shareholding they purchased from Protective Life and from there Highland Capital took off and soon became a prominent investment bank. Highland Capital has reached not only around to major cities within the US, but has also expanded across the seas to Singapore, South Korea and Brazil. Dondero has served as manager and on the board for other companies such as CCS Medical and MGM Entertainment.