Texas-based Highland Capital Management is losing its head of private equity after 10 years. Patrick Boyce will continue to serve on the board of some of Highlandís portfolio companies.
Highland Capital Management was founded in 1993 by Jim Dondero and Mark Okada, and primarily invests in high-yield credit. The firm has steadily expanded in the credit space and also into more pure play private equity investments.
Boyce will be relocating to Hawaii with his family, according to a statement from the firm.
Jim Dondero and John Honis will lead the firmís private equity group going forward.
Apart from pure private equity, Highland has been able to capitalize on record CLO issuance this year. Total issuance topped $83 billion, beating last yearís $82.6 billion number. Other private equity firms including Apollo have also surpassed internal records with their CLO issuance. Apollo managed their largest CLO offerings to date in both the US and Europe this year.
Highland Capital founder Mark Okada, was featured in a two part interview on Opalesque TV where he discussed the invention and history of CLOís as well as Highlandís investment approach.
ďWe donít do anything just because we are getting fees, or thatís where money is flowing, or thatís a hot idea, the only thing that we do as a firm is where we like the arbitrage and we think we can add value with our platform and our arbitrage. We may see arbitrage that we think is cheap and itís great and itís underpriced, but we donít have any people that know how to do that, thatís not what we are going to do,Ē Okada said in the interview.
This article was published in Opalesque's Private Equity Strategies our monthly research update on the global private equity landscape including all sectors and market caps.