Larsen Jumps to Highland Capital from BofA Merrill Lynch

Highland Capital Management said Monday that Jess Larsen has joined as an MD, business development for Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, Larsen was a director, capital introductions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London.


Highland Capital Management, L.P. (“Highland”), a Dallas-based investment management firm, which together with its affiliates has approximately $19 billion in assets under management, today announced the appointment of Jess Larsen as Managing Director, Business Development for Europe and the Middle East.

In this newly created position, Larsen is responsible for business development and managing institutional relationships in his coverage areas. He is based in London and reports to Clay Shumway, Highland’s Head of Business Development.

“With continued global demand for hedge fund, private equity and fixed income investment strategies, we see tremendous opportunities for a dedicated effort targeting European and Middle Eastern institutions.  We are pleased to leverage Jess’ experience and relationships to further expand our institutional reach,” said Mr. Shumway.

Mr. Larsen comes to Highland from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London where he was Director, Capital Introductions.  While at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, his coverage responsibilities included institutional investors such as pension funds, sovereign funds, family offices and insurance companies in the UK, Nordic and Middle East regions.

Prior to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mr. Larsen was a Partner at hedge funds VCM Fund Management and Range Capital.  He also has experience at UBS Wealth Management and HSBC Private Bank.  He holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

About Highland Capital Management, L.P.
Highland Capital Management, L.P. is an SEC-registered investment adviser, which together with its affiliates, has approximately $19 billion of assets under management.  Founded in 1993 by Jim Dondero and Mark Okada, Highland is one of the largest and most experienced global alternative credit managers.  The firm specializes in credit strategies, such as credit hedge funds, long-only funds and separate accounts, distressed private equity and collateralized loan obligations (CLOs).  Highland also offers alternative investments, including emerging markets, long/short equities and natural resources.

Highland’s diversified client base includes public pension plans, foundations, endowments, corporations, financial institutions, fund of funds, governments and high net worth individuals.  The firm is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and maintains offices in New York, London, Singapore, and Seoul.  For further information, please visit