Madison Street Capital Nominated for Two Awards

Madison Street Capital has been announced as a finalist for a prestigious award. The M&A Advisor has formerly announced that Madison Street Capital will be a finalist for the 15th annual M&A Advisor awards. This Chicago based investment firm has earned this recognition among their peers.

This award is the highest point of achievement in the financial industry. They look at excellence in deal making and restructuring and finance. MSC has been nominated for two awards. Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year and International and Industrials Deal of the Year are the two awards they can win. The transaction that earned them the second award was helping Dowco acquire Acuna & Asociados S.A. This transaction was a complex cross border deal where MSC associates worked diligently to make sure it went smoothly. For MSC to be recognized for such a big transaction, they are pleased and honored. They will find out who the winner is November 9 at the New York Athletic Club during the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala.

Madison Street Capital is an international investing firm based in Chicago, serving clients around the world. The firm prides themselves in delivering high quality corporate financial advisory services to private and public business. They offer merger and acquisition services, business valuation, and asset management among the many others. The goal of their services is to help their customers maneuver successful in the global marketplace.

MSC makes each project their own, and makes each clients goals and objectives their own. Whether the customer wants to receive financial advisory services, acquisition services, or capital raising, MSC ensures they fulfill their clients needs and objectives. They are a trusted firm because of their dedication to professional standards and quality. They remain focused on the global growth of the market and the trends in the market.

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Why Citadel LLC is the Number One Hedge Fund in America

While is definitely easy to see why Kenneth Griffin is a multibillionaire, most people can’t fathom how he made himself this one of America’s richest entrepreneurs with such little capital. The Citadel hedge fund has made people billions of dollars, which in turn made Ken Griffin, lead investor of Citadel a billionaire as well. His vision for sussing out winning stocks from the thousands of publicly traded stocks has led him to make all of the money he’s made over the course of his career. The Citadel fund is currently worth $25 billion, yet, it wasn’t always that way. There was once a time where Kenneth Griffin was personally destitute and had only $200,000 to invest into the market. He invested that small sum of money and eventually turned it into $1 million.

It was not long after he turned $200,000 into $1 million that he began to peak the interest of multiple investors all over Wall Street. They saw that Ken Griffin on citadel has the chops to become the next hugely successful hedge fund manager and they all wanted a piece of him at their own firms. Yet Kenneth took a chance on one person that approached him because the deal he offered was one with no strings. He took the million dollars that Frank C. Meyer, an investor and founder of Glenwood Capital LLC gave him and invested in into the market. Months later he was able to give Frank his money back and a 70% return on investment. There was no other investment firm that could produce those types of numbers so quickly. This made Kenneth someone that was definitely on Frank’s shortlist of notable investors. Kenneth was embraced by Frank Meyer who eventually taught Kenneth everything that he knows about business and the politics of Wall Street when he took him under his wing.

Kenneth started Citadel a couple of years after he took his initial investment from Frank C. Meyer, an investor and founder of Glenwood Capital LLC. With Citadel, he started out with $4.6 million and eventually grew his hedge fund to $1 billion in less than eight years. Because of this quick increase on the worth of his hedge fund, the commissions that he gained from his hedge fund skyrocketed. They wouldn’t have skyrocketed if he hadn’t had the insight to make extremely wise investments or didn’t know all there was to know about consumer behavior and psychology. Because of his know how, he has been able to make each of his investors profitable time and time again and continues invest with similar zeal today.

He is a very impressive man in the world of investing because he has a knack for picking the right stocks. His makes incredible stock picks by educating himself on not only consumer behavior but the behavior of the CEO/founder and/or the board members as well as other key players on the team of any company that he is evaluating to potentially invest in. Because of his thorough assessments of every company, he is able to predict with a very high certainty that his investments will score well.

James Dondero and Highland Capital Investments

Highland Capital Investments LLC is an alternative investment management company, which means that they manage investments other than the usual suspects such as stocks and bonds, such as tangibles like gold, real estate and hedge funds. Their hedge fund specialties include structured products, leveraged loans and high yield bonds.

A structured product is pre-packed investment based on derivative instruments such as commodities, single- or basket-securities and foreign currencies. A leveraged loan is a very risky gamble to make as it involves purchasing assets on borrowed money. The main bet is usually that the asset’s price growth will be more than the borrowed money. A high-yield bond is a bond that received a low credit worthiness (or investment grade). They contain very high risks of credit events such as defaults (or failures to meet legal obligations) but typically come back with higher yield payments, which is why it’s fairly popular among investors.

Highland Capital Management was founded by James Dondero and Mark Okada in Dallas, Texas in 1997. They started out as a partnership with Protective Life Insurance Corporation and initially specialized in fixed income markets. It was 1993 when Protective Life Insurance branched out into Protective Asset Management Company (PAMCO) As of 2014, their reported asset worthiness was over $18 billion. Then Dondero and Okada bought out Protective Life’s stake with PAMCO and replaced it with Ranger Asset Management L.P., which they re-named Highland Capital in 1997.

James Dondero has over 30 years of experience in the credit market. Before founding Highland with Okada, he worked for Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary and American Express. He succeeded in his responsibilities for more than $2 billion worth of assets at the former. With American Express, he was successful in managing $1 billion in fixed funds. Aside from his work with investment and banking, he also serves as Chairman for Cornerstone Healthcare and CCS Medical. He serves with the Board of Directors for MGM Studios. At Highland, he is responsible primarily for designing and executing their operational initiatives (or the inner system workings) and strategic investments.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_Capital_Management

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_investment

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structured_product

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leverage_(finance)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-yield_debt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bond_credit_rating#Investment_grade

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Default_(finance)

http://jamesdondero.com/