Hilltop Opportunity Partners (“HOP”) is a merchant banking business launched by Dallas-based Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH) to pursue investment opportunities outside of the banking industry across a variety of sectors and capital structures. As part of Hilltop Holdings, HOP will focus on long- and short-term, non-control investments.
Hilltop Opportunity Partners utilizes excess capital at HTH to employ a flexible investment strategy and address a variety of capital needs, targeting non-bank middle market investments that range from $5 million to $25 million. Larger or smaller opportunities are considered on a case-by-case basis.
HOP is led by Hilltop Holdings Executive Vice President Mark Plunkett, who serves as chief investment officer and head of Hilltop Opportunity Partners, and Hilltop Holdings Vice President Peter Lynch.
About Mark Plunkett
Before joining Hilltop, Plunkett co-founded and ran Hilliard Street Capital, a Blackstone and Bridger seeded long/short equity fund and served as a partner with Atlas Capital. He has also worked for the Washington, D.C.-based Carlyle Group, with Hicks, Muse, Tate, and Furst in Mexico City, and with Cardinal Investment Company in Dallas. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the New York-based private equity fund Argand Capital and as a director of a Dallas-based bakery company and a Hong Kong-based global toy company. Plunkett earned a B.B.A. and B.S. from Southern Methodist University, graduating magna cum laude with honors and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he served as co-president of his class. He is also a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.
About Peter Lynch
Before joining Hilltop, Lynch was a vice president at Argenta Partners, a private equity firm focused on control-only equity investments. Prior to that, he worked with the M&A team at Rabobank International in New York City, and with JPMorgan in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in Santiago, Chile. He currently serves as chairman of Fleetwood Transportation Services and as a director of NovaLink, Inc., OTTR Chronic Care Solutions and Stephen Gould Corporation. Additionally, he founded ASimpleModel.com in 2013, a website dedicated to making financial modeling instruction simple and affordable. Lynch earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Lynch was also a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Heavyweight Crew Team and competed for the United States Junior Rowing Team.
Hilltop Opportunity Partners LLC
2323 Victory Ave., Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75219