Hilltop Opportunity Partners

In 2018, Hilltop Holdings launched Hilltop Opportunity Partners (“HOP”), a merchant banking business, to pursue investment opportunities outside of the banking industry across a variety of sectors and capital structures. As part of Hilltop Holdings, HOP focuses on long- and short-term, non-control investments.

Hilltop Opportunity Partners utilizes Hilltop Holdings’ excess capital 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. He is joined by Phil Eckian and Chris Micheal.

Mark Plunkett

Before joining Hilltop, Mr. 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 worked for the Carlyle Group in Washington, D.C.; Hicks, Muse, Tate, and Furst in Mexico City; and 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.

Phil Eckian

Before joining Hilltop, Mr. Eckian co-founded Longhorn Capital Partners, a Dallas-based investment management firm seeded by Tiger Management, and served as a vice president in the Special Situations Group with Goldman Sachs. He has also worked for The Beneficient Company Group and started his career in the financial services industry with Barrington Associates and Alex. Brown & Sons. Mr. Eckian earned a B.S. from Yale University and received his M.B.A from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Chris Micheal

Before joining Hilltop, Mr. Micheal served as a vice president in the Credit and Opportunistic Strategies Group with Crestline Investors. Prior to Crestline, Mr. Micheal worked as an investment banking analyst for Houlihan Lokey in their Healthcare Group. Mr. Micheal earned a B.S. from Texas Christian University.

Recent News

Hilltop Holdings Inc. Announces New Merchant Banking Business with Launch of Hilltop Opportunity Partners


Hilltop Holdings Inc.’s Hilltop Opportunity Partners Successfully Completes Preferred Equity Transactions


Hilltop Opportunity Partners Completes Investment in Moser Energy Systems


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Hilltop Opportunity Partners LLC

6565 Hillcrest Ave.

Dallas, TX 75205



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