The Rise of James Dondero and Highland Capital Management

James Dondero is a billionaire businessman with over 30 years of management experience. He is the president and co-founder of the conglomerate, Highland Capital Management involved in numerous high yield credit sector since the 90s. James have managed separate accounts and dedicated long only credit commingled funds since earlier 2000. His main focus is on total return approach that aims at providing exposure to the wider below-investment grade corporate target returns and credit market that are meant to exceed benchmarks.

James Dondero has emerged as an analyst from the Morgan Guaranty Training Program to become the CEO of Highland Capital, the largest USD based collateralized loan obligation (CLO) organization. He carry on as the Chairman of Directors for NexBank, Cornerstone Health and CCS Medical and is an affiliate member of NexPoint Advisors management. Additionally, as though not content with the just pioneering the financial world, James uses his influence to advance the society via his understanding on philanthropy making donations to foundations focused on health, educations and culture. This has led to his popularity and recognition as a great leader.

Highland Capital is the largest SEC-listed investment advisor founded in 1993 by Mark Okada and Dondero. The company concentrates on long only funds, credit strategies, separate accounts and credit hedge funds. It also offer alternatives investments entailing long term or short term equities, emerging markets, Distressed and special situations private equities as well as collateralized loan obligation (CLO).

Highland Capital has created customized mandates with investments in all its assets classes. The CEO, Dondero using a central bottom-up assessment in combination with important top-down technical analysis, offering a wider overview of underlying industry uniqueness, collateral, and portfolio positioning and macro perspectives. This makes Highland Capital the largest bank loan manager globally with roughly $14 billion in loan asset under management.

Highland Capital Management have diversified its client base to include foundations, corporations, endorsements, financial institutions, public pension plans, fund of funds and high net-worth individuals. It is headquartered in Dallas, Texas but also maintain offices in Sao Paulo, Seoul, New York and Singapore.

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