James Dondero is the President and the Co-founder of the Highland Capital Management, lives in Dallas, TX. He is a graduate of B.S Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Virginia. James is also a certified to use the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation and also a Managerial Accountant. He has a tremendous experience in the credit and equity market that adds up to 30 years where he is more focused on high yield and distressed investing.
James founded Highland in 1993 before which he served as chief investment officer of Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary where he helped the business to grow to over $2 billion from 1989 to 1993.He has an experience in mortgage-backed securities, investment grade corporates, leveraged bank loans, high-yield bonds and many other skills. James appointed as the new president of institutional products for Highland.
Highland Capital Management is an SEC-registered investment adviser who is a global alternative credit manager. It has a 20 years’ experience in broad range of products and $18 billion assets under management. It specializes in credit strategies like hedge funds, long-only funds and separate accounts, collateralized loan obligations and special situations private equity. It also offers alternative investments like emerging markets, long/short equities, and natural resources. The clients based on public pension plans, foundations, endowments, corporations and high net worth. It is located in Dallas Texas and maintains offices in New York, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Seoul.
Under the leadership of James Dondero and Mark Okada Highland has been able to launch a bank loan fund and establishing 40 Act platforms which are an alternative investment. In 2004, it expanded its product lines by entering the mutual fund business where it acquired two floating rate funds from Columbia Asset Management.
Highland has had a huge focus on the health care sector and has been able to manage approximately $2.3 billion in medical assets in the form of institutional funds and mutual funds. The company has been able to monitor over 39 CLOs totaling $32 billion in asset value making it the largest CLO manager in the world by USD assets under management.
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