James Dondero is the Co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, L.P. The company manages collateralized loan obligations in the country. With over 30 years of experience in the credit and equity markets, he has led Highland to become a pioneer in developing the CLO market and advancing credit-oriented solutions for retail investors worldwide.
Before he founded Highland in 1993, James was a chief investment officer of Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary. He was very instrumental in growing the business from a concept to over $2 billion between 1989 and 1993. From his portfolio, Jim has experience in mortgage-backed securities, investment grade corporates, and leveraged bank loans emerging market debt, derivatives, high-yield bonds, common stock and preferred stock. Between 1985 and 1989 James was responsible for approximately $1 billion in fixed income funds for American Express. He completed his financial training program at JP Morgan before joining American Express.
James also serves on the executive board of Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. His appointment to the board strengthened an already strong bond between SMU and Highland Capital Management. The company through the Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars program recognizes and encourages academic and professional pursuits in public policy. They also support the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. James is a dedicated philanthropist and supports education initiatives, veterans’ affairs, and public policy.
Highland Capital Management in collaboration with its affiliates has more than $16 billion in assets under management. With its headquarters in Dallas, Texas it has offices in New York, Singapore, Sao Paolo, and Seoul. Highland is one of the largest alternative credit managers and has vast global experience. The company offers alternative investments such as emerging markets, natural resources, and long/short equities. The firm has managed to consolidate a solid client base which includes corporations, financial institutions, governments, public pension plans, foundations, endowments, high net worth people, and funds of funds.
James graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S in Commerce (Accounting and Finance). He is a CMA, and has acquired the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a true inspiration.