James Dondero is the co-founder and the President of the Highland Capital. He started his career journey in 1984 as a Corporate Bold Analyst and later worked as a Portfolio Manager at American Express and Chief Investment Officer in GIU. Dondero graduated from University of Virginia School of Commerce with highest honors in dual majors in Accounting and Finance.
James was popularly known as ‘Jim’ he has over 30 years experience in management positions as well as in finance sector. His experience yields from involvement in the credit and equity markets prioritizing extensively on high-yield and distressed investments. James’s leadership and managerial skills are exceptionally unique and transformative.
The award winning President in product offering serves as the Chairperson of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical, and Nexbank. He is also a board member of American Banknote and MGM Studios. He is a philanthropist and supports community initiatives including education, veteran affairs, and public policies. Jim is a Certified Management Accountant and is qualified to use the Chartered Financial Analyst CFA Designation.
Highland Management Capital was incorporated in 1990 by James and Mark Okada as a Protective Life Insurance Corporation. In 1993, the corporation changed to Protective Asset Management Company. The idea was to pioneer in the development of Collateralized Loan Obligations CLO markets. The primary objective of the organization is to provide oriented credit solutions to institutions and retail investors.
The company has evolved into one of the industry’s largest having the most experienced credit managers in the market. Since 2000, Highland has expanded its product platform beyond separate accounts and CLOs and now focusing on distressed assets. Highland Capital has continued helping investors in achieving their risks and return objectives through a new set of strategies and value-oriented investment services.
Highland Capital Management offers a broad range of products which include a variety of institutional and retail funds with diverse strategies, long-only credit funds, distressed for control private equity fund, long and short equity funds, ETFs, oil and gas funds, credit hedge funds, and emerging markets credit funds. The products serve both retail and institutional investors.
The Highland Capital has proved to be a right partner in investment through its involvement in taking the risk together with the clients. Guided by three simple principles Experienced, disciplined and bold is destined to do more for the World through strategic diversification.