Highland Capital Management is one of the world’s largest asset managers headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Together with its affiliates, the investment giant manages assets valued at nearly $15.4 billion. The firm has earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished and knowledgeable international credit managers. It is an authority when it comes to credit strategies, including collateralized loan obligations, credit hedge funds, distressed private equity, separate accounts and long-only funds, and distressed private equity.
HCM also offers alternative investments such as natural resources, long and short equities, and emerging markets. The company delivers its investment products and solutions to public pension plans, financial institutions, governments, wealthy individuals, and funds of funds. HCM maintains service centers in Singapore, New York, Sao Paulo, and Seoul.
James Dondero is a guru in equity and credit market. His experience as a shrewd investor extends for over three decades. Currently, he directs investment plans of Highland Capital Management (HCM), a premier asset manager he co-founded in 1993.
According to The Dallas Links, Under James Dondero’s direction, HCM develops and delivers numerous state-of-the-art solutions to the retail and institutional investors. HCM manages assets worth approximately $15.4 billion and has subsidiaries such as Acis Capital Management, NexPoint Capital, NexPoint Residential Trust, and NexPoint Advisors.
Education and career history
In 1984, Morgan Guaranty Training Program offered an internship to Dondero. Over the years, he has completed professional courses and earned designations such as Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Public Accountant, as well as Certified Management Accountant.
In 1985, Dondero was named as the corporate bond analyst of American Express. Then, he ascended to the position portfolio manager responsible for managing fixed income funds worth close to $1 billion for American Express. In 1989, he joined Protective Life’s GIV subsection as a chief investment officer.
Philanthropy and board membership
Dondero supports educational, veteran affairs, and poverty eradication initiatives. He supports charitable foundations such as George W. Bush Presidential Library, Uplift Education, Snowball Express, and SMU’s Tower Scholars Program.