James Dondero is the Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management. The firm is based in Dallas, Texas and maintains offices in New York, Singapore, and Seoul. Mr. Dondero is Portfolio Manager of NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund. James Dondero is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a focus in accounting and financing.
He determines and ensures responsible execution of Highland’s strategic financial investment and operational initiatives. He presently manages financial investment techniques and operations for both institutional and retail items at Highland Capital Management. Mr. Dondero’s experience in credit markets covers 3 years and is one of the the initial leaders of the Collateralized Loan Responsibility (CLO). In addition, Mr. Dondero serves on the Board of Directors for both MGM Studios and American Banknote. He is also the Chairman of the Board for NexBank, Foundation Health care and CCS Medical Corporation.
Before Mr. Dondero joined Highland, he was the primary financial investment officer for Safety Life’s GIC subsidiary, a business from start-up to $2 billion within a period of 5 years. Prior to Safety Life, Mr. Dondero handled roughly $1 billion in fixed income funds for American Express.
James Dondero has been very successful with Highland capital, particularly with the Collateralized Loan Obligation. With $21 billion in assets under management, they announced recently that the Highland Floating Rate Opportunities Fund (“HFRZX”) received a 2015 Lipper Award. Highland Capital has experience of over twenty years of purchasing credit items since 1993. As far as equities, it employs a long/short equity approach and has actually applied its financial investment strategies across various sectors including high yield credit, distressed and special situation loans, emerging market investments, structured products, health care, oil and gas industry and real estate.
Highland’s large client base includes public pension plans, corporations, governments, endowments, foundations, financial institutions, fund of funds, and high net-worth individuals.
Highland Capital Management, Dallas-based firm (together with its affiliates “Highland”), was recently honored as one of the best places to work by the Dallas Business Journal. It was also ranked among the top places to work for companies with between 50 and 249 employees. Highland prides itself as both a top-quality employer and is actively involved in national philanthropic activities in addition to the regional neighborhood. Highland’s focuses their efforts on programs on veterans, healthcare and education initiatives.