The Rise of Highland Capital and James Dondero

James Dondero is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Highland Capital Investment, L.P., a SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) listed investment adviser, which together with its partners has roughly $18 billion of assets under management. Highland Capital Investment is the largest and most experienced venture capital firm utilizing a diverse set of asset classes and structures within a distinctive landscape including mutual funds, hedge funds, distressed and special situations private equity, separate accounts, ETFs and CLOs (collateralized loan obligations).

James Dondero is a members of board of directors of several other companies including NexBank, American Banknote Corporation, Cornerstone Healthcare, MGM Studios and CCS Medical. Dondero additionally served as the president of Protective Life Insurance, a joint partner in the foundation of Highland Capital. Recently, James Dondero was appointed as the head of directors for NextPoint Residential Trust, Inc.

Dondero has more than 35 years of experience in portfolio management as well as credit investment and equity markets. He is popularly known for his efforts in pioneering the use of collateralized loan obligation in the year 1996. James studied in the University of Virginia pursuing Bachelor of Science, Commerce focusing on finance and accounting. He eventually was employed as the chief investment officer of GIC protective life insurance subsidiary, expanding the business to a more than $3 billion investment from 1989-1993.

Dondero has revolutionized Highland Capital into a leading alternative asset manager with an original focus on healthcare industry, managing roughly $2.5 billion in healthcare assets in the form of mutual and institutional funds. With his vast leadership experience, Dondero has overseen the evolution of Highland Capital in a number of ways. To begin with, under the leadership of a partner, Mark Okada, they both founded the first commingled bank loan fund. This was in the year 2002 when an alternative investment 40 Act plan was established.

Secondly, Dondero ensured continued expansion of Highland Capital’s product line in 2004 by signing an acquisition agreement with two floating rate funds from Columbia Asset Management. Finally the company global footprint diversified yet again with the company establishing an office in Seol and Singapore in 2011.

Today, Highland Capital have become an independent owned investment with over 20 years of experience in a range of products for both institutional and retail investors. The company has a rapidly growing team of over 200 employees. The company is focused on delivering value to investors through offering them exclusive products, passionately protecting investor’s capital as well as pursuing new market opportunities.

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