Highland Capital CEO James Dondero Featured In Barron’s Alternative Investments Column

James Dondero has placed investor funds in various private equities over the years, and some made some surprising returns thanks to his insights. He’s the CEO of Highland Capital Management, a Dallas private equity firm that has made an impact on the community. Dondero’s investments have been made in both foreign nations and domestic airlines and energy companies among others. Barron’s, the insider’s magazine highlighted these predictions. It was Dondero in 2014 who predicted that Argentina would make a profitable economic recovery on the election of Mauricio Macri, and sure enough in about a year the Argentine bonds started yielding higher profits. He also bought the shares of Vistra Energy, a natural gas company that even Warren Buffet had lost money on and turned their debt into profitable equity.

James Dondero is a chartered financial analyst, having earned that certification during his time at American Express. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and then enrolled in the Morgan Guaranty Training Program when his attempts to join the real estate market didn’t work. He became a credit analyst for American Express, and before long he started moving up to become a senior portfolio manager. In 1993 he was invited to come to Protective Life Insurance to help start their GIC subsidiary. After growing this company along with Mark Okada to over $2 billion in assets under management, he was able to take the company public and soon had made enough in profit to buyout the shares.

The company was renamed Highland Capital Advisors, LLC in 1998 and Dondero began adding wealthy clients from around the nation to the firm’s portfolio. He became most known for advising in collateralized loan obligations, a special kind of bond funds that yield high risk and are placed in tranches. Highland Capital also has alternative funds in healthcare, fixed income, global derivatives and long and short equity. Dondero is also on the executive boards at Nexbank, MGM Studios, Cornerstone Healthcare and CSC Medical. Dondero also contributes to local philanthropies such as the Dallas domestic violence shelter the Family Place. You can also visit his Linkedin website : https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesdonderohcm

Highland Capital CEO James Dondero Featured In Barron’s Alternative Investments Column

Highland Capital expansion to Asia with stonebridge

Highland Capital Management L.P. was founded by James Dondero and Mark Okada in 1993. Highland Capital is an SEC registered investment advertiser and is also currently one of the largest global alternative credit managers. Highland specializes in long-only funds, distressed and special-situation private equity, hedge funds, emerging markets, natural resources and many other credit strategies and alternative investments.

Highland Capital Management group has an expansive customer base that includes corporations, high net worth individuals, governments, foundations and public pension plans. This global company has offices in Sao Paolo, New York, Houston, Seoul and Singapore, however their corporate head quarters is at the Houston office. Highland Capital is very involved in the communities they work in, they believe in helping others and make many charitable donations towards national non-profits and community organizations. In addition to the more then ten million dollars they have charitably donated since 2005, they also are active in volunteerism and advisory board involvement.

 

Highland works with stonebridge capital in Asia. Stonebridge is located in Korea and is a private equity and venture capital firm. Highland Capital and Stonebridge co-manage the NPS (national pension service) fund. This fund was created in 1988 and is worth just under five billion dollars. This health care centered private fund in Korea is the first one of its type in Asia that Highland is co-managing. By drawing on Highlands extensive expertise in the healthcare sector stonebridge and highland are hoping this merge is appealing to middle market healthcare companies in Asia as well as the United States.

 

Highland Capital expansion to Asia with stonebridge