James Dondero serves Highland Acquisition Corporation as its Co-Founder, Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (HCM). He has a wealth of experience spanning over 30 years analyzing credit and equity markets biased mainly on high-yielding, distressed investments. His career, however, began in 1984 as an analyst in the Morgan Guaranty Trainee Program.
Since its inception, Highland Capital, has pioneered the development and growth of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market segment. Since its formation in 1993, under Jim Dondero, Highland Capital Continues to offer institutional and private investors across the world credit-oriented solutions. The firm’s asset base now stands at over $14 billion and Highland Capital is seen as an experienced global alternative credit manager. The firm has its headquarters in Dallas, Texas with offices in New York, Seoul, Singapore and Sao Paulo. Their product offerings have won numerous awards and include CLO’s, private equity funds, REIT’s, Hedge Funds and ETFs.
Before establishing Highland Management Capital, Jim helped form the GIC subsidiary; Protective Life from its creation to over $2 billion in assets between 1989 and 1993. Before that, Mr. James Dondero worked at American Express, first as a Corporate Bond Analyst, then a Portfolio Manager between 1985 and 1989.
This was right after college at the University of Virginia where he had graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi; the highest honors from the McIntire School of Commerce. He attained a double major in Accounting and Finance from the University. Additionally, He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
His outstanding contribution to finance has seen him appointed as Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical and NextBank. He also has a seat on the MGM Studios and American Banknote Board of Directors.
The Dallas-based entrepreneur is also committed to philanthropy. He actively offers support to initiatives around education, public policy, family and veterans’ affairs. He, through Highland Capital Management , recently partnered with The Dallas Foundation to manage their annual $3 million-plus benevolent budget. Soon after, the Highland Dallas Foundation was formed in support of the Dallas Foundation with an aim to inspire a bold and effective charitable giving.