Highland Capital Management is one of the most recognized alternative investment companies in the United States. The success of the company can be attributed to its founder who is James Dondero. He has been with Highland Capital Management since 1993 when he successfully established the company through the help of a close friend known as Mike Okada. Since then, the two gentlemen have been able to expand the company worldwide as it has offices beyond Dallas, Texas which is also its headquarters. Highland Capital Management has offices in New York City and Singapore. Recently, they opened other offices in London and Hong Kong. Plans to open new offices in other parts of the globe such as Dubai, Australia and Africa are underway according to James Dondero.
In Highland Capital Management, James Dondero is responsible for strategizing on distressed investments, structured investments as well as hedge funds. This means that he is responsible for structured products, high yield bonds as well as leveraged loans. Above this, James is responsible for hedging markets, fixed income as well as global public equity. According to the company’s website, James Dondero is currently managing assets worth over $19 billion. In the year 2014, James Dondero had the chance of ringing the closing bell at the Wall Street. James Dondero is also an equal employer. At the moment he has managed to employ over 100 people worldwide. Before he established his own firm, James Dondero used to work for another company known as Protective Life where he used to be the chief investment officer.
Some of the companies that James Dondero has traded with include JP Morgan and American Express. James Dondero destiny might have been shaped by the education that he received when growing up. He studied at the University of Virginia where he specialized in accounting and finance. He is also a certified managerial accountant. James Dondero can also be recognized as a chartered financial analyst. Beyond Highland Capital Management, James Dondero is currently involved with other institutions such as the American Banknote Corporation where he is a board member. He also serves with CCS Medical and Nextbank.