Why Dallas Based Highland Capital Remains A Global Leader Under James Dondero

Highland Capital Management is a Dallas-based SEC-registered investment advisor. The firm boasts a vast investment portfolio, with an approximated $18 billion in assets under their management. The firm is a global leader and is home to some of the most experienced alternative credit managers in the world. Among the specialties of the company are credit strategies that include long-only funds and separate accounts, credit hedge funds, collateralized loan obligations, and distressed and special situations private equity.

Highland Capital Management is also involved in alternative investments. These include long/short equities, natural resources, and emerging markets. The firm also boasts a diversified client base. The clients served include corporations, foundations, public pension plans, governments, endowments, fund of funds, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. Apart from their Dallas office, the firm also has offices in various cities that include Singapore, New York, Sao Paulo and Seoul.

The firm’s philosophy is based on three key principles: experience, discipline, and boldness. The firm has been in operation since being founded in 1993, giving it a wealth of experience in the industry. The firm also has the most experienced alternative credit managers as tested by various credit cycles. The firm is also the pioneer and the largest manager of Collateralized Loan Obligation.

When it comes to investment, Highland Capital Management uses the approach of producing consistent and above average returns. They do this by taking advantage of time-tested principles of investing. The firm also maintains discipline when it comes to capital preservation, all this while targeting an appropriate risk/return balance. The firm lays its focus on strategies and asset classes in which they can add real value to the client/investor by providing unique skills to the investment process or providing unique access to a specific asset class.

James Dondero is the man at the helm of this successful firm. Jim, together with Mark Okada, founded the firm in 1993. James is an industry leader, with an experience that spans over three decades in the credit and equity markets. Dondero is a seasoned leader, this being evidenced by his role as the chairman in various firms that include CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, and Nexbank.

Dondero’s journey began back in 1984 when he graduated from the University of Virginia with his Accounts and Finance Degree. He then proceeded to become an analyst in the Morgan Guaranty training program. He later worked for various firms that include American Express and Protective Life.

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