James-Dondero_highland-capital-2James Dondero, CFA, CMA – Co-Founder, President

James Dondero is Co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, L.P. Mr. Dondero has over 30 years of experience in the credit and equity markets, focused largely on high-yield and distressed investing. Under Mr. Dondero’s leadership, Highland has been a pioneer in both developing the collateralized loan obligation (CLO) market and advancing credit-oriented solutions for institutional and retail investors worldwide. Highland’s product offerings include institutional separate accounts, CLOs, hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, REITs, and ETFs. Mr. Dondero is the Chairman and President of NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc. (NYSE:NXRT), is Chairman of NexBank Capital, Inc., Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holding, Inc., and CCS Medical, Inc., and a board member of Jernigan Capital, Inc. (NYSE:JCAP), and MGM Holdings, Inc. He also serves on the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business Executive Board. A dedicated philanthropist, Mr. Dondero actively supports initiatives in education, veterans affairs, and public policy. Prior to founding Highland in 1993, Mr. Dondero was involved in creating the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life, where as Chief Investment Officer he helped take the company from inception to over $2 billion between 1989 and 1993. Between 1985 and 1989, Mr. Dondero was a corporate bond analyst and then portfolio manager at American Express. Mr. Dondero began his career in 1984 as an analyst in the JP Morgan training program. Mr. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia where he earned highest honors (Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi) from the McIntire School of Commerce with dual majors in accounting and finance. He has received certification as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

RECENT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

August 23, 2017 – Dallas Business Journal – One of Dallas’ largest hedge funds Highland Capital Management is getting into real estate development.The firm has begun a project for a luxury apartment complex in Phoenix, Ariz. and is filling into markets where the prices for existing properties have been driven up by speculators…

June 15, 2017 – The Dallas Foundation – James “Jim” Dondero is Co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, a Dallas-based alternative investment firm. Jim brings the same proactive, high-conviction approach that he uses as an investor to his charitable giving activities. While Highland is a global firm, Jim proudly focuses the bulk of his charitable giving locally…

March 25, 2017 – Barron’s – Highland Capital’s Dondero says his strength is thinking through debt deals, turnarounds, and trends. Jim Dondero’s bio paints an imposing picture. An early investor in collateralized loan obligations, he parlayed successes in fixed income into a $15 billion alternative-asset powerhouse…

February 2, 2017 MarketWatchThe Highland Small Cap Equity Fund made a killing on energy stocks in 2016, generating a 32% return for investors. Michael Gregory, whose energy-stock picks helped the Highland Small Cap Equity Fund almost triple the return of the S&P 500 Index last year, now says the out-of-favor health-care sector could stage a “tremendous rebound” in 2017….

November 2, 2016 Co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management Expands Commitment to University, City. James Dondero, co-founder and president of Dallas-based asset management firm Highland Capital Management, L.P., has been appointed to the Executive Board of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business…

October 7, 2016 Dallas-Based Domestic Agency’s Ann Moody Place Will Serve 2,000 Victims Annually. James Dondero, co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, L.P., announced this week that the firm has awarded a $1 million challenge grant to help The Family Place, Dallas’ leading organization supporting victims of family violence, raise the final $2.8 million for its Legacy Campaign in the next six months…

October 4, 2016 – MySweetCharity – One of the ultimate great dishes served up at a fundraising luncheon is a big buckaroo challenge. And that’s what just happened at The Family Place’s 21st Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon in the Hilton Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom. Highland Capital Management’s Co-Founder/President James Dondero just announced that “the firm has awarded a $1-million challenge grant to help The Family Place raise the final $2.8 million for its Legacy Campaign in the next six months.”…

June 8, 2016 – Owen Joins Highland Capital as Charitable Giving Manager Through The Dallas Foundation. James Dondero, co-founder and president of Dallas-based asset management firm Highland Capital Management, L.P., has teamed up with Linda Owen, Dallas civic leader and former president of The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, to provide strategic direction to Highland’s philanthropic activities as the firm’s charitable giving program continues to expand…

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James Dondero
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(Jim Dondero )
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Co-Founder, President