Since 1984, James Dondero has moved through the financial and accounting labyrinth is spectacular fashion. As a graduate from the University of Virginia and the McIntire School of Commerce with two majors in Accounting and Finance, he earned the titles of Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Being extremely talented with the financial world and accounting as evidenced by his graduation with the highest honors, Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi, he manifested his brilliance immediately by beginning his career as an analyst with the Morgan Guaranty training program.
From 1985 to 1989 he worked for American Express as a Portfolio Manager and Corporate Bond Analyst. His expertise was so prolific that more responsibility was earned as he took on the position as Chief Investment Officer for GIC of Protective Life, with an account inventory of $2 Billion between 1989 and 1993. One success lead to multiple successes as James Dondero became a member of the board of directors for American Banknote and MGM Studios. To add to that he became Chairman of the Board for Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical and Nexbank.
The culmination of his 30 years of experience to date in credit and equity market products manifested in Dondero’s role as Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management. This Dallas, Texas based financial firm is staffed by a team of highly competent, trained investment analysts that will fully research and structure transactions for their clients. They will research and execute proper due diligence to deliver high-yield, long only returns in alternative credit products that are properly culled from the lot of distressed investments, sorting out the losers from the winners. At the proper time, a sales transaction is carefully and precisely completed for Alpha only.
The credit markets are very attractive from the perspective of the creation of wealth with the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market and in developing credit oriented solutions for both retail and institutional investors. Highland Capital Management carefully develops its award winning products which include CLOs, private equity funds, mutual funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, hedge funds, REITs and EFTs. Along with their affiliates, Highland Capital Management works with $21 Billion in assets. The combined experience on the team is one of the highest in the world on alternative credit.
Highland Capital Management is a versatile company with highly skilled advisers that can offer invaluable advice. For example, in the time since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) going live, Small Businesses became concerned about the damage the ACA will do their profit margins and even their viability to stay in business. The advisers at Highland Capital can assist the small business to plan their upgrade to the highly controversial ACA. Many clients will seek out the primary methods to comply first and then opt out of this service by cutting their full time employees down to part time to avoid having to provide insurance for those employees. Advisers will do much to assist in these and other very important matters regarding the ACA and small to medium business equity management.