James Dondero who is the co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Highland Capital Management is a man respected for speculating on investment by relying on market insightful analysis of the dynamics of the market. By studying the international trends, he can identify areas that have the greatest investment opportunities for different industry needs. The company known as Highland Capital Management which he co-founded with Mark Okada in 1993 has a collateral loan obligation tool as the basis of its strength. By conservative estimates, the asset portfolio of the company is currently around $15 billion. The types of investments that James Dondero makes are like a mind-puzzle because of the role his company plays as a source of alternative credit management for various global organizations, and during the last one year, the company has registered a growth of about 29.6% through is the captive arm the Highland Capital Advisor Fund. Whereas other credit funds have over 400 Securities, Capital has just about 200.
The Argentinian debt crisis that started in 2012 contributed a lot to the rise of Highland Capital as a provider of security guarantees to businesses that were exposed to credit risks and unstable market conditions. The strategic focus of James’ Dondero’s team was on the abundant natural resources which they accurately predicted would help the country come out of the debt crisis. They went ahead and carried out extensive research and analysis about how the funds could be used to rescue the country out of the financial crisis. Fortunately, the research was right, and by 2014, James Dondero made the country’s resources about 24% of the fund’s assets, and the local currency appreciated against the dollar after the general elections. The country also benefited from the activities of James Dondero, but he also profited from the work done by Vista Energy.
In 1993 the Highland Capital was conceived from collaboration between Okada, James Dondero, and an insurance firm. They started by providing alternative funding sources and credit guarantees before expanding into other areas of the investment industry, and in the year 2000, the company floated its initial alternative loan fund. Apart from investments, James Dondero is also keen on the humanitarian mission, and the best known is Reasoning Minds which sponsors curriculum based on technology. He acquired a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Virginia.