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James Dondero, Founder of Highland Capital Management With 30 Years Experience in Credit/Equity Markets

Highly Successful Financial Industry Career

James Dondero has had a highly successful career in the financial industry. Currently, he serves as the President and Co-Founder of Highland Capital Management. The company is known for offering award-winning products for their investors. Without a doubt, the company’s track record is directly related to his career progression. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.

Worked For Morgan Guaranty As Trainee Analyst Upon Graduation

Upon graduating from the University of Virginia, James Dondero went to work for Morgan Guaranty as a trainee analyst. He then proceeded to become a corporate bond analyst at American Express, until he was promoted to a role as a portfolio manager of $1 Billion in assets. This lead to him becoming the Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life. Following his position as a Chief Investment Officer at Protective Life, James Dondero then founded Highland Capital Management in 1993.

Known For Philanthropic Works

James Dondero is also known for being a great philanthropist. His passion is for improving the standard of living for people in Dallas. This includes making substantial donations to the Hippo habitat of the Dallas Zoo, of $1 Million. The zoo renamed the hippo habitat viewing area to the Highland Capital Lodge in honor of the donation. He also was instrumental in hiring Linda Owen of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation to lead a local nonprofit which he contributed to significantly. Linda’s hiring has led to additional charitable commitments in the Dallas area to assist other organizations. Highland Capital Management also hosted a mother’s day event to raise additional funds for members of the family place, among other charitable commitments. Follow James on Linkedin.

Qualified as Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst

He majored in Accounting and Finance at the University of Virginia and was able to obtain qualifications in being a Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. At the University of Virginia, he graduated with academic honors of Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi.


Felipe Montoro Jens Narrates the History of Privatization in Brazil

Felipe Montoro Jens, a leading financial executive and infrastructure specialist, detailed the history of privatization in Brazil. He says that the economy of the country has a strong influence of the State, especially in beginning and mid-years of the 20th century. The institutional modernization is taken care by the political regime that began in 1930. Until 1980, State enterprises took total control of the economy. From the late 1980s, privatization started in the wake of the external debt crisis, confirms Jens. In 1990, the government instituted National Privatization Program and implemented privatization in petrochemical, steel, and aeronautical sectors.


In 1995, the government went further and privatized sanitation, transportation, electricity, and telecommunication industries. It also sold the state banks during the period. In 1997, General Telecommunications Law established to regulate the services of the telecommunication sector. Jens continues that the government also created National Telecommunications Agency or ANATEL for regulating the sector. This made sure that the tariffs are no longer decided by the Communications Ministry, and it goes to ANATEL. This change helped to create a competitive environment. Additionally, Telebrás, the state owned telecommunication firm, divided into 12 different holding companies to end the monopoly of it. The auction completed in 1998, and it created an environment of multiple players in the sector.


Felipe Montoro Jens has decades of experience in various infrastructure projects in Brazil. He is serving on the boards of a number of infrastructure firms and agencies including San Antonio Energia SA, Foz do Brasil SA, and more.


He worked with a number of firms including Marañon Energia SA, Peru Inversiones En Infraestructura SA, Arboreoland Empreendimentos Imobiliários, and more. Apart from Brazil, Jens also worked in various countries including the U.K., Singapore, and more. He is an undergraduate from the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, and completed his graduation in Management from the prestigious Thunderbird School of Management in Glendale, Arizona