James Dondero, Founder of Highland Capital Brasil Gestora de Recursos
James Dondero is the Founder of Highland Capital Brasil Gestora de Recursos and Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management. Mr. Dondero’s responsibilities include strategic planning and oversight for all of the firm’s investment strategies. With more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, Mr. Dondero is committed to developing attractive credit strategies in Brazil and other emerging markets. James Dondero even pioneered the use of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) while launching one of the first non-bank CLOs in 1996. His experience prior to Highland Capital Management includes managing more than $2 billion for Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary and managing approximately $1 billion in fixed income funds for American Express. Mr. Dondero’s investment strategies have been recognized by leading financial organizations and publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Lipper, Morningstar, Pensions & Investments and Credit Flux. He also serves on the Board of Directors for MGM Studios and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical. Mr. Dondero attended the University of Virginia where he studied accounting and finance. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Gustavo Prilick, Managing Partner
Mr. Prilick is a Managing Partner at HCB and a registered asset manager in Brazil. He has extensively worked in several of Highland Capital’s portfolio companies in the US mainly as CEO. Prior to his involvement with Highland Capital, he was a Partner at South America Fund, a private equity firm, mainly focused on providing financial services to export companies in Argentina and Uruguay. Prior to South America Fund, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Millicom International Cellular for 7 years, serving Latin America, Asia, Africa and ten operations in Russia. Prior to Millicom, he served as the Director of International Business for Oracle Corporation where he was responsible for the establishment of most of Oracle’s International Subsidiaries on several continents, including the Brazilian operation. Later he became President of Oracle South America with oversight of several countries in South America. He also served as CEO of Nacion Factoring, a subsidiary of Banco Nacion in Argentina building its operations to reach one of the leading positions in the country. Mr. Prilick received an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad de Buenos Aires. He has also held teaching positions as a visiting professor in several leading Business Schools in Argentina.
Fernão Magalhães, CFA – Investment Manager
Mr. Magalhães is the Investment Manager at Highland Capital Brazil. He is responsible for research and due diligence on investments as well as structuring and product distribution at Highland Capital Brasil Gestora de Recursos, Ltda. Prior to his current role, Mr. Magalhães acted as an Associate of the M&A and Project Finance Group at Banif Investment Bank in Brazil where he participated in several deals in the energy, telecom, pulp and paper, agribusiness and other sectors . Prior to that Mr. Magalhães was a Financial Planning and Project Finance Analyst at Renova Energia S.A, where he was instrumental in the fundraising of over R$ 900 million with BNDES and BNB which gave rise to the largest wind farm complex in Brazil. Prior to that Mr. Magalhães was a Junior Analyst in the Restructuring Team at Íntegra Associados having participated in successful debt restructuring projects in the agribusiness sector. Since joining Highland, Mr. Magalhães has been instrumental in the structuring of the 1st Infrastructure FIDC ever launched in the Brazilian Market and has been responsible for the research and due diligence on investments. He received a Finance BA from Michigan State University and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation.