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.
Eugenio Marschner is a Director at Highland Capital Brasil, with extensive private equity and board experience. His responsibilities include originating, evaluating, negotiating and executing investment thesis on behalf of Highland Capital Brasil. Prior to Highland, Eugenio served as Executive Vice President at BRK Ambiental, a Brookfield Private Equity portfolio company, responsible for M&A and Business Development, and as AVP in the private equity investment team of Partners Group, having sat in the boards of Centauro and of Enova Foods, apart from executing transactions in Brazil and in Europe. Mr Marschner holds an MBA from Cornell University and a degree in Economics from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.