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Henry Meier

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Beginning 2019 with a Farewell to Gov. Brown

We’ve made it to 2019, and after the holiday doldrums it seems everyone is casting about looking to make sense of the year past and the year come.

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PAGE 3: The Most Scandalous Time of the Year

The community of business is buzzing over the ouster of USC Marshall School of Business Dean Jim Ellis

Friese Frame: Don Kicks Off Holidays with Style

It appears as if one of our local billionaires has a new venture.

PAGE 3: The Fast and The Furious

Some 300 members of the Los Angeles business community gathered last Wednesday in a converted bank vault

PAGE 3 | Winning and Losing in Los Angeles

The American Cancer Society was welcomed as guests of the Los Angeles Rams during the team’s contest with the Green Bay Packers

Real Estate Quarterly | Sunset Scene

The real estate market in Los Angeles County is expansive with a diverse array of submarkets all featuring unique characteristics and component parts.

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Deals & Dealmakers: PE Firms Purchase Meek’s

Deal adds building material supplier to roster, forms new parent company

Clearlake Capital and Angeles Equity Partners Purchase Meek’s Lumber Co.

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Deals & Dealmakers: EP Wealth Advisors Rolls On

EP Wealth Advisors acquires Caves & Associates’ $190 million assets under management.

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Deals & Dealmakers: WndrCo’s Privacy Play

Katzenberg-led outfit invests $295M into digital security outfit AnchorFree

WndrCo leads $295 million investment into AnchorFree Inc.

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Deals & Dealmakers: L.A. Ties for Compass-Pac. U.

$200 Million purchase comes on heels of major Southland brokerage rollup

An out-of-town real estate brokerage acquisition comes with a side of L.A. intrigue.

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Deal & Dealmakers: City National Adds Exactuals

Fintech Acquisition part of long-term strategy, expansion in L.A. market

City National Bank continues growth with Exactuals acquisition.

Deals & Dealmakers: TaskUs Valued at $500M

$250 million Blackstone investment puts outsourcing firm in growth mode

TaskUs gets $250 million from Blackstone.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Blue Gets Green From Logitech

Portfolio of microphones, sound engineering tools fetch $117 million

Logitech picks up West Lake’s Blue Microphones in $117 million deal.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Chef’d Assets Pick’d Up

Newport Beach firm acquires shuttered meal kit co.’s assets from lender

Chef’d assets picked up.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Pacific City Plans IPO

Korean-American Bank files SEC docs; indicates market cap of $147.2M

Pacific City Bank files for IPO.

Pacific City Bank Files for IPO

Koreatown-based bank Pacific City Financial Corp. filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission July 17 announcing plans for an initial public offering on Nasdaq. The bank plans to raise up to $50 million.

Deals & Dealmakers: Shakeup for B. Riley

Financial services firm creates co-CEO position for Riley, Kelleher

SEC fines Oaktree Capital Management.

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Deals & Dealmakers: HK Buy Bolsters Differential

$1.4B deal gives Commerce apparel outfit majority stake in fellow designer, licensor

$1.4 billion for Hong Kong apparel outfit.

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Savagian Takes Top Investment Banking Position for RBC in L.A.

Royal Bank of Canada has tapped Kent Savagian to run its L.A.-based investment banking operation.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Fox to Hightimes’ Board

Former president of Mexico arrives with merger held up, crowdfunding in works

Platinum Equity gets $1.4 billion for cargo handling company.

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Deals & Dealmakers: HyreCar Sets Sights on IPO

Car-sharing company could raise $14.5 million with offering; no date set

HyreCar contemplates IPO.

Deals & Dealmakers: More Marijuana Millions

MedMen shells out $53M for Florida grow op one week after public listing

MedMen Enterprises follows up public listing in Canada with $53 million acquisition in Florida.

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Silicon Beach Report June 4: PlayVS Raises $15 Million Series A

E-sports Company Raises $15M on High School Gaming League Prospect; Jay Goss Details Strategy for New Health Care Fund; AeroVironment Divests Energy Unit for $35 Million

Silicon Beach Report June 1: Live TV Growth Spurs Hulu Reorganization

Hulu Shakeup Includes Three Departures, Two Hires; Commercial Payload on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Could Come by Year’s End; Cache Creek Industries Acquires Mountain Secure

Deals & Dealmakers: EP Wealth Adds Donnelly

Second acquisition of 2018, third in the last 12 months; funded by outside capital

EP Wealth Advisors adds $420 million to assets under management with acquisition of Donnelly Wealth Advisors.

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Silicon Beach Report May 30: Internet Trends Report Highlights Code Conference

Internet Trends Report Highlights Code Conference; Half of Hulu Subscribers Pay for Ad-Free Streaming; SnackNation Raises $12 Million

Silicon Beach Report May 29: Is Bird the First Scooter Unicorn?

Sequoia said to Value Scooter Outfit Bird at $1 Billion as Part of $150 Million Raise; Snap Facing Diversity, Morale Challenges; Surkus Raises $10 Million

Silicon Beach Report May 25: Electric Bus Maker Proterra Raises $100M

Proterra raises $100 million for electric buses; new european data privacy regs wreak havoc on U.S. sites; L.A. biotech lab to close

Deals & Dealmakers: Two Reliam Deals in Two Weeks

Cloud computing outfit leverages $75 million private equity investment

South Bay-based cloud computing service provider Reliam puts $75 million to work.

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Silicon Beach Report May 24: Justice Department Launches Cryptocurrency Probe

Justice Department investigates cryptocurrency and price manipulation; PeerStreet passes $1 billion mark in real estate loans; UCLA Magnify looks for tech and life science startups.

Silicon Beach Report May 23: Reliam Makes Second Acquisition in Last Month

Reliam Adds G2 Tech Group, Plans Rebrand; Tinder Developing More Specific Location Feature; FreedomPop Launches New Cellphone Service

Reliam Acquires G2 Tech, Plans Rebrand

South Bay-based cloud computing service provider Reliam announced May 23 the acquisition of Boston-based G2 Tech Group for an undisclosed sum.

Silicon Beach Report May 22: Openpath Launches with $7 Million Raise

Upfront, Pritzker Among Openpath Backers; SpaceX Launch (Mostly) a Success; and Santa Monica’s Halogen Part of TheSkimm’s $12 Million Raise

Silicon Beach Report May 21: SpaceX Readies for Dual Payload Launch

SpaceX Readies Next Falcon 9 Launch; More Competition for Bird; Core Innovation Backs $8 Million Crypto Raise.

Silicon Beach Report May 18: Musk Goes Deep on Boring Co. Plans

Elon Musk revealed more details about his Boring Co. project; mobile game developer Gamelynx announced a $1.2 million raise to create a competitive e-sports game; venture capital firm Upfront Ventures continued to back Irvine-based Cloudvirga.

Trophy Props

L.A.’s wealthiest spend big bucks on high-profile properties, projects

Toys, teams and projects of the mega-rich.

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Deals & Dealmakers: International Calibre

biozol buy is third life sciences deal for PE firm in last two weeks

StoneCalibre continues deal streak.

Deals & Dealmakers: City National Doubles Down

Sets up second office, gets another high-profile sign on downtown’s skyline

Skyline addition for City National’s downtown profile.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Fuel for Brand-Focused Firms

Monogram Capital raises $152 million with eye on consumer products

Monogram Capital Partners raises $152 million with focus on branded goods.

Deals & Dealmakers: RBB Makes Push into New York

$117M First American deal gives bank East Coast outpost

RBB Bancorp puts down roots in New York with First American acquisition.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Gem Looks to New Platform

Blockchain firm unveils consumer-facing app for cryptocurrency traders

Gem’s new cryptocurrency platform helps users track and trade their holdings.

Deals & Dealmakers: Fleet Safety Draws Clearlake

Investment in 20-year-old San Diego company comes out of new $3.6 billion fund

Clearlake takes stake in Lytx; Provenance buys into men's brand Knot Standard.

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Deals & Dealmakers: High Wire Act for High Times

Parent buys digital pub, seeks reverse merger, plans Reg A offering

High Times is buying Green Rush Daily to merge cannabis lifestyle publications.

High Times Acquires Green Rush for Estimated $6.9M

West L.A.-based High Times Holding Corp. – the parent company of cannabis lifestyle magazine High Times – plans to purchase Green Rush Daily Inc. of New York for a cash and stock package worth an estimated $6.9 million, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Firm Sees Symbiosis as Strategy

Fifth Wall Ventures doubles employee count.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Clearlake’s Cash Haul

Firm closes $3.6 billion fund on heels of strong growth in 2017 deal volume

Clearlake Capital Group reels in largest fund to date.

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Next Year’s Tax Concerns Now

Details in a provision of the new tax law bring likely benefits but also confusion.

Deals & Dealmakers: CNB’s Rochdale Gets CIO

Peron arrives from EVP post at Northern Trust; year-long investment chief search ends.

New CIO for City National Rochdale

Deals & Dealmakers: New I/D for Fifth Wall

Pritzkers team up with Venice venture firm for $15M Series A

Pritzker Group, Fifth Wall join forces in $15 million Series B round for furniture maker Interior Define.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Bank Acquisition Trend

Three deals, six institutions involved Los Angeles, San Diego, Inland Empire

There’s been a flurry of consolidation among Southern California’s small regional banks recently.

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