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Clearlake Capital Leads $65M Round for MetricStream Inc.

Santa Monica private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group led a $65 million investment round for MetricStream Inc. of Palo Alto.

B. Riley to Acquire Voice-Over-Internet Firm for $143 Million

B. Riley Financial Inc. said it would pay $143 million to purchase internet voice call service magicJack VocalTec Ltd.

Deals & Dealmakers: B. Riley Adds magicJack

$143 million bolt-on deal latest for publicly traded investment bank

B. Riley Financial Inc. announced last week it would pay $143 million to purchase internet voice call service magicJack VocalTec Ltd.

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Asian Banks Complete Merger

Cathay General Bancorp’s acquisition of SinoPac Bancorp was completed late last month, with the two companies’ public-facing banking operations – Cathay Bank and Far East National Bank – merging under Cathay’s banner.

Deals & Dealmakers: Tax Bill Mixed Bag

Republicans’ plan to overhaul taxes boon for some, bad news for others.

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives unveiled its anticipated tax legislation last week, with mixed reviews over the bill’s business benefits.

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Impact Networking Buys Montrose Document Solutions Firm

Business services firm Impact Networking made its commitment to the Los Angeles market final last week, purchasing Montrose-based Lance Allen Document Solutions, or LADS, for an undisclosed sum.

Deals & Dealmakers: L.A. Entrance for Impact

Chicago-based outfit strikes deal for local business service firm LADS

Business services firm Impact Networking made its commitment to the Los Angeles market final last week, purchasing Montrose-based Lance Allen Document Solutions, or LADS, for an undisclosed sum.

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Deal & Dealmakers: E-sports Remain Hot

Online gaming industry continues to garner bets from venture capital firms.

The Dodgers are in the World Series, football is in full swing and professional basketball and hockey are back in season.

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Deals & Dealmakers: L.A. Firms Get VC in Q3

Investments in SpaceX, System1 among top in nation, according to tracker

Two big deals in the Los Angeles area helped buoy the amount of venture capital invested into U.S. companies in the third quarter, according to a report released by Dow Jones last week.

Deals & Dealmakers: Regis Buy Puts Regent on Radar

Reinstein adds operators, franchiser of hair salons to growing portfolio mix.

Beverly Hills private equity firm Regent spent the last three years quietly amassing a portfolio of small news outlets, tech companies and assorted other assets.

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Movers for Week Ending September 29, 2017

Arts District-based digital marketing company Social Reality Inc. was the week’s biggest gainer, jumping 53.4 percent to close at $2.50. Biotech firm Capricor Therapeutics Inc. of Beverly Hills followed closely, climbing 41.6 percent to close at $3.03. Differential Brands Group Inc. of Commerce was the week’s biggest loser, down 12.9 percent to close at $1.35.

Deals & Dealmakers: Not So Slow for IPO Market

L.A.’s steady stream of flotations buoys region’s strong 2017 performance.

The local IPO market remained strong in the typically slow third quarter, according to data released last week by Ernst & Young.

Deals & Dealmakers: Clearlake Sells Off Another

Hot summer for firm rolls on with Calero transaction; new fund may be in cards.

Clearlake Capital Group continues to unload portfolio companies at a remarkable clip.

New Law Firm For Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby changes legal representation in sexual assault civil case.

Deals & Dealmakers: Investor Folds in Mags

High Times owner Oreva Capital broadens stable with LGBTQ-focused Here.

There’s an upstart media mogul in Los Angeles.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Healthy Pharma Score

Kite boosts prognosis for L.A. action as Gilead puts $11.9 billion down for firm.

L.A.’s biotech industry has long occupied the No. 3 spot in the state rankings behind San Francisco and San Diego, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t deals to be had.

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Immigrants Brought Roots of Success

At a time when immigration is at the forefront of the political debate in Washington, the jobs, tax revenue, cultural influence, and philanthropic contributions of foreign-born residents in the nation’s largest metropolitan area are difficult to ignore

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Deals & Dealmakers: ‘Blank Check’ Buys In

Double Eagle Acquisition merger turns partner firm Williams Scotsman public.

The eagle has landed.

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Crystal Clearance

Mystic Journey gallery among businesses boosted by ‘healy-feely’ industry.

Crystal dealers have seen prices rise as more Americans take a shine to New Age practices.

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New Jeweler in Crown

DEALS & DEALMAKERS: Authentic Brands Group takes shine to Neil Lane.

West Hollywood-based Neil Lane Enterprises sold a majority stake in its jewelry and accessories business to Authentic Brands Group for roughly $100 million, according to sources familiar with the deal, who confirmed recent media reports of the move.

YogaWorks’ Stock Plummets in Public Debut

YogaWorks Inc.’s second attempt at an initial public offering was a go Friday, but despite an aggressive repricing, the company’s stock did a good downward dog impression.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Firm Follows Spa Heat

Burke Williams among trio pulling in financing from St. Cloud Capital fund.

St. Cloud Capital has closed growth-financing deals with three Southern California companies, including Culver City-based spa chain Burke Williams.

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CBRE Acquires Canadian Investment Management Firm Caledon Capital

CBRE Group Inc. has acquired Toronto investment management firm Caledon Capital Management Inc. for an undisclosed sum, the companies said on Wednesday.

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Sales of L.A. Small Businesses Up in Second Quarter

The number of small business sold in the greater Los Angeles area was up 32.3 percent in the second quarter from the same period last year, according to data released Monday from business broker BizBuySell.

Minority Business Champions: IPO for Ethnic Bank

RBB Bancorp is L.A.’s newest public company.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Consultancy Steps Out

Venture separates from law firm; will retain focus on North American clientele.

Business consulting outfit ManattJones Global Strategies split last week from West L.A. law firm Manatt Phelps & Phillips to form the standalone Monarch Global Strategies.

ISE Adds Former Detroit Pistons Player, Executive Joe Dumars to Head Basketball Division

Century City’s International Sports & Entertainment has brought on Joe Dumars, former Detroit Pistons player and general manager, as president of its basketball division, the agency said Tuesday.

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Gores Group Adds Jukebox Company to Firm’s Playlist

Beverly Hills private equity firm Gores Group acquired jukebox-maker AMI Entertainment Friday for an undisclosed sum.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Firm Bags Pot Business

MARIJUANA: High Times magazine, brand scored by Origo in $250M acquisition.

The parent company of cannabis lifestyle brand and magazine High Times is going public after being acquired last week by a special-purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC), which valued the company at $250 million.

High Times Brand Valued at $250 Million in Merger Taking Company Public

The parent company of cannabis lifestyle magazine High Times is going public after being acquired by a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC), which valued the company at $250 million.

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RBB Bancorp Raises $86 Million in IPO

Downtown’s RBB Bancorp joined the ranks of public companies Wednesday with an $86 million initial public offering on the Nasdaq.

Flush with Cash, Platinum Equity Acquires Portable Bathroom Enterprise

Platinum Equity deployed more of its $6.5 billion flagship Fund Monday, announcing an agreement to purchase United Site Services for an undisclosed sum.

Deals & Dealmakers: ACI Packs Up Rival

logistics: Purchase is part of Long Beach delivery company’s expansion effort.

There’s no denying the newspaper business is struggling – especially on the print side – but the proverbial newspaper boy is, surprisingly, doing just fine.

Soon-Shiong Pledges Manufacturing Here

HEALTH CARE: El Segundo base for anti-cancer components.

Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong has pledged to bring manufacturing jobs to El Segundo as part of his cancer treatment initiative.

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Another Law Boutique Snapped Up by Big Firm

LAW: DLA Piper gets Liner in local industry shakeup

DLA Piper plans merger with local law firm Liner.

DLA Piper Absorbs Liner Firm and 60 L.A. Attorneys

Westwood and downtown-based boutique law firm Liner plans to merge with industry behemoth DLA Piper, the firms said Thursday.

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ACI Last Mile Network acquires CIPS Marketing Group from LA Times, Digital First Media

ACI Last Mile Network said Tuesday it had acquired CIPS Marketing Group – which was jointly owned by the Los Angeles Times and Digital First Media – for an undisclosed sum.

Deals & Dealmakers: New Look at Crowdfunding

INVESTING: StartEngine’s data points to raised profile for group-effort approach.

Regulation crowdfunding is showing signs of gaining some traction a little more than a year after the Securities and Exchange Commission gave the concept a greenlight.

Investment Firm Will Back Real Estate Tech

Fifth Wall Ventures’ accelerator aims to help real estate tech gain ground.

Donors Cover Bill for Games

SPORTS: Run at Olympics has rung up $16 million tab.

Los Angeles appears likely to bring home the gold, silver and bronze of the 2028 Summer Games.

E-Sports Company Scores Accelerator Spot

E-sports startup aXiomatic has sped its way to the Disney Accelerator program.

Westwood Venture Banks $1.2 Billion

Brentwood Associates overshoots target with $1.2 billion for firm’s sixth fund.

Brentwood Associates Raises $1.2 Billion for Latest Fund

Brentwood Associates has closed its sixth fund with $1.2 billion in capital committed.

Fifth Wall Ventures Powers Up Accelerator Program

Fifth Wall Ventures plans to launch an accelerator program aimed at companies valued under $20 million in the real estate tech space, the firm announced Wednesday.

E-Sports Company aXiomatic Joins Disney Accelerator

Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that e-sports company aXiomatic was one of 11 companies chosen to participate in the 2017 Disney Accelerator program.

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Soon-Shiong Set to Open El Segundo Cancer Clinic on July 11

Billionaire biotech magnate Patrick Soon-Shiong is set to open an oncology clinic in El Segundo on July 11 as part of a push into the health care provider space.

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L.A. Ventures Forge Links to Blockchain

TECHNOLOGY: Software behind bitcoin draws backers.

Some investors and businesses are putting their money on bitcoin’s blockchain system.

Clearlake Capital Sells Software Firms to Centerbridge Partners for $1.26 Billion

Santa Monica’s Clearlake Capital Group has combined two of its portfolio companies – Syncsort Inc. and Vision Solutions Inc. – and sold the combined entity to New York’s Centerbridge Partners for $1.26 billion.

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc. Files for $74.8 Million IPO

Westlake Village’s Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc. filed for a $74.8 million initial public offering on Monday, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

IPOs Suddenly a Go With June Boom

INVESTMENT: Trio moves to break first-half drought.

Trio of nontech companies generated buzz with a string of IPO moves at the end of June.

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