Los Angeles Business Journal

James Rufus Koren is a Managing Editor.

Before his assignment as Managing Editor, he served as the paper's finance reporter covering the banking industry. Prior to joining the Business Journal, he covered state and local politics for several daily newspapers in Southern California. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He can be reached at 323-549-5225, ext. 225, or by email: jrkoren@labusinessjournal.com.

Recent Stories

L.A. to Bid for 2024 Olympics?

With L.A. 2015 now underway, how about L.A. 2024?

Regulators OK CIT-OneWest Deal

Just shy of a year after the deal was first announced, federal banking regulators have signed off on New Jersey lender CIT Group Inc.’s purchase of Pasadena’s OneWest Bank.

Tuesday Rundown: Green Dot Opens Shanghai Office, Aecom Sells Staffing Unit, Molina Buys in Florida Again

Pasadena prepaid debit card firm Green Dot Corp has opened a new subsidiary in China that will focus on technology and software development.

Tuesday Rundown: Bank Deal Closes, Port Fees Going Up

Irvine lender Plaza Bank has closed its acquisition of Manhattan Bancorp, the El Segundo parent of Bank of Manhattan.

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Surprise Knock From Rent Control

REAL ESTATE: Buyer of CIM property jolted by designation.

The buyer of a Hollywood apartment just built by CIM Group was surprised to learn it was rent controlled.

Briefs: UCLA Study Rates L.A. a C+, Lions Gate’s Largest Shareholder Sells

UCLA Environmental Study Gives L.A. County a C+ Los Angeles County has work to do when it comes to the environment, according to a UCLA study released on Tuesday that rates the county’s environmental performance as a C+.

Diversified Investor Puts Money Into Ailing Bank

LENDING: Alex Meruelo to take control of NCAL despite scrutiny over payday loans.

Alex Meruelo further diversifies eclectic portfolio with deal for controlling stake in NCAL Bancorp.

Chicago Lender Monroe Drops Suit Against L.A. Exec

Chicago lender Monroe Capital has dropped a lawsuit it filed this summer against Los Angeles dealmaker Warren Woo and his new investment firm, Breakaway Capital.

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Good Deal?

Casinos split over wisdom of no-collection games

Some casinos see the big draw of no-collection card games as a big risk for their business.

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Different Cloth

Olivier de Givenchy saw finance career as better fit than family’s fashion, design pursuits.

Banker Olivier de Givenchy has made a name for himself outside of the fashion and beauty sectors his family is famous for.

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