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Debt Financing: CyberDefender Corp., a downtown L.A. maker of computer security software, has received $5 million in debt financing from GR Match LLC. GR Match is an affiliate of Guthy-Renker LLC, a Palm Desert-based direct-marketing firm best known as a producer of infomercials.
Doubled Up: DoubleLine Capital LP, a new downtown L.A. investment services firm, has started two open-end mutual funds: DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund and DoubleLine Emerging Markets Fixed
Income Fund. The funds were launched by DoubleLine Funds Trust, a Delaware
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Fitting In: The Mukhande Yoga Studio has opened at 17609 Chatsworth St. in Granada Hills. Owner Tamera Hanna received help in launching her business from the Valley Economic Development Center’s West SFV Business Assistance Program.
Giving Some Lift: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a Canoga Park subsidiary of aerospace company United Technologies Corp., has donated $63,500 to Cal State Northridge. The colleges of engineering and computer sciences will receive $38,500, and $25,000 will go to the creation of a performing arts center.
Healthy Growth: Landmark Retail Group, a Woodland Hills subsidiary of NewMark Merrill Cos., has opened the first of seven scheduled CVS/pharmacy stores in 2010. The new CVS drugstore is at 5500 Hollywood Blvd.
Northern Push: Spillane Weingarten LLP, a Westwood-based law firm focused solely on business litigation, has opened a second office, in San Francisco. The outpost will pursue clients in the software, Internet and tech industries.
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Overseas Outpost: Liferay Inc., a Hacienda Heights-based maker of business software, has opened an office in Budapest, Hungary. The office will serve as a strategic development center, and training, consulting and support center for the Central and Eastern European markets.
Turnaround Honor: Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC, an El Segundo claims and noticing agent, was named Turnaround Product/Service of the Year for its corporate restructuring services in the M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards. The award honors excellence in deal-making in the distressed investing, corporate restructuring and turnaround marketplace. M&A Advisor is a Forest Hills, N.Y., support organization for the M&A, turnaround and financing industries.
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