Stories for August 2019

Friday, August 30

OnRobot's Human-Like Grippers Open Up Big Possibilities

OnRobot looks to grab opportunities on Earth — and beyond

OnRobot Inc. is working to develop grippers for industrial robots that mimic human abilities.

Tease photo

Snack Brand Gobbled Up

FOOD: Quest Nutrition sells for $1B to Colorado company

Colorado-based Simply Good Foods Co. makes a deal to acquire El Segundo’s Quest Nutrition for $1 billion.

Tease photo

Acquisition Binge Reshapes Tetra Tech

ENGINEERING: Firm shifts to high-margin lines

Tetra Tech Inc. has quietly gone on an acquisition spree over the last two years.

Tease photo

CAA Scores for Athletes

SPORTS: Agency sets pace through off-the-court deals

Century City-based Creative Artists Agency is dominating the business of representing athletes.

Tease photo

Special Report: Big Employers

Los Angeles County's largest employers grew their payrolls modestly over the past year, with health care companies leading the way. The Business Journal's annual survey of the county's 75 largest employers - 50 in the private sector and 25 in the public sector - found cumulative job growth rates of around 1% over the past year, slightly less than the countywide job growth rates reported in state data.

Tease photo

Staying Power

Investors are buying modest hotels but holding onto trophy properties

HOTELS A rising number of smaller, modest hotels in Los Angeles changed hands in the first half of this year.

Water Wise

Seth Maxwell I Thirst Project

Seth Maxwell of the Thirst Project takes the water crisis seriously — his work attire less so.

Tease photo

Final Homes for Sale in Playa Vista

Houses in Silicon Beach centerpiece start at $3.1M

RESIDENTIAL Homes at Taylor Morrison Inc.’s new Playa Vista development are now on the market.

Tease photo

AECOM Extends Nuclear Cleanup

Venture secures $725M for work at Hanford site

ENVIRONMENT A joint venture led by AECOM secured a $725 million one-year contract extension to treat radioactive waste.

Tease photo

LABJ INsider

A Diverse Lineup

Goings-on in L.A.’s business community.

Forever 21 Likely to File for Bankruptcy

Mall stalwart falters in changing landscape

Fashion retailer Forever 21 Inc. is reportedly on the brink of filing for bankruptcy protection.

Tease photo

Thursday, August 29

LiveXLive and Allied Esports Team Up to Produce Gaming Events

Live event producer LiveXLive Media Inc. announced today it will partner with Allied Esports Entertainment Inc. to put on live esports events.

Tease photo

March Capital Leads $4 Million Fundraise for Mobile Game Developer Knock Knock

Venture investment firm March Capital Partners led a $4 million funding round in mobile game developer Knock Knock Games Inc.

Tease photo

Actors' Union Re-Elects President Carteris

SAG-AFTRA members voted Aug. 28 to give Gabrielle Carteris another two-year term as president of a union diversifying its negotiation strategy within a changing entertainment business landscape.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Residential Real Estate Preparation Tips

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Here are some specific tips that will help you prepare your home for potential buyers to see it in the best possible light.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Realtors Partner with Food Recovery Network to Fight Hunger Across the United States

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

During its annual Leadership Summit in Chicago earlier this month, the National Association of Realtors announced a new commitment to fight hunger, as NAR will ensure all future events and meetings are Food Recovery Verified.

Tease photo

Wednesday, August 28

Bow West Wraps West Adams Redevelopment

Downtown-based developer Bow West Capital has completed La Cienega Place, a 29,000-square-foot creative office space conversion in West Adams, just outside of Culver City.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: When Back to School Shopping Includes a House

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

The act of moving into a new home or selling a home can be a hectic period for both home buyers and sellers. So it is not surprising to learn that changing residences with children in tow adds another level of chaos to the process.

Tease photo

Dine Brands Partners with Grubhub

Restaurant operator Dine Brands of Glendale on Tuesday announced a partnership with meal delivery platform Grubhub to feature more of its Applebee’s and IHOP locations on the Grubhub app.

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Stephanie Younger

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

A Los Angeles native and a top real estate agent in the area, Stephanie Younger has brought a world of experience and vision to her clients throughout her long and successful real estate career.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Larry Young

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

This year marks Larry Young’s 31st year selling real estate in Los Angeles. Whether you are buying or selling, his old-fashioned work ethic, coupled with expertise in sales and customer service, makes him a wise choice for the discerning client seeking a consistently ethical agent.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Ron Wynn

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Considered one of the top 100 sales associates in the nation for the past 10 years, Ron Wynn was previously among the top 10 agents for Coldwell Banker in the world for over 15 years consecutively and currently holds the number 14 position among all agents for the state of California and #49 among all agents in the United States.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jonah Wilson

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Aborn and raised Angeleno with deep family roots in the entertainment business, Jonah Wilson has consistently operated in the upper reaches of LA’s luxury market for the last 30 years.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Branden and Rayni Williams

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Dynamic husband-and-wife real estate team Branden and Rayni Williams are the co-founders of Williams & Williams Estates Group in Beverly Hills.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Konstantine Valissarakos

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Konstantine Valissarakos boasts a notable career that spans 30 years, where he has built a strong portfolio of high net-worth clientele and sold over $1 billion in real estate, with an emphasis on historically and architecturally significant estates in Beachwood Canyon, Bronson Canyon and Los Feliz.

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Mauricio Umansky

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Founder and CEO of The Agency, Mauricio Umansky set out to create an industry-disrupting brokerage that would redefine the business of real estate. Since its inception in 2011,

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Bobby Syed

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Based in Beverly Hills, Bobby Syed brings over 18 years of specialized experience in representing the estates of Beverly Hills and Bel-Air.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Kerry Ann Sullivan

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Before becoming part of the Halton Pardee family, Kerry Ann Sullivan was a friend and mentee of Tami Pardee and recalls how generous and empowering she has always been when it comes to her team.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Andrew Spitz and Harriet Cameron

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Andrew Spitz and Harriet Cameron are real estate professionals that have become legendary as being among the city’s most prominent representatives for premier properties in Sherman Oaks, Encino, Studio City, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Toluca Lake, and Los Angeles’ Westside.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: F. Ron Smith and David Berg

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Smith and Berg Partners at Compass, led by F. Ron Smith and David Berg, is a team of Southern California real estate experts covering the entire Los Angeles area, from the hills to the sea.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Courtney Smith and Kurt Wisner

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

With more than 1000 total units sold over the years, Courtney Smith and Kurt Wisner have assembled an incredible team of specialists — the “Courtney + Kurt Real Estate Team,” who “put the plus” in everything they do.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Marc and Sara Shevin

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

In the local real estate market, Marc and Sara Shevin are highly recognized, top-producing agents who are renowned by colleagues and clients alike for their integrity, loyalty, and professionalism.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jeremy Shelton

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

There are several outstanding qualities that make Jeremy Shelton of Strand Hill Properties/Christie’s one of the top agents in Manhattan Beach, two of which are consistency and an obsession to make his clients happy.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Ryan Shaw

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

According to Ryan Shaw, persistence is the key to be a successful realtor. He approaches real estate like a business with the level of sophistication, knowledge, and practice similar to that of any attorney or physician rather than that of a part-time career.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Michelle Schwartz

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

A Beverly Hills native, Michelle Schwartz was raised and immersed in Los Angeles real estate, learning the intricate nuances of each neighborhood.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Richard Schulman

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Richard Schulman is one of Keller Williams’ top producing agents and one of the top-producing agents in Los Angeles.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Teodorico Sajor

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Teodorico Sajor started his career in real estate in June of 2017 with KW Hollywood Hills.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Billy Rose

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Together with business partner, Mauricio Umansky, Billy Rose set out to redefine the real estate brokerage model and launched The Agency in 2011 - founded on the principles of sharing and collaboration.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Ash Rizk

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Ash Rizk has at the same office since the beginning of his real estate career.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Kevin and Brigitte Pratt

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

The vast experience and knowledge of the South Bay marketplace sets Kevin and Brigitte Pratt apart from the saturated real estate market they live in.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Katie Pardee

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Katie Pardee has been with Halton Pardee + Partners for more than 11 years and has been working exclusively with buyers for nearly 10, with $425 million in closed sales.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Tami Pardee

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

As founder and CEO of Halton Pardee + Partners, Tami Pardee has built a concierge real estate company that has sold over $3.6 billion worth of residential and commercial properties.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: David Offer

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

For over 27 years, David Offer has proudly built his real estate career, one satisfied client at a time.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Myra Nourmand

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

As one of the only owners/principals of a boutique residential luxury real estate brokerage in the country, Myra Nourmand clearly exists in a league of her own.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Michael Nourmand

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Michael Nourmand is a second-generation high-end real estate broker in Los Angeles and president of the luxury boutique brokerage, Nourmand & Associates.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Sherri and Jose Noel

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Sherri and Jose Noel have flawlessly led the Noel Team towards impressive success with over $122 million in closed volume in 2018.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jade Mills

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

In 2018, Mills was ranked the #2 real estate agent in the nation and #1 agent in Beverly Hills for Coldwell Banker.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Kelley and Todd Miller

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Kelley and Todd Miller have sold hundreds of homes, condos and income properties and have been ranked in the top 1% of real estate agents nationwide.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Sandra Miller

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Sandra Miller’s transaction volume in 2018 was $104,835,333.

Tease photo

Tuesday, August 27

Marcus & Millichap Brokers Deals for Nearly $30 Million Worth of Retail Assets

Brokerage Marcus & Millichap Inc. announced nearly $30 million worth of retail property sales on Aug. 21.

Tease photo

Fair Secures $100 Million Investment from Ally Financial

Online car leasing startup Fair announced Aug. 27 it raised a $100 million credit facility led by Ally Financial Services Inc. to help finance its existing business and buy cars for its users.

Mobile Game Developer Playtika Acquires Seriously Digital

Venice-based Seriously Digital Entertainment announced Aug. 26 it was acquired by Israeli mobile game developer Playtika Ltd.

Tease photo

Former Molina Healthcare CEO to Lead Claremont Colleges Medical School

A planned medical school at the Claremont Colleges has named Mario Molina, former chief executive of Molina Healthcare, as its founding dean, according to the Keck Graduate Institute.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Linda May

Over the last three decades, Linda May has become the go-to, luxury real estate broker in Los Angeles’ most prestigious neighborhoods, amassing over $4 billion dollars in sales.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Peter Maurice and Tregg Rustad

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Trusted advocates Peter Maurice and Tregg Rustad bring their more than 45 years of combined experience to provide keen strategy, skilled negotiation and market insight to help clientele achieve outstanding outcomes.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Andrew Manning

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Andrew Manning is a top realtor, helping clients buy and sell homes in the Encino, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, and Toluca Lake areas for over 30 years.

Tease photo

LAX Passenger Traffic Eked Out 0.4% Gain in July, but International Traffic Dipped

July passenger traffic at LAX edged up by 40,000 compared to July 2018 to reach nearly 8.5 million, but international passenger traffic was down, and air cargo tonnage fell as trade tariffs begun to cut into trade flows.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Rochelle Maize

Known as Los Angeles’ real estate maven, Rochelle Atlas Maize is synonymous with the gold standard of luxury real estate.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Ray Lyon

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Growing up on the East Coast, Ray Lyon learned early the importance of a good hustle in order to achieve great success.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jay Luchs and Steven Schaefer

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Jay Luchs has well established himself as one of the most successful commercial real estate brokers in the world.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Adi Livyatan

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

ALuxury Home Specialist, Adi Livyatan is a top producing real estate professional and is the number one agent in Rodeo Realty’s Sherman Oaks office.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jordana Leigh

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Jordana Leigh specializes in the sale of fine properties throughout the Westside of Los Angeles

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: David Kramer

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

David Kramer has consistently been a top-producing agent throughout the Westside for over 20 years.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: John Kostrey

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

In just over 10 years in the real estate industry, John Kostrey has established himself as a successful residential broker in the Los Angeles market.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Aaron Kirman

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Aaron Kirman, President of International Luxury Estates at Compass, is one of the leading real estate agents in the United States and has repeatedly been named ‘Top Agent in Los Angeles.’

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Eli Karon

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Based on the RealTrends rankings for 2019, Eli Karon already has over $42 million in transactional volume.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Ed Kaminsky

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

While showcase homes in the $30 to $100 million range are relatively common in places like Beverly Hills, Malibu and Hollywood Hills, it isn’t a price point that has yet reached the Beach Cities.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Audrey Judson

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

One of the reasons why Audrey Judson is so successful in real estate is because she thinks beyond each individual sale.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Sally Forster Jones

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Sally Forster Jones’ professional progression over the past 40+ years has resulted in her becoming one of the top real estate brokers in Southern California.

Tease photo

Hospitality Group SBE Opens New Office in Beverly Hills

Lifestyle hospitality company SBE, known for brands such as SLS Hotels and Katsuya, is expanding with a new office in Beverly Hills.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jeff Hyland

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Jeff Hyland is a real estate expert, architectural historian and the co-founder and President of Hilton & Hyland.

Tease photo

Monday, August 26

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Juliette Hohnen

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Juliette Hohnen, one of the top real estate agents in Los Angeles, has parlayed her relationships internationally, on both coasts and in the entertainment business into an unstoppable and unique real estate selling machine.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: James (Jimmy) Heckenberg

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Jimmy Heckenberg is well recognized in Beverly Hills and the entire Westside for his top producing Heckenberg Realty Group Sales Team.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: James Harris and David Parnes

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

James Harris and David Parnes, who serve as directors for The Agency and are known from Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, specialize in high-end residential real estate and investment properties in Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Holmby Hills, Sunset Strip, the Hollywood Hills, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and the greater Los Angeles region.

Tease photo

Media Startup Led by Former Riot Games Brass Raises $3.6 Million

El Segundo motion picture and video game producer Wonderstorm Inc., founded by three former Riot Games Inc. leaders, has raised $3.6 million in new financing.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jon Grauman

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

As a Los Angeles native, Jon Grauman is intimately familiar with the city where he has spent his entire life.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Tomer and Isidora Fridman

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

An award-winning duo, Tomer and Isidora Fridman rank in the top percentage of real estate agents nationwide.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Orthodontists See Health Benefits of New Techniques

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

The average adult dreams of having straighter teeth but may not want to get traditional braces…largely because of the way they look.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Fasting Mimicking Diet May Spark Healthier Lifestyle

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Imagine if your body could achieve all the health benefits of five-day fasting .... while you enjoy eating some delicious and nutrient-rich food! Thanks to a nutri-technology company called L-Nutra and years of scientific research, there is now a way to actually mimic the fasting process without completely depriving yourself of food.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Steve Frankel

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Steve Frankel is one of the most successful realtors in the nation with $1.5 billion in residential sales over a distinguished 25-year career.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Non-Surgical Innovations in Aesthetics

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Almost everyone wants to improve or enhance their physical appearance, but many are gun-shy about going under the knife. Modern technology has ushered in a number of new techniques and procedures that allow for tangible aesthetic results without surgery.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Leah Guerra

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Leah Guerra is a broker associate with Keller Williams Hollywood Hills. Well versed in market trends as well as investment opportunities, Guerra has successfully worked with a multitude of clients in various industries.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Joshua Flagg

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Josh Flagg, co-star of “Million Dollar Listing,” is one of America’s most successful and sought-after luxury real estate agents, having completed more than two billion dollars in residential real estate sales in the past 14 years.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Drew Fenton

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

With over $3 billion in sales since 2007, Drew Fenton has represented the most pedigreed and significant estates in Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, and Bel-Air.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Tracy Do

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Tracy Do a is force in real estate, managing a team that ranks in the highest echelons locally, regionally and nationally.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Matt Epstein

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Matt Epstein co-formed the real estate team that grew to be known as Powerhouse Partners, one of the top real estate teams in the southern San Fernando Valley.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Barry Dantagnan

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Barry Dantagnan has consistently been the number one or number two broker in the Sherman Oaks Coldwell Banker office for the past 24 years.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Finalists

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

THE ACHIEVABLE FOUNDATION Community Clinic

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Cloudbreak Health - Health Care Supplier of the Year

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Cloudbreak Health offers a simple, flexible, and cost-effective platform for hospitals and health providers to access a full suite of telehealth solutions on a variety of devices.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre - Community Clinic of the Year

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Since 1986, Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre (KPET) has provided free health education assemblies and workshops to students and families throughout Southern California, touching the lives of more than 7.3 million students and adults.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: St. John's Well Child and Family - Community Clinic of the Year

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center (St. John’s) is an extraordinary network of federally qualified health centers (FQHC) that is leading the way in redefining what it means to deliver comprehensive healthcare to more than 100,000 low-income residents of South Los Angeles.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: National Health Foundation Recuperative Care Collaborative - Health Care Non Profit Organizaton of the Year

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

What if there was a partnership and funding mechanism that could save Los Angeles healthcare systems millions of dollars in healthcare costs while also serving specific needs of individuals experiencing homelessness?

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Huntington Orthopedics Institute - Top Orthopedic Program of the Year

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Whether treating a painful fractured hip or repairing damage to the delicate bones of the human hand, Huntington Orthopedics Institute’s commitment to providing individual attention and ensuring patient satisfaction has inspired U.S. News and the Joint Commission to recognize the Institute as a leader in orthopedic care.

Tease photo

Kim Kardashian to Launch Undergarment Line Skims Next Month

Reality TV megastar Kim Kardashian West is slated to launch a new line of shapewear undergarments, dubbed Skims, on Sept. 10.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Los Angeles Center for Women's Health - Top Breast Cancer/Women's Health Program of the Year

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

To serve the particular health care needs of women, the California Hospital Medical Center offers the free standing, ultra-modern Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center - Top Cancer/Oncology Program of the Year

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Keck Medicine of USC — which includes the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Keck Medical Center of USC and Keck Hospital of USC — is the highest-ranked cancer provider in Southern California and among the top cancer providers in the country.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Jill Epstein

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Jill Epstein has been a successful high-end real estate agent in the Los Angeles market for over 30 years.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Christophe Choo

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Christophe Choo is an award-winning, top-producing luxury real estate agent with over 32 years of experience serving Los Angeles’ most elite Westside neighborhoods.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center - Hospital/Medical Center of the Year

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Founded in 1955, UCLA Medical Center became Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in 2008, reopening in a new 10-story structure (eight above ground) that takes hospital design to a new level. The latest medical advances are provided in a welcoming environment that is filled with light and open spaces to enhance a sense of wellness and promote healing.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Tim Durkovic

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Tim Durkovic approaches real estate differently. He combines his background in the arts as a concert pianist to market his business in a unique way.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Dennis Chernov

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Dennis Chernov started his career in real estate at the young age of 16, showing his destiny for success right away.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Stanley L. Friedman - Trusted Advisor of the Year

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Since the mid-nineties, Stanley L. Friedman’s private practice has focused on white-collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, trials and appeals.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Jonathan Landon - Executive of the Year

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Jonathan Landon is Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives at City of Hope and Chief-of-Staff for Dr. Harlan Levine, President of Strategy and Business Ventures.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Dave Caskey

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Throughout his 30 years in the real estate industry, Dave Caskey of Caskey & Caskey and Associates (Strand Hill Christie’s) has constantly provided the highest level of service with uncompromising attention to each client’s individual real estate needs and goals.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Ben Bacal

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Ben Bacal’s sales record (including a total transaction volume of more than $80 million) illustrates over the past decade and a half that he has earned a solid reputation for obtaining the highest prices per square foot and final selling prices within the most exclusive neighborhoods in the Westside of Los Angeles.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Paul S. Viviano - Executive of the Year

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles President and Chief Executive Officer Paul S. Viviano is leading and shaping the future of children’s health locally and nationally.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Beatriz Mallory - Executive of the Year

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Beatriz Mallory has dedicated much of her professional career to “getting to zero” health disparities throughout the healthcare system and supporting the best possible outcomes for all patients.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Ernie Carswell

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Founder and head of Ernie Carswell & Associates, one of Douglas Elliman California’s top teams, Ernie Carswell is a member of Douglas Elliman’s Sports & Entertainment Division.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Santiago Arana

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Ranked #7 in the country and #3 in California, Santiago Arana has gained a reputation as one of the most distinguished real estate agents in Los Angeles, garnering national recognition.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Boni Bryant and Joe Reichling

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

The Bryant Reichling team at Compass is led by Boni Bryant and Joe Reichling, partners for 13 years.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Josh and Matt Altman - The Altman Brothers

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

The Altman Brothers are among the top producing real estate agents in the country, stars of BRAVO’s “Million Dollar Listing,” and the number one team at Douglas Elliman in California.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Frank Bruno

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Frank Bruno is a full time realtor with Keller Williams Realty in the Sunset Strip office.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Cástulo de la Rocha - Executive of the Year

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Under the transformative leadership of Cástulo de la Rocha, president and CEO of AltaMed Health Services, the organization has grown from one storefront barrio clinic in East Los Angeles during the 70s, into the nation’s largest federally qualified community health center with 52 accredited sites in Southern California.

Tease photo

Who's Brokering Los Angeles: Rosemary Allison

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Rosemary Allison is one of the most well respected and sought after agents in the business.

Tease photo

New Dawn For 6AM Site in LA?

SunCal Project Inks Trade Agreement

There are signs of life for a high-profile downtown Los Angeles project being overseen by Irvine’s SunCal Cos.

Tease photo

Friday, August 23

China Plans Tariffs on $75 Billion in US Products in Retaliation to Trump Trade Policies

The U.S -China trade war intensified on Friday, jolting the stock market and sending a collective shiver of worry among Los Angeles retailers, distributors and manufacturers.

Tease photo

Rick Fox Sued by Echo Fox Partners

One week after Riot Games Inc. kicked Echo Fox out of its "League of Legends" esports tournament, the company itself is looking to kick out its celebrity founding owner Rick Fox, saying he owes the other investors at least $2.5 million.

Tease photo

Sinclair Closes $11 Billion Deal for Regional Sports Network

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. announced Aug. 23 it had closed a $10.6 billion deal to acquire 21 regional sports networks once owned by 21st Century Fox Inc., including downtown-based Fox Sports West and Fox Prime Ticket.

Tease photo

Mall Makeovers

LA shopping centers enjoy a resurgence thanks to pricey renovations, food upgrades

Tease photo

Port Offers Shippers Cash Incentive

LA Program helps boost cargo volume and fees

LA Program helps boost cargo volume and fees

Tease photo

LA Looks to Manage Properties

Proposed nonprofit would identify opportunities for city

Proposed nonprofit would identify opportunities for city

Tease photo

Strong Second Quarter for Downtown Market

Arts District gains drive higher net absorption rates

Arts District gains drive higher net absorption rates

Tease photo

Allied Universal Renews Focus on LA Market

Special Report: Big Employers

Security firm expands local presence through a series of acquisitions

Tease photo

Echo Fox Faces Leadership Clashes

Sale of tournament slot prompts infighting

Sale of tournament slot prompts infighting

Tease photo

CAN DO SPIRITS

Premixed cocktails, hard seltzers gaining on beer’s dominance

Premixed cocktails, hard seltzers gaining on beer’s dominance

Tease photo

Fire Doesn’t Burn UMG

ENTERTAINMENT: Label sees lift from digital music

ENTERTAINMENT: Label sees lift from digital music

Tease photo

Aerospace Property Soars

REAL ESTATE: Fresh uses for older manufacturing sites

REAL ESTATE: Fresh uses for older manufacturing sites

Tease photo

Signs of Change at Riot

GAMING: Action against Echo Fox sends a ‘message’

GAMING: Action against Echo Fox sends a ‘message’

LABJ INsider

To Your Health

Like a proverbial Gordian knot, health care perplexes both businesses and communities.

A STEADY RISE

Special Report: Big Employers

LA County’s top employers made modest payroll gains in the last 12 months

Tease photo

The Good Fight

Jaime Davila I Campanario Entertainment

Jaime Davila likes things to be utilitarian — and also beautiful.

Tease photo

Thursday, August 22

Suburban Retail Center in Monrovia Sells for $31 Million

Monrovia Landing, a bustling retail center in the San Gabriel Valley suburbs with an Aldi grocery and other big-box stores, has sold for $30.5 million.

Tease photo

El Segundo’s Quest Nutrition Picked Up for $1 Billion

In a deal that marries two diet crazes, maker of a low-carb line of Atkins products, Simply Good Foods Co., picked up El Segundo-based Quest Nutrition for $1 billion.

Tease photo

Pasadena Campus Sells for $30 Million

Graymark Capital Inc. and Eightfold Real Estate Capital purchased a nearly 219,000-square-foot office campus in Pasadena for $30 million.

Tease photo

Wednesday, August 21

XFL Names L.A. Team the Wildcats

The XFL, a professional football league that will start in February, unveiled its team names and logos Aug. 21, with Los Angeles getting the moniker of Wildcats.

Tease photo

Brainbase Brings in $3 Million

Intellectual property licensing software developer Brainbase Inc. announced August 20 it raised a $3 million seed round led by Struck Capital.

Tease photo

Mobile Game Developer Scopely Expands Internationally

Scopely is expanding its footprint in Europe, more than tripling its office space in Barcelona and upgrading its existing facility in Dublin.

Tease photo

Tala Raises $110 Million Series D

Santa Monica-based financial technology startup Tala completed a $110 million Series D raise to expand its market reach in India and continue developing its mobile micro-lending platform.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: RLC: Burglary Law Should Apply to Serial Shoplifters

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

This term, the Tennessee Supreme Court will decide whether the state of Tennessee can use its burglary statute to prosecute serial shoplifters who have been issued no-trespass warnings, banning them from re-entering retail stores.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: Data Reveals Changes in Student Performance on the California Bar Exam

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Late last year the State Bar released the fourth report in a series of studies designed to examine the decline in pass rates on the California Bar Exam.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: Los Angeles County Bar Association Offers 40-Hour Mediation Training Program

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), one of the largest voluntary metropolitan bar associations in the country, late last year introduced a new 40-Hour Mediation Training program with a curriculum designed to fulfill the training requirements of the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: New Book Explores Forensic Experts’ Role in Construction Litigation

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

A recently published book by the American Bar Association, “The Effective Use of Forensic Experts in Construction Litigation” will help a litigation or arbitration team become more persuasive in telling the story about each construction issue or problem in a way that makes the complex case easier to understand, makes the truth more self-evident and exposes the fallacies of any attempt to conceal the truth.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: New Book Examines Legal Implications of AI

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of smart machines are shaking up law and society. Companies, governments and universities implement AI without a full understanding of its legal and regulatory threats.

Best Places to Work 2019 Spotlight: Harbor Distributing, L.L.C.

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Harbor Distributing, L.L.C. is part of Reyes Beer Division (RBD), a group of beer distributorships owned by parent company Reyes Holdings, L.L.C.

Tease photo

Best Places to Work 2019: Creating Value for the Multigenerational Workforce

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

With historic low unemployment, there is a battle for talent and benefits are at the forefront.

Tease photo

Best Places to Work 2019: Employee Benefits - Wellness Counts in Building a Culture that Lasts!

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

As employers are looking to create dynamic cultures to recruit and retain, benefits have been known to be a driving force in this effort.

Tease photo

Tuesday, August 20

Southwest Airlines Cuts LAX Flights to Mexico, Omaha, Pittsburgh

Southwest Airlines has announced that it's cutting four flights at LAX starting in January. The nonstop flights serve Cancun and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, as well as Omaha, Neb., and Pittsburgh.

Tease photo

LA Times to Pay $16 Million in Age-Discrimination Lawsuit, Soon-Shiong Off the Hook

A Los Angeles jury awarded $15.5 million to T.J. Simers in the journalist’s long-running age-discrimination lawsuit against the Los Angeles Times, but new Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong will pay none of it.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: JAMES J. YUKEVICH

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

James J. Yukevich is the founding partner of Yukevich | Cavanaugh, a Firm that consistently delivers on its mission; to give each client a special level of service and outstanding results in Civil Litigation defense.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: DAVID WILLINGHAM

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Clients regularly turn to Boies Schiller Flexner’s David Willingham to litigate their most complex, high-stakes matters.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: BART WILLIAMS

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Bart Williams is one of the nation’s most sought after trial lawyers. A strategic, diligent and dignified litigator with a wealth of experience across commercial litigation, while collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations, Williams is frequently called in just weeks before a case in order to deliver the win.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: ALEX WEINGARTEN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Alex Weingarten is the preeminent trial attorney specializing in the litigation of trust and estate disputes involving celebrities.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: PERRIE WEINER

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Perrie Weiner is the Partner in Charge of Baker McKenzie's Los Angeles office and Chair of the Firm's North America Securities Litigation Group.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: CAROLYN TOTO

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Carolyn Toto, a Pillsbury Intellectual Property litigation partner in Los Angeles, advises technology industry leaders on all aspects of IP litigation, strategic prosecution and portfolio management, and licensing.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: VIVIAN LEE THOREEN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Holland & Knight’s Private Wealth Services practice is among the largest in the United States.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: JEFFREY S. HORTON THOMAS

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

From Fortune 500 corporations to mid-market employers, Jeffrey Horton Thomas focuses his practice on representing employers and management in all aspects of California and federal employment law before courts and administrative agencies.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: JULIA B. STRICKLAND

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

As chair of Stroock’s national Financial Services Litigation, Regulation and Enforcement Group managing 36 attorneys, Julia Strickland is often the first attorney financial services companies call when they need anything from practical guidance to a fierce defense of a contentious and high stakes litigation matter, as well as for counseling on federal or state regulatory compliance or matters arising from lending and servicing, retail banking, real estate, unfair and deceptive practices.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MATTHEW STEINBERG

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Matthew Steinberg has been a fixture in the Southern California litigation community for the past 40 years.

Tease photo

Disney Announces Streaming Service Launch Dates

The Walt Disney Co. has unveiled international launch dates and pricing for its upcoming streaming service Disney+.

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MICHAEL A. SHERMAN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Michael A. Sherman left a career as a business trial lawyer in “big law” in 2014 to start the business litigation practice at the market-leading tech law firm headquartered in Sherman Oaks and Santa Monica, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: DAVID K. SCHULTZ

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

David Schultz is a distinguished litigation and appellate attorney at the very top of his field.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: CHRISTIAN SCALI

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Christian Scali has a diverse automotive industry practice that includes advice and counsel and complex and high stakes litigation, involving franchise disputes, lender liability, reinsurance and flooring disputes, consumer finance, consumer and wage and hour class actions, high stakes employment litigation, trade secret misappropriation and corporate shareholder and partnership disputes.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: TONY M. SAIN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Tony M. Sain is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Manning & Kass, where he practices on the Governmental Entity Liability Team protecting public agencies and officers in civil rights actions and employment cases, as well as other clients in general litigation, including the defense of public and private entity tort cases, and the counseling of entertainment-related transactional matters and entertainment-related litigation, primarily on behalf of artists.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: JASON D. RUSSELL

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Jason Russell is the leader of the Los Angeles Litigation Group and co-head of the West Coast litigation practice where he has garnered widespread recognition.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: NICHOLAS ROWLEY

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Many consider Nicholas C. Rowley, founder of Trial Lawyers for Justice and Partner at Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley, to be the most accomplished trial lawyer of his generation, having won more than $1.5 billion in verdicts and settlements for injury victims and families across the country.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: RICK RICHMOND

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Rick Richmond is a commercial litigator and founding partner of Jenner & Block’s Los Angeles office, serving as its managing partner for nearly a decade.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: ARJUN RAO

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Arjun Rao has built a national reputation for handling high stakes consumer class actions and financial services litigation including regulatory matters and government investigations, as well as defending companies in a wide range of actions.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: EUGENE P. RAMIREZ

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Eugene P. Ramirez is a founding partner of Manning & Kass and leads the Governmental Entity Liability; Military and Veterans Law; and School Civil Liability Teams. Ramirez is a frequently quoted national expert in police use of Body Worn Cameras.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: SCOTT RAHN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Scott Rahn is the Founding and Managing Partner of RMO LLP.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MARVIN S. PUTNAM

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

During the past two years, Marvin Putnam has been tapped as a go-to lawyer in cases connected to the #MeToo Movement, representing high-profile entertainment and media clients to conduct internal investigations, assist with government inquiries, and manage crises responses.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: TIMOTHY L. PIERCE

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Timothy Pierce’s practice focuses on construction industry matters, representing clients from the inception of a project and the formation of contracts to the resolution of claims in litigation.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: ROBERT W. PERRIN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Robert Perrin has led Latham & Watkins’ Los Angeles Litigation Department for over 12 years as its Co-Chair.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: DALE ORTMANN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Dale Ortmann is a senior shareholder and co-founder of Hunt Ortmann, with 40 years of experience in construction and real estate law.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MICHAEL MURPHY

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Michael Murphy has extensive experience in litigation and matters involving corporate governance disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, fraud, defamation, the anti-SLAPP statute, trademark and trade dress litigation, trade secrets, real estate litigation, among others.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: ANN MARIE MORTIMER

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Since joining Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in 2006, Ann Marie Mortimer has become one of the premier class action litigation attorneys in the Los Angeles region and statewide, handling an impressive volume of complex, high profile cases.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: PETER B. MORRISON

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Peter B. Morrison has a broad litigation practice, with a particular emphasis on takeover and securities litigation.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: JOSHUA MIZRAHI

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Mizrahi is a Shareholder in Buchalter’s Los Angeles office and a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: LOUIS R. (SKIP) MILLER

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Skip Miller represents clients from celebrities to Fortune 500 companies to government in litigation matters.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: SANFORD L. MICHELMAN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Sanford Michelman continues to have his thumbprint on some of the most significant cases in the country – let alone Los Angeles.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: SANFORD L. MICHELMAN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Sanford Michelman continues to have his thumbprint on some of the most significant cases in the country – let alone Los Angeles.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: CRAIG J. MARIAM

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Craig J. Mariam is an experienced trial and litigation partner at Gordon & Rees.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: JEFF MARGULIES

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Jeff Margulies has a leading practice representing consumer product manufacturers and retailers in regulatory compliance, enforcement and litigation, including consumer class action litigation.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: BARRY MACNAUGHTON

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Barry MacNaughton focuses on business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on real estate matters, specific performance, eminent domain, purchase and sale disputes and partnership disputes.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MARK LITVACK

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Mark Litvack is an accomplished litigator with experience in trademark, copyright and general commercial cases from New York to California and from Florida to Washington.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: SUSAN LEADER

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Akin Gump partner Susan Leader is a recognized leading litigator in California with an impressive track record for securing favorable verdicts in highly publicized, bet-the-company cases.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: REBECCA LAWLOR

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Rebecca Lawlor Calkins is a partner in the Litigation practice group at Greenspoon Marder LLP.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: STEPHEN G. LARSON

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Former U.S. District Judge and Magistrate Judge, Stephen G. Larson may be the only former federal judge who maintains an active trial practice.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MICHAEL KUMP

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Michael Kump, name partner at leading entertainment litigation boutique Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert, has been at the forefront of numerous high profile matters in the past two years.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: DALE KINSELLA

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Dale Kinsella is a nationally known trial lawyer specializing in the areas of entertainment and intellectual property litigation.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: ERIC KENNEDY

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Eric Kennedy is a Shareholder in the Los Angeles office of Buchalter.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MARK D. KEMPLE

Mark D. Kemple, Greenberg Traurig’s national Co-Chair of its L&E Class and Collective Action Practice and leader of its southern California L&E Practice, is nationally recognized as one of the leading labor and employment class and collective action litigators.

Tease photo

Monday, August 19

USGS Awards $2.2 Million to Caltech for Earthquake Warning System

The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $2.2 million to Caltech for additional development on ShakeAlert, an earthquake early warning system.

Disney lays off more than 100 at Fox Studios

Walt Disney Co. plans to lay off an additional 124 employees at 20th Century Fox Film Corp., the latest pink slips from the landmark merger.

Tease photo

'Daycation' service ResortPass raises $9 million

A Santa Monica-based booking service that offers day passes to high-end hotels raised $8.7 million in a new funding round, according to an Aug. 19 Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: STEVEN KAUFMANN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Steven Kaufmann is one of the foremost Coastal Commission land use lawyers in California.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MOEZ M. KABA

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Moez Kaba is a co-founder of Hueston Hennigan LLP.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: ROLAND JUAREZ

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Roland Juarez is known for handling high-stakes labor and employment cases for some of California’s largest and most high-profile employers, and he has successfully defended clients against the most challenging claims facing employers in California and across the nation

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: LAWRENCE ISER

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Lawrence Iser, the Managing Partner of KWIKA, handles complex, high profile matters around the country for clients including Mattel, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Saban Brands, Warner Chappell, Del Records, ICM Partners, Roland Corporation, and iconic musical artists including Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Byrne and Richard Carpenter.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: JOHN C. HUESTON

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

John Hueston continues to serve California in key leadership positions.

Tease photo

Best Places to Work 2019: The Best Small Companies to Work for in Los Angeles

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Kardent Design is a firm founded on the principles of establishing relationship with “happy clients”.

Beverly Hills BMW Dealership Property Sells for $70 Million

The property that houses a BMW dealership in Beverly Hills has sold for $70 million.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MARK HOLSCHER

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Mark Holscher’s 30-year career has cemented him as one of California’s most creative and winning trial attorneys.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: CRAIG HOLDEN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Craig Holden is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois, co-chair of the national Complex Business & Commercial Litigation and White Collar Defense Practices, and vice-chair of the Directors & Officers and Securities Litigation Practice.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: J. MIRA HASHMALL

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Mira Hashmall is an exceptional litigator and certified appellate specialist with a broad range of experience litigating complex civil matters.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: DAVID GRAELER

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

David Graeler serves as Chair of Nossaman’s Litigation Practice Department and Co-Chair of its Real Estate Practice Group.

Tease photo

Best Places to Work 2019: The Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work for in Los Angeles

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Hughes Marino is an industry-leading commercial real estate firm that exclusively represents tenants and buyers — never landlords – so there is never a conflict of interest.

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: JUSTIN M. GOLDSTEIN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Justin M. Goldstein has extensive trial and appellate experience handling a wide range of business, entertainment, and intellectual property disputes in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: JEFFREY D. GOLDMAN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

AJeffrey D. Goldman is among the nation’s top music litigators, having represented as lead counsel all of the world’s major record companies and music publishing companies, and having received an Honorary Gold Record by the Recording Industry Association of America for his work on the Napster copyright infringement case.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: JULIE R. F. GERCHIK

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Julie R. F. Gerchik litigates all types of complex commercial matters including financial institution matters, securities litigation and regulatory matters, real estate and developer disputes, technology and IP matters, and entertainment matters.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MICHAEL GARFINKEL

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Michael Garfinkel is an entertainment and media litigator with more than 25 years' experience navigating his clients' most challenging issues.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: DEBORAH J. FOX

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Deborah Fox is a Partner in the Los Angeles office of Meyers Nave and a member of the firm’s three-person Executive Committee.

Tease photo

Best Places to Work 2019: The Best Large Companies to Work for in Los Angeles

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Clune Construction is a national, employee-owned general contractor, with more than 600 talented professionals located in five offices across the U.S. Since 1997, the company has been providing construction management services for some of the most well known companies in the world.

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MILES FELDMAN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Miles Feldman is a founding partner of Raines Feldman LLP. He heads the Trials, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of the firm with more than 12 litigators.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: VINCE FARHAT

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Vince Farhat is a partner in Holland & Knight's Los Angeles office and a member of the West Coast Litigation Group, Compliance Services Team, and Healthcare & Life Sciences Team.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: SCOTT A. EDELMAN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Scott A. Edelman has first-chaired numerous jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations, including class actions, taking well over 20 cases to final verdict or decision.

Tease photo

Multifamily Project in South Gate Gets $80 Million Loan

Developer JPI has received $80 million for construction of Jefferson on Imperial in South Gate.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: ERIC EARLY

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Eric Early, who recently announced he is running for Congress, was a candidate for California Attorney General in the 2018 California Primary.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MARK DROOKS

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Mark Drooks focuses his practice on civil litigation and arbitration. He has been lead counsel in more than 50 civil trials and arbitrations that have been litigated to final decision.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: RICHARD J. DOREN

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

For the last 30 years, Rich Doren has solidified a reputation among clients and peers as a masterful litigator and trial attorney.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MARISSA DENNIS

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Marissa M. Dennis is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Allen Matkins where she was recently appointed Office Operating Partner.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: JOHN DARLING

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

John Darling is an effective senior commercial litigator with a nationwide practice focused on the resolution of construction and commercial real estate conflicts and on complex business litigation across numerous industry groups and business sectors

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: KARIN A. CURTIS

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Karin A. Curtis is an experienced trial and litigation attorney at Gordon & Rees.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: ROBYN CROWTHER

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Robyn Crowther, who serves as co-managing partner of Steptoe’s Los Angeles office, has considerable first-chair trial and arbitration experience across a variety of litigation fields.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: CHARLES COX

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Charles (Chuck) Cox is the leader of Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles Litigation Team and a partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation Group.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: MORGAN CHU

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Morgan Chu of Irell & Manella has secured a string of the world’s largest — and in some cases precedent-setting — verdicts, judgments and settlements, resulting in actual payments totaling more than $5 billion.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: TODD A. CAVANAUGH

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Todd A. Cavanaugh is the Co-Managing Partner of Yukevich Cavanaugh, a firm that consistently delivers on its mission — to give each client a special level of service and outstanding results in civil litigation defense.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: RALPH CAMPILLO

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Ralph Campillo is a nationally renowned trial attorney whose specialty includes mass torts and all forms of complex litigation, including product liability, commercial disputes, and class actions.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: JOSHUA BRIONES

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Joshua Briones, a Litigation Member at Mintz and Managing Member of its Los Angeles office, is a highly experienced trial lawyer with a national practice.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: WILLIAM BRIGGS

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

William Briggs has handled a number of high-profile matters within the entertainment industry over the last year.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: KIMBERLY BRANSCOME

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Kimberly Branscome is a highly regarded trial lawyer with a proven ability to provide effective counseling in crisis situations.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: STEVEN E. BLEDSOE

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Steven E. Bledsoe is a senior partner and trial lawyer at the litigation boutique Larson O'Brien LLP.

Tease photo

Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers: ANGELA AGRUSA

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Angela Agrusa knows that in the time it takes for a video to go viral, her agility in defense of her clients’ brands has never been more important.

Tease photo

Friday, August 16

Unemployment Steady in L.A. County Despite Seasonal Job Losses

L.A. County’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.5% in July.

Mercury Loses Bid to Overturn State $28M Fine

Wilshire Center-based Mercury General Corp. lost its bid to overturn a $27.6 million state fine over auto insurance surcharges as the state Supreme Court declined to review the case, the state Department of Insurance announced Aug. 15.

Tease photo

Colony Capital Plots Revival

FINANCE: Investment firm will sell assets, shift strategy

INVESTORS After missteps, Colony Capital Inc. is selling assets and overhauling its strategy in a turnaround effort.

Tease photo

Just Add Water

Execs benefit by mixing business, pleasure yachts in Marina del Rey

Entertaining clients on the water is the epitome of combining business and pleasure.

Tease photo

Health-Ade Brews Success

Drinks: Kombucha brand attracts Coca-Cola investment

L.A.-born Health-Ade is a leader in the $815 million kombucha industry, attracting investments from Coca-Cola Co. and venture capitalists.

Tease photo

Nuclear Waste Plagues Edison

ENERGY: Utility stymied in bid to dispose of spent fuel

NUCLEAR Southern California Edison is trying to figure out what to do with 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste.

Tease photo

BROAD CLOTH

Mark Rios I Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Mark Rios of architecture firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios is adding fashion design to his portfolio.

Tease photo

Architect Ma to Design BH Housing

Gardenhouse units will start at $3.7 million

Ma Yansong, the architect behind the upcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, is designing a housing development in Beverly Hills.

Tease photo

Tech-Friendly Agency Grabs Top Brokers

Compass counts 2,360 agents in Southern California

Startup real estate agency Compass is recruiting L.A.’s top agents.

Tease photo

Jakks Spurns Chinese Bid

Troubled toy-maker sets $140M recapitalization plan

Toy-maker Jakks Pacific Inc. fends off a takeover bid from a Chinese toy and entertainment company looking to expand in the U.S.

A Rising Tide

Silicon Beach sees a growing labor pool, surging demand for office space

Silicon Beach neighborhoods have seen a growing number of workers in the technology sector and rising demand for office space.

Tease photo

LABJ INsider

Let them eat tacos, or shop at Tiffany’s

Goings-on in L.A.’s business community.

Best Places to Work 2019: The Best Large Companies to Work for in Los Angeles

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Clune Construction is a national, employee-owned general contractor, with more than 600 talented professionals located in five offices across the U.S.

Best Places to Work for in Los Angeles 2019: How We Did It!

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

The Best Places to Work in Los Angeles is an annual celebration of elite employers who have proven that they know what it takes to create environments where people love to come to work.

The Best Places to Work for in Los Angeles 2019: A Look at the Winners

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

What makes a company a great place to work? One consideration is the brand a company has developed and how that brand in perceived as a workplace by other organizations and the world at large.

Thursday, August 15

Feds Ding Meruelo for Fake Emergency Alert

The Federal Communications Commission has fined and entered into a consent decree with Alex Meruelo’s Meruelo Radio Holdings after one of the company's radio stations played the Emergency Alert System tone as a sound effect.

Tease photo

Hacienda Heights Multifamily Building Sells for $34 Million

Sagewood Gardens, a 162-unit senior living community in Hacienda Heights, has sold for $34.4 million.

Tease photo

LA Financial Credit Union to Merge with Ventura County Credit Union

Pasadena-based L.A. Financial Credit Union has agreed to merge into the Ventura County Credit Union, creating an institution with $1.3 billion in assets and serving 120,000 members in California and Arizona.

Romance Movie Streamer Stirs Investors’ Passion

Elon Musk's sister founded PassionFlix, a streaming service that turns steamy romance novels into amorous movies. According to an Aug. 13 SEC filing, PassionFlix has raised $6.8 million in new funding.

Tease photo

Prologis Buys 11-Acre Site in Commerce for $41 Million

Logistics real estate company Prologis Inc. has purchased an 11-acre industrial site in Commerce for $41.4 million.

Tease photo

Wednesday, August 14

$806M Contract Awarded for Construction of Foothill Gold Line Light Rail Extension

The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority has awarded an $805.6 million contract to Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. and Parsons Corp. to extend the rail line from Glendora to Pomona.

Tease photo

Rare Office Building in Hermosa Sells

The Bijou Building, a roughly 23,000-square-foot building in Hermosa Beach, has sold for $18 million. It is a three-story mixed-use building with office and retail space.

Tease photo

Echo Fox Exits Riot Games Championship League

Esports team owner Echo Fox has forfeited its role as a competitor in Riot Games Inc.’s lucrative “League of Legends” League Championship Series after failing to sell the spot to another bidder.

Tease photo

March Capital Leads $51 Million Funding Round in AI Company Uniphore

Santa Monica-based venture investors March Capital Partners led a $51 million Series C round for conversational artificial intelligence developers Uniphore Software Systems Private Ltd.

Tease photo

SoftBank Vision Fund Invests $110 Million in Idea Lab's Energy Vault

Renewable energy storage firm Energy Vault, a portfolio company of Pasadena's Idea Lab, received a $110 million investment from SoftBank Vision Fund to scale its operations and expand into international markets.

Tease photo

Developers Set Low-Cost Housing

Relevant Group, Related Cos. file plans for dozens of units

Relevant Group, Related Cos. file plans for dozens of units

Tuesday, August 13

Advertising Tech Firm Lucidity Raises $5 Million

Marina del Rey advertising technology outfit Lucidity has raised a $5 million Series A round of funding to invest in engineering, product development and customer support.

Tease photo

Singularity Six Snags $16 Million

Andreessen Horowitz led a $16.5 million Series A funding round for Sawtelle-based online multiplayer game developer Singularity 6 Corp., which will use the cash to develop its first fantasy multiplayer game.

Tease photo

Crescent Capital BDC Buys Alcentra Capital for $142 Million

West Los Angeles-based Crescent Capital BDC, a business development company focused on originating and investing in debt of private companies, has purchased Alcentra Capital for $142 million in cash and stock.

Boxwood Merger Corp. Buys Austin-Based Atlas Intermediate Holdings

Boxwood Merger Corp., which raised $200 million in a public offering in November, has purchased an Austin, Texas-based professional and technical services business that could capture future federal dollars for infrastructure development.

Nedl, Nurtured at Sip & Sonder, Pitches Mark Cuban

Ayinde Alakoye, co-founder of Santa Monica mobile radio app Nedl, is looking to capitalize on the growing podcast market.

Tease photo

Monday, August 12

Loot Crate Files Bankruptcy, Plans to Sell Assets

Loot Crate Inc., which sells subscription boxes of pop culture apparel and collectibles, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday.

Tease photo

Kaiser Unions Plan to Strike in October

Kaiser Permanente workers in California have voted to strike beginning in October, according to a statement from the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions.

Executive Education: Essential Legal Skills for Every Leader

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

In today’s workplace, legal knowledge isn’t just for lawyers. Business professionals across industries and sectors regularly intersect with legal matters in various ways — from contracts and compliance, to strategy and negotiation.

Tease photo

Executive Education: Transforming Today's Leaders into Life-Long Learners

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

No two days are alike in the ever-evolving world of business. In fact, opportunities will come and go - it’s just a matter of saying yes to the right one. The same can be said about pursuing a higher education degree.

Tease photo

Exports Fall, Imports Flat as Trade War Hits Southern California Ports

The U.S.-China trade war is pounding the San Pedro Bay ports. Import volumes were essentially flat year over year in July as exports declined 5.1%.

Tease photo

Executive Education: The Cal Lutheran Executive MBA

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

The Executive MBA from California Lutheran University’s School of Management is designed for mid-career professionals who have already experienced some success and want to identify and achieve bigger goals in their careers.

Tease photo

Executive Education: LMU Executive Education Program Helps Students "Level Up"

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Looking to get ahead in today’s competitive marketplace? Need to brush up your knowledge and skills on a particular topic? This fall, Loyola Marymount University offers a variety of one- and two-day business certificate courses to help professionals sharpen their mindset and skill set.

Tease photo

Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards: Nominees

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2019 FINALISTS

Friday, August 9

GPI Cos. Closes $300 Million Investment

Brentwood-based GPI Cos. received $300 million equity commitment from one of the largest state pension systems.

Tease photo

Sports Center

How Schloessman and LASEC help bring the big games to LA

The Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission helps the city bid for and plan major sports events.

Tease photo

Brokers, Investors Post Strong Second Quarter

Demand for industrial, office properties drives profits

Demand for industrial, office properties drives profits

Tease photo

LABJ INsider

A Real Team Player

Goings-on in L.A.’s business community.

PowerPlant Raises $165M

Firm aims to cultivate healthy food startups

Firm aims to cultivate healthy food startups

Snap to Sell $1 Billion in Debt Notes

New funding to be used for possible acquisitions

New funding to be used for possible acquisitions

Tease photo

Water Firm’s Profits Rise

Rates, military contract lift American States Water

Rates, military contract lift American States Water

Holding Pattern Around Boeing

AEROSPACE: Area suppliers wait for end to 737 Max woes

Southern California suppliers to Boeing Co. are in a holding pattern because of the grounding of 737 Max planes.

Tease photo

Clear Winners in Battle for LA Sports Dollars

Special Report: Business of Sports

Clippers are climbing, but Lakers and Dodgers are still the teams to beat By MATTHEW BLAKE and JOSHUA NIV Staff Reporters

Tease photo

Cadiz Enters Hemp Business

AGRICULTURE: Water firm, cannabis company team up

Water developer Cadiz Inc. has launched a joint venture to cultivate hemp with California Cannabis Enterprises Inc.

Tease photo

Multiple HAIL MARYS

Special Report: Business of Sports

LA’s pro football landscape is littered with (mostly) failed franchises

Tease photo

‘Wellness’ Amenities Juice Up Properties

REAL ESTATE: A growing niche for homes and offices

A growing number of properties are being outfitted with personal health and wellness in mind.

Tease photo

Are You Ready for Some (More) Football?

Special Report: Business of Sports

The XFL is back, but the question remains: Do L.A. fans want spring football?

Tease photo

OPEN FOR BID-NESS

Andrew Jones • Andrew Jones Auctions

Andrew Jones of Andrew Jones Auctions wants to bring back the fun to live auctioneering.

Tease photo

Mattel Shares Tumble After Bond Sale Stopped Over Whistleblower Letter

Barbie-maker Mattel’s stocks tumbled Friday after the El Segundo-based company announced it terminated the sale of senior notes, so it could investigate an anonymous whistleblower letter.

Tease photo

Platinum Equity Buys Wesco Aircraft for $2B

A portfolio company of Beverly Hills-based private equity firm Platinum Equity has paid $1.9 billion to buy Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc., a Valencia-based aerospace parts and supply chain services provider.

Ecommerce Apparel Co. Revolve Reports Loss in First Period Since Going Public

Social media fueled Revolve’s shares sank on Friday after the Cerritos-based ecommerce apparel company reported a $28 million loss.

Tease photo

Colony Capital Sees Losses Widen in Second Quarter, Plans to Sell Industrial Unit

Colony Capital Inc., a downtown-based real estate investment firm undergoing a difficult turnaround following its acquisition of NorthStar asset management and realty finance in early 2017, saw wider losses in its second quarter.

Tease photo

Thursday, August 8

Entertainment Payroll Company to Pink Slip 82 Workers

Following its acquisition by TPG Capital, payroll and software company Entertainment Partners will lay off 82 employees.

Tease photo

Long Beach Airport Passenger Traffic Slides After JetBlue Pullback

Long Beach Airport passenger traffic fell 15.5% for the first half of 2019 compared to the same period last year amid fallout from JetBlue Airways’ pullback in flights in September.

Tease photo

Lions Gate Posts Quarterly Loss

Success at the box office couldn't stop Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. from losing money in the company’s first fiscal quarter of 2020, raising questions about how the mid-sized studio can compete in the present entertainment market.

Tease photo

Regent Buys Accell Group's North America Cycling Business

Beverly Hills-based private equity firm Regent, which last month acquired French cycling company Mavic from Amer Sports, has purchased the North America cycling business of Dutch-based Accell Group.

Tease photo

Profits Slide at Activision as Competitors Gain Ground

The Santa Monica-based video game publisher behind popular games such as “Call of Duty” and “Overwatch” saw its profits decline more than 18% from this time last year, reporting a net income of $328 million.

Tease photo

Wednesday, August 7

AECOM Tapped to Design Clippers Arena Complex in Inglewood

Century City infrastructure giant Aecom is taking another step to transform the Inglewood skyline with the recent award of a contract to design a new arena and adjacent entertainment complex for the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.

Tease photo

Private Equity Firm Lovell Minnick Sells Stake in Worldwide Facilities

Manhattan Beach-based private equity firm Lovell Minnick Partners has sold its position in Worldwide Facilities, a downtown-based wholesale insurance brokerage.

Tease photo

Stamps.com Profit Plunges After Ending Postal Service Partnership

In its first quarterly earnings report since terminating the agreement, Stamps.com posted a net income of $14 million, down 69% from $45.5 million this time last year.

Tease photo

Hackman Capital Partners Purchases MBS Group for $650 Million

Hackman Capital Partners expands its studio production footprint with the acquisition of MBS Group from Carlyle Group for $650 million.

Tease photo

Postmates is Arriving at Dodger Stadium

The Los Angeles Dodgers named San Francisco-based mobile app Postmates Inc. as a concessions partner — bringing the ease of food pickup into the stadium.

Tease photo

Lido Advisors Expands Wealth Management Business

Century City-based Lido Advisors purchased a Maryland wealth advisory business as it pushes to build out its national footprint.

Tease photo

Tinder Parent Cos. Sued by Former Communications Director

A former executive at West Hollywood headquartered dating app developer Tinder Inc. filed a lawsuit Monday alleging she was sexually assaulted by Gregory Blatt, the company's former CEO.

Tease photo

Renowned Malibu Real Estate Agent Joins Real Estate Tech Firm Compass

Chris Cortazzo, ranked No. 2 on the Business Journal's 2018 list of residential real estate agents, joins from Coldwell Banker.

Tease photo

Tuesday, August 6

B. Riley, Brigade Capital Infuse $218 Million into Bankrupt Barneys

New York-based luxury retail chain Barneys New York Inc., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, has received $218 million in new financing from lending arms of Woodland Hills-based B. Riley Financial and Brigade Capital Management.

Tease photo

City National Buys Financial Software Firm Catered to Entertainment Businesses

Beverly Hills-based City National Bank has purchased FilmTrack Inc., a Studio City-based company that tracks payments, contracts and a range of other financial transactions for the entertainment and media industries.

Tease photo

American Airlines Expands LA Footprint with Rams, Chargers Stadium Deal

The developers behind the forthcoming National Football League field in Inglewood have pegged American Airlines Inc. as the stadium's first corporate partner as the Texas airline doubles down on investment in Southern California.

Tease photo

Town Hall and World Affairs Council Merge, Creating LA's Largest Speakers’ Forum

Town Hall Los Angeles and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council — two of L.A.’s most venerable speakers’ forums — are merging this month.

Tease photo

Fox Entertainment Acquires NoHo's Bento Box

Fox Entertainment is buying Bento Box Entertainment, the animation house behind “Bob’s Burgers” and other animated hits.

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Research Uncovers Drivers of Engagement, Satisfaction, and Willingness to Refer Wealth Managers

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Investments & Wealth Institute (formerly IMCA) released research findings from its latest study, “2019 High-Net-Worth Investor Study,” recently. The research explores how advisors can stand out in a crowded market, where high client satisfaction and loyalty is not enough to set them apart.

Most Influential Wealth Managers: How to Keep Your Money from Slipping Away

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

As with virtually all financial matters, the easiest way to be successful with a cash management program is to develop a systematic and disciplined approach...Any good cash management system revolves around the four As — Accounting, Analysis, Allocation, and Adjustment.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Steve Weinberger

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Steve Weinberger joined HCR Wealth Advisors in 1998. Then a boutique firm, HCR has grown to near $1 billion in assets under management largely in part due to Weinberger’s leadership and efforts.

Tease photo

Disney Disappoints Despite Revenue Gains

Walt Disney Co. missed Wall Street expectations of adjusted earnings and revenue in the fiscal third quarter.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Todd Walklett

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

At Covington Capital Management, Todd Walklett is Portfolio Manager, member of the Investment Committee as well as the Board of Directors.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Eric Taslitz

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Eric Taslitz began his career as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in 1996 and joined his current partners in 1998.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Ryan Serrecchia

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Ryan Serrecchia, CFP, is an Executive Vice President and Partner with EP Wealth Advisors.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Donald L Schwarz

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Don Schwarz has been in the financial services industry for 52 years. In 2009, he joined RBC Wealth Management in Beverly Hills as a senior portfolio manager in the specialized Portfolio Focus program.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Erik Ridgley, CFA

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Erik Ridgley, CFA is CEO & Chief Investment Officer of Salem Partners Wealth Management, a boutique multi-family investment office for founders, CEOs, entrepreneurial families, and ultra-high net worth individuals.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Brian Parker

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Brian Parker, CFP, is a Managing Director and Co-founder of EP Wealth Advisors. He has been a highly successful wealth manager for 22 years, specializing in comprehensive investment, tax, estate and retirement strategies for his clients. Parker has been a featured speaker at universities, corporations, and to affluent individuals throughout California.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Ed Moyzes

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Ed Moyzes’ mission as the leader of Strategic View Advisors is to maximize the talents and passions of his team members for the benefit of their clients.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Brent M. Mason

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Brent M. Mason is the President of Mason & Associates, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisory Firm located in Los Angeles.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Bruce Mandel

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Bruce Mandel co-founded Oakwood in 1998, and in addition to serving as President & Chief Executive Officer, he also chairs the Investment Policy Committee and co-manages the firm’s global investment strategies.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Simone Liu

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

As Vice President of investments in Wells Fargo Advisors in Beverly Hills, Simone Liu and her team manage over $125 million in assets and help mitigate the risks in the investment world for her clients while bringing solutions to secure their financial health.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Sarah M. Lewis

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

After nearly 25 years in the financial services industry holding senior positions with top firms in New York, Paris, Oslo and Amsterdam, an idea took form that there must be a better way to deliver independent, objective and highly personalized advice to investors and their families.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Alev Lewis

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Alev Lewis is a Managing Director, Partner and co-founder of Acacia Wealth Advisors at HighTower, an independent multi-family office.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Gregory P. Kushner

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Gregory Kushner founded Lido Advisors, LLC in 1999 with the goal of ensuring that his clients be “fiscally fit” with a healthy financial portfolio in all areas of their lives.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Max Kayajanian

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Max Kayajanian joined Oakwood Capital Management in 2014. A member of the Advisory and Financial Planning department, he is responsible for comprehensive financial planning and relationship management for Oakwood’s current clients.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Danilo Kawasaki, CFP

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Danilo Kawasaki oversees the compliance and day-to-day supervision of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management Inc.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Michelle Katzen

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Michelle Katzen has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers:

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

In 2018, Kyle Jones joined Aequitas Wealth Management as its youngest full partner.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Brian D. Holmes

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Brian D. Holmes, MS, CFP, CMFC, AIF, is the President and CEO of SEIA. As of March 31, SEIA and its affiliates manage $9.4 billion of assets.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Derek Holman

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Derek Holman, CFP, AIF is a Managing Director and Co-founder of EP Wealth Advisors.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Greg Heller

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

After starting his career at a brokerage firm, Greg Heller founded HCR Wealth Advisors based on core company principles that still support the company today.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Tracey Gluck

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Tracey Gluck is a Managing Director and Financial Advisor with J.P. Morgan Securities, a wealth management division of J.P. Morgan, and founder of The Gluck Group.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Catherine Gerst

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Catherine Gerst has been in wealth management for 30 years. Her career began at Wells Fargo where she specialized in constructing municipal bond portfolios for the bank’s largest clients.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Ross Gerber

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Ross Gerber is the Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Joshua Fein

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Josh Fein is a Partner at AdvicePeriod where he is charged with the responsibility for overseeing the successful delivery of wealth planning and strategic advice for clients of the firm.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Hayley Dickson

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Hayley Dickson is an up-and-coming financial advisor who has already made a huge impact in financial services in her short time at Northwestern Mutual.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Jeremy Dicker

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Born and raised in Southern California, Jeremy Dicker found his career in wealth management at the young age of 17.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Randy C. Conner

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Randy Conner is the President of Churchill Management and member of its Investment Management Team.

Tease photo

Monday, August 5

Director of Academy Museum Steps Down

After five years, Kerry Brougher is leaving the director position to "return to his roots in the art world."

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: David Clausen

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

David Clausen is highly regarded as one of the go-to financial experts at Northwestern Mutual.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: James Berliner

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Jim Berliner co-founded Westmount Asset Management in 1990 and since then has served as the firm’s President and Chief Investment Officer.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Brett Bartman

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Brett Bartman is a Managing Director and Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management, a division of Royal Bank of Canada, which acquired City National Bank in 2015.

Tease photo

Gallant Pet Raises $7 Million to Store Canine Stem Cells

A Playa Vista-based company offering stem cell storage banks for canines raised nearly $7 million, according to SEC filings.

Tease photo

Most Influential Wealth Managers: Matthew Ayers

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Matthew Ayers works as a client advisor at Alex Brown/ Raymond James in Century City.

Tease photo

Tourist-Friendly Hollywood & Highland Retail Center Sold for $320 Million

CIM Group Inc. has sold the 460,000-square-foot retail and entertainment center at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood.

Tease photo

2019 Most Influential Wealth Managers: Joseph P. Alexopoulos

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

The idea of Aequitas founding member Joe Alexopoulos, who had relocated to Los Angeles from Geneva, was to deliver independent, objective and concierge style investment and financial advice to investors and their families.

Tease photo

Romeo Power Raises $4 Million for Electric Battery Venture

Vernon-based manufacturer Romeo Systems Inc. said Aug. 5 it secured a $4 million investment from HG Ventures to further develop energy-efficient lithium ion batteries.

Tease photo

New Tech Makes Solar Panel Production Cheaper

The Claremont-Pomona Locally Grown Power panel factory is the brainchild of Executive Director Devon Hartman — an architect, general contractor and energy efficiency adviser — and Kent Kernahan, a solar photovoltaic panel industry veteran and inventor who in 2015 received a U.S. patent for a new technology to produce solar panels.

CUSTOM CONTENT: Downsides and Challenges to Growth

Trusted Advisors

Typically, growth and expansion are indicators of a healthy business.

Friday, August 2

Special Report: Coworking

Competition is heating up among coworking operators. As established players add locations and new providers set up shop, some shared office companies are working to distinguish their brands by offering specialized amenities for specific industries or clientele. Some have added screening rooms and video-editing facilities to attract media and entertainment clients. A handful of providers are offering shared workspace for women only. And one new operator downtown is building a coworking location tailored specifically to cannabis companies.

Tease photo

TOP COWORKING COMPANIES IN LA

TOP COWORKING COMPANIES IN LA

Space Race

Coworking providers have signed more than 20 leases in LA this year

Coworking companies have signed more than 20 new leases in L.A.

Tease photo

Home Grower

Cross Campus has the ambition, and it’s seeking the funding to expand through acquisitions in LA and beyond

Locally grown coworking provider Cross Campus plans expansion.

Tease photo

Ecommerce Attracts Sage

M&A advisory firm helps internet-born brands to grow

Sage Group launches a new practice to help internet-born brands grow.

Brokers Try Coworking

CBRE, Savills, others add flexible-office operations

Real-estate brokers are trying to get in on the coworking craze.

Nonprofit Plans Solar Push

MANUFACTURING: New tech powers low-cost panels

GREEN ENERGY Claremont-Pomona Locally Grown Power aims to provide solar power without chasing profits.

Tease photo

TEAM PLAYER

Tim Lee I Olive Hill Group

Tim Lee of commercial real estate firm Olive Hill Group has coined a new term: “workstyle.”

Tease photo

Inglewood Meeting Place Fosters Startups

FINANCE: Sip & Sonder builds businesses, community

Inglewood’s Sip & Sonder offers a hub or networking with venture investors — and a strong cup of coffee.

Tease photo

Beyond Meat Loses Sizzle

FOOD: Stock slides as competitors gain ground

Tease photo

Saban Sees Opportunities in Music

ENTERTAINMENT: Mogul places $500M bet on label

Billionaire Haim Saban invests $500 million to launch a world music record label.

Tease photo

Mendocino Taps New CEO

RESTAURANTS: Miles joins from Zoës Kitchen

Mendocino Farms names a fast-casual pro as its new CEO.

Tease photo

LABJ Insider

Shining a Light on LA’s Top Hospitals

Goings-on in L.A.’s business community.

SHARED VISION

Coworking companies benefit by catering to specific industries

Coworking specializes to compete.

Tease photo

Thursday, August 1

Inglewood Forum Names New Operations Lead

The Forum in Inglewood named a new head of operations, the third person in the role in as many years as the iconic venue faces new challenges.

Tease photo

Water Developer Cadiz and Local Cannabis Company JV to Grow Hemp

L.A. water developer Cadiz Inc. has entered into a joint venture with a division of Long Beach-based California Cannabis Enterprises to grow hemp on Cadiz land that sits atop a Mojave Desert aquifer.

Tease photo

Cheesecake to Acquire Phoenix Restaurant Chain for $353 Million

Cheesecake Factory Inc. announced it will acquire Phoenix-based Fox Restaurant Concepts.

Alibaba Courts LA Businesses

Chinese ecommerce giant wants US cos. to sell wholesale on its site

Chinese ecommerce giant wants US cos. to sell wholesale on its site

Tease photo

Whole Foods Coming to Cumulus West Adams Development

West Adams is getting a Whole Foods. The Amazon.com Inc.-owned grocer has signed a lease for 50,000 square feet at Carmel Partners' Cumulus development.

Tease photo

Boingo Reports Record Revenue with New Locations, Access Fees

Profits were roughly $216,000 for Boingo Wireless Inc. in the second quarter but the Wi-Fi provider added 10 new internet service locations, setting a quarterly revenue record including about $10 million in access fees.

Tease photo