Stories for February 2020

Friday, February 28

2020 Residential Brokers Special Report

L.A.'s key players and top sales set records

Get an in-depth look at the L.A. residential real estate market’s key players and top sales as well as detailed data on the city’s leading brokers.

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Liquid Death Secures $9M

Canned water company planning push into brick and mortar

Liquid Death Mountain Water, a Santa Monica-based canned water company, has raised $9 million to make a bigger push into brick-and-mortar retail.

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Brace Raises $10 Million for Mortgage Tech Platform

Software firm will use funds for development, expansion

Brace Software Inc., a Santa Monica-based mortgage technology startup, has raised $10 million in a Series A funding round.

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Marcum Makes Move to DTLA

Accounting firm signs lease at 777 Tower building

Public accounting and advisory service firm Marcum is the latest in a long line of L.A. businesses to move downtown.

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Downtown’s Boom Expected to Continue

Area’s housing inventory hit record high last year

Nearly 4,500 units were added to downtown’s residential market in 2019, including more than 2,000 in the fourth quarter.

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Miracle Mile Site Sells for $87 Million

Sares-Regis buys 169-unit Preston apartment building

Newport Beach-based Sares-Regis Group has acquired The Preston Miracle Mile, a 169-unit apartment building, for $86.8 million.

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PlayVS Dials Up Riot Partnership

High school esports company leans into ‘League of Legends’

Riot Games Inc. has become the exclusive organizer of PlayVS Inc.’s high school “League of Legends” seasons and championships.

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SpaceX Ramps Up Constellation Efforts

Starlink project aims for global broadband service

Since Hawthorne-based SpaceX began its ambitious Starlink project in late 2018, the company has launched roughly 300 small satellites into low Earth orbit.

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Headspace Expands Office Space

Meditation app company has 60 million downloads

Santa Monica-based meditation app developer Headspace has expanded, bringing its total Bergamot Station presence to 22,000 square feet.

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Setting the Stage

Michelle Danner I Edgemar Center for the Arts

Edgemar Center for the Arts founder Michelle Danner is an acting coach who eschews drama.

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Massive Crossroads Hollywood Project Is Ready for Its Closeup

Major development will incorporate the Crossroads of the World landmark

With a $1 billion price tag, Crossroads Hollywood is one of the largest developments in one of the hottest areas in the city.

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Fifth Wall Raises $100M Retail Fund

Investors include Macerich, Acadia Realty

Marina del Rey-based Fifth Wall Ventures Management has raised $100 million to help online brands grow offline.

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Delta Sets $400 Million Deal With LA28

Airline becomes first sponsor for LA Games

The 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics organizing committee has secured a $400 million sponsorship deal with Delta Airlines Inc.

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Cloudbreak Gets $10M Investment

Firm will expand telemedicine services

Cloudbreak Health, an El Segundo-based interpreter service for the medical industry, has received $10 million in funding from Columbia Partners Private Capital of Bethesda, Md.

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Parsons Opens Satellite Facility Near Torrance

Labs will help fullfill $100M contract

Parsons Corp., the multibillion-dollar engineering and infrastructure firm, is opening a new facility in L.A. County to pursue the rapidly expanding space satellite business.

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Revolve Reeling After Mixed Results

Ecommerce fashion company anticipates modest revenue for 2020

Revolve Group Inc. delivered a 21% increase in annual revenue and a 16% jump in net income for 2019, but its stock took a 23% dive the day after reporting year-end and quarterly results.

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El Segundo Building Sells for $133 Million

Office property transaction is the market’s latest big-ticket deal

An office property in El Segundo with a parking structure and surface lot has sold for roughly $133 million.

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LABJ Insider

Moving and Shaking

Read this week's column from Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson for goings-on in L.A.'s business community.

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Is Musk Considering Tesla-SpaceX Project?

Combined tech could drive profits

Industry experts speculate that SpaceX founder Elon Musk could tap his aerospace company’s communications technology to support a key element of his automotive company, Tesla Inc.

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Beautify Is Bringing Art to Commerce

Mural platform company expands beyond LA

Santa Monica-based Beautify, a platform that connects street artists with sponsors, landlords and business owners, is expanding its for-profit business model.

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Questions Arise for Disney

Iger departure brings uncertainty

Entertainment industry watchers say those with an interest in Disney’s next steps are worried that new Disney CEO Bob Chapek won’t be the same as exiting CEO Bob Iger when it comes to the company’s most important revenue segments.

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Logistics Firm Snapped Up

Maersk pays $545 Million for Performance Team

Performance Team of El Segundo has been acquired for $545 million by Danish shipping giant A.P. Møller – Maersk.

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Clear Direction

With focus on innovation and acquisitions, Compass sets a course for growth

Compass, a tech-driven real estate brokerage, has quickly become a dominant player in L.A.’s crowded real estate market.

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Broker Bonanza: The Top Residential Real Estate Agents and Sales in L.A.

Record sales, foreign buyers boosted residential market in 2019

For the leading residential real estate brokers in Los Angeles, the past year brought an uncertain start, a robust finish and unprecedented results.

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Thursday, February 27

Green Dot Earnings Top Estimates, Revenues Fall Short

Pasadena-based Green Dot Corp. reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.7 million, beating analyst estimates, even as earnings for the period dropped 75% year over year.

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Wednesday, February 26

Commercial Real Estate Awards: 2020 Broker Nominees

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Jeff Abraham Newmark Knight Frank

Commercial Real Estate Awards: The Impact of Commercial Real Estate Development and Operations Grows

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The impact of new development and of the ongoing operations of existing commercial real estate buildings in the United States – office, industrial, warehouse and retail – has grown to support 9.2 million American jobs and contribute $1.14 trillion to the U.S. GDP in 2019, an increase from 8.3 million jobs and a contribution of $1.0 trillion to GDP in 2018.

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Commercial Real Estate Awards: The Future is Bright for Hollywood’s Revitalization

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Founded in Los Angeles in 1987, Bond Companies has been a national pioneer in sustainability and the revitalization of overlooked communities through smart and collaborative development.

Tuesday, February 25

CRE Awards 2020: Macfarlane Partners’ Iconic Park Fifth Now Graces the Downtown Los Angeles Skyline

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Park Fifth, adjacent to Trademark which is also developed by MacFarlane Partners, is the newest luxury addition to Downtown Los Angeles.

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CRE Awards 2020: CenterCal Properties Brings New Retail, Dining, Wellness, and Services to Premier Long Beach Destination

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2ND & PCH is the Long Beach shopping and lifestyle destination owned and developed by CenterCal Properties, offering an exceptional offering of retailers, and luxury architecture and landscape design.

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CRE Awards 2020: Office, Retail, Industrial & Logistics and Other Sectors Likely to Register Gains This Year

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The U.S. economy will continue its long expansion in 2020, supporting the solid fundamentals of the commercial real estate market, according to CBRE’s forecast in its 2020 Real Estate Market Outlook report.

CRE Awards 2020: Forecast Predicts California CRE to Expand in 2022

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The Winter 2020 Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast California Commercial Real Estate Survey shows that although the economy is predicted to slow in 2020, developers’ views on most California commercial real estate in 2022 are optimistic, and they reflect an eagerness to get in on the ground floor of the next commercial real estate expansionary cycle.

CRE Awards 2020: Best Retail Lease

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CBRE brokers Zachary Card, Erik Krasney, and Brent Howell facilitated 9,500 square feet of retail leases at Ivy Station.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Retail Sale

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The Newmark Knight Frank team’s largest Los Angeles area sale in 2019 was the sale of Plaza Pacoima for $51.3 million.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Office Lease

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CBRE’s Clay Hammerstein and team represented L.A. Care Health Plan in its 370,000-square-foot lease for an office building downtown.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Office Sale

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During a two-year search to find a corporate headquarters for their client, Trevor Nelson and Travis Landrum led an off-market search to approach all of the building owners with appropriate properties for his client on the westside of LA.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Multi-Family Sale

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The Institutional Property Advisors team of brokers made up of Greg Harris, Kevin Green, and Joseph Grabiec achieved what ended up being the best multifamily sale of last year.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Medical Lease

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CBRE’s Angie Weber and Dana Nialis facilitated the 11,212-square-foot medical lease at 2100 W. 3rd St. in Los Angeles, known as Third Street Medical Center.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Medical Sale

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CBRE’s Angie Weber and Dana Nialis helped facilitate the $85 million sale of Third Street Medical Center, a 147,000-square-foot medical office building, located at 2100 West 3rd Street in Los Angeles.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Land Sale

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CBRE’s Laurie Lustig-Bower and Kadie Presley Wilson arranged the sale of a development site at the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd. and Federal Ave. in West Los Angeles to Jamison Properties for $16 million.

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Monday, February 24

CUSTOM CONTENT: Uribe Joins Infogen Labs as Special Advisor

Dr. Betty will help drive innovation!

Dr. Uribe — a member of the Business Journal’s LA500 as one of the most influential people in the Los Angeles business community — will serve as a special advisor to Infogen Labs and plans to focus on her burgeoning Dr. Betty brand, which spans speaking engagements, consulting and philanthropic work.

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BYD Delivers First Buses as Part of Anaheim Order

BYD Motors Inc., a downtown-based electric vehicle maker, delivered to Anaheim the first two electric buses of a previously announced 40-bus order, BYD announced Feb. 24.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Industrial Lease

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The JLL team of Ruben Goodsell, Mike McCrary and Peter McWilliams represented Prudential Real Estate and Panattoni Development Company on a 10-year lease of a 1,264,102 square foot property in Rialto to XPO Logistics, one of the largest third party logistics companies in the world.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Industrial Sale

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In June 2019, Bret Hardy, Jim Linn and Kevin Shannon, in conjunction with the Newmark local leasing professional, completed the $230 million sale of a 90-acre industrial manufacturing plant located at 2400-2401 East Wardlow Road in Long Beach.

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CRE Awards 2020: Rookie of the Year

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Marin Koper is a licensed sales associate in Kennedy Wilson’s L.A. brokerage division.

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CRE Awards 2020: Broker Team of the Year

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Jonathan Larsen and Chandler Larsen, a father and son team, have completed in excess of $2.5 billion in transactions over the past five years.

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CRE Awards 2020: Broker of the Year

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During his 35 years with CBRE, Vice Chairman Jeff Pion has provided his clients — which include many of the household names in technology, media and entertainment — with leading-edge real estate services, completing more than 3,000 sale and lease transactions valued in excess of $9 billion on more than 60 million square feet of real estate.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Retail Project

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Set on 11 acres, 2nd & PCH is a 220,000 square foot of open-air retail and dining destination overlooking the Long Beach Marina.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Redevelopment Project

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An Art Deco masterpiece has come back to life in downtown’s Historic Core.

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Data Privacy, Retail & Consumer Goods: A Roundtable Discussion

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Before getting into a deep dive on CCPA, let’s take a look at the current landscape for retail and consumer goods in general. What sectors within consumer products are performing particularly well right now and why?

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Public Project

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The mission with this project was not just to resurrect, but to transform the central circulation area into a “plaza for all,” an outdoor performance venue and pedestrian-centered nexus for meaningful artistic engagement.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Office Project

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Completed in September 2019, Second Home Hollywood was developed by Bond Companies as a one-of-a-kind collaboration involving cutting-edge construction and daring, forward-looking design creating LA’s most innovative co-working office campus.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Mixed-Use Project

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The new Los Angeles LGBT Center, Anita May Rosenstein Campus — located on McCadden Place and Santa Monica Boulevard — is a new typology for community-based urban development that includes diverse social and affordable housing programs.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Industrial Project

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This was a first of its kind project for Pacoima, a working class community with a well-located but aging industrial corridor in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Hospitality Project

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The first phase of Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village’s multimillion-dollar transformation, the remodel of its three restaurants, was inspired by the tranquil elements of Southern California’s coast and the classic era of Old Hollywood glam.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Tenant Improvement Project

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The new Los Angeles Convene space provides an innovative platform that offers access to a growing network of premium meeting and event spaces, flexible workspaces, hospitality services, and curated experiences for the user.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Medical Project

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The completion of the 300,000 square foot Downtown West Medical healthcare campus brings Class-A new outpatient ambulatory care and supporting healthcare to the historically underserved DTLA/Pico-Union/Westlake community.

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CRE Awards 2020: Best Multi-Family Sale

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From its dramatic setting at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Doheny Drive, The Residences at the West Hollywood EDITION distills the best of Los Angeles into a singularly compelling location.

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2020 Commercial Real Estate Awards: Publisher's Letter

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The impact of new commercial real estate development and the operations of existing commercial properties on the national economy cannot be overstated.

Friday, February 21

Puma Shares Slip as Sales of Cancer Drug Fall

Shares of Pasadena-based Puma Biotechnology Inc. fell after the company revealed that sales of its breast cancer treatment drug, Nerlynx, declined during the fourth quarter.

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OC’s Hoag Moves Into LA County

Institute acquires surgery center in Marina del Rey

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, one of Orange County’s largest hospital and health care networks, is entering the Los Angeles County market.

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Forever 21 Deal OK’d

Landlord group rescues company from bankruptcy

Forever 21 Inc. is emerging from bankruptcy with new owners who have a stake in keeping the company going.

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Alpine Village Restaurant to Close

Bavarian-themed property will lay off 35 employees

An upcoming landmark designation will ensure the walls at Alpine Village remain intact, but there’s no guarantee the lights will stay on.

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AEG to Fill Up With Fuelster

LA Live fans to get gas delivery

Fans at Staples Center and L.A. Live will now be able to get their cars gassed up while they’re watching events at the venues.

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Surf Air Acquires BlackBird Air

Company will provide flights and scheduling

Santa Monica general aviation airline Surf Air Inc. announced it has acquired San Francisco-based online aviation marketplace BlackBird Air Inc.

Trinity Sells to Citizens Financial

Firm specializes in restaurant industry deals

Trinity Capital, a Brentwood-based boutique investment bank, will be acquired by Rhode Island-based Citizens Financial Group Inc.

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AdQuick Raises $6 Million

Adtech software company will expand teams

Outdoor advertising software company AdQuick Inc. raised a $6 million Series A to expand its sales, marketing and engineering teams.

Multicultural Film Fund Launches

AUM aims for diverse audiences

Producer Nina Yang Bongiovi, whose films include “Fruitvale Station” and “Dope,” has entered into a partnership to launch AUM Group, a Los Angeles-based multicultural entertainment fund to finance feature films for rapidly diversifying audiences.

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LABJ Insider

Award Worthy

Read this week's column from Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson for goings-on in L.A.'s business community.

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Conversation Starter

Anna Ondaatje I Playboy Enterprises Inc.

Playboy's Anna Ondaatje makes a statement with her work and her fashion choices.

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A Mixed Bag

Traffic at area airports last year grew at slowest rate since the recession

A record 103 million passengers went through the gates at the four commercial airports serving Los Angeles County last year, but that was up only 1.4% from 2018, marking the slowest growth rate since the Great Recession.

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L.A. Rising: Miracle Mile

Mid-Wilshire area gets a makeover

The changes taking place in the Miracle Mile area largely fall into two categories: museums and multifamily housing.

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Oaktree Capital Blazes a Trail in China

Investment management company establishes distressed debt unit

Oaktree Capital Management has become the first foreign distressed debt company to set up a wholly owned unit in China under the Phase I U.S.-China trade deal.

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KKGO Owner Is Still Dialed In at 93

Levine leads LA’s last independent station

Saul Levine has kept the last independently owned radio station in L.A. running for 62 years thanks to hustle and a refusal to sell.

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Hancock Park Gets Coliving Site

Joint venture will convert 78-unit apartment building

A 78-unit apartment building in Hancock Park has sold for $29 million to a coliving developer.

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JRK Property Holdings Is Checking Into Hotels

Company buys Texas sites, seeks other opportunities

JRK Property Holdings Inc. is upgrading its status in the hotel category as part of its larger growth strategy.

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Crenshaw Plaza Sets Financing

Recently acquired retail center receives $31 million

Despite the so-called retail apocalypse, shopping centers in Southern California are still receiving interest from buyers and lenders.

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ChromaDex Expands Pact

Nestlé service will boost company’s supplement

The world’s largest food and beverage company has agreed to flex more of its marketing muscle for a product from Westwood-based nutrition company ChromaDex Inc.

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Dream Factories

Colleges ramp up study-in-Hollywood programs

Out-of-state colleges and universities operating study-in-Hollywood programs are becoming a force in higher education locally as their real-estate footprints mushroom across Los Angeles.

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Herbalife Sees Coronavirus Impact

Company anticipates disruption in operations for quarter, year

Count downtown-based nutrition supplement company Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. as another company feeling the impact of the rapid spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus throughout China.

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Trade War Reshapes CIE

Truck parts maker staffs up in US

Frank Sonzala, chief executive of a South Gate-based truck chassis manufacturer, is transferring about a third of his company’s production from China to the United States, a move he says will create about 275 local jobs.

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Are Mattel’s Cuts Working?

Top toymaker expects modest gains

Mattel Inc. managed to maintain revenue at $4.5 billion last year, and its guidance for 2020 calls for a modest full-year revenue growth of 1% to 2.5%, but Wall Street appears skeptical.

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Thursday, February 20

Uber Closes Downtown Office, Lays Off 80

Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. closed a customer support office downtown and laid off roughly 80 employees.

Tuesday, February 18

Spotlight on City of Industry: A City to Foster Thriving Industry

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Last summer, the City of Industry, in partnership with the Industry Business Council, presented its annual State of the City Address – and the messaging holds strong as the region enters 2020.

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Forecast Sees Modest Growth in County's Economy

Los Angeles County’s economy will continue to see modest growth in 2020, according to a forecast from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

Monday, February 17

Commercial Real Estate Awards: Considerations for Your 2020 Real Estate Tax Strategy

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Los Angeles real estate companies need to continually evolve their tax strategies to stay on top of changing tax laws and position themselves strategically for the future.

Spotlight on City of Industry: Learn More About Industry’s Cultural Heritage at the Homestead

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At the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, visitors have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in 100 years of history as they learn about how the region changed from the days of the Mexican ranchos in the 1840s to the 1920s.

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Commercial Real Estate 2020 Project Nominees

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|1801 Century Park East Lobby Renovation| Developer: Douglas Emmett

Spotlight on City of Industry: Fast Facts About the City of Industry

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The City of Industry has much to offer that you may not be aware of. Here are some fast facts that may prove to be helpful whether you do business in the region or plan to.

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Spotlight on City of Industry - City of Industry: Open for Business

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In 1957, the City of Industry was incorporated with a focus on business. The city’s motto, “Jobs, Enterprise, and Regional Investment” reflects how business is at the core of the city’s focus since its inception.

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Commercial Real Estate Awards: General Contractors’ Honest Customer Service Leads to Staying Power

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More than 25 years ago, a Southern California guy and an Irishman started a general contracting business. They had been in business just a short time when their business found its defining moment.

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Commercial Real Estate Awards: The Steady Growth and Success of Swinerton’s Special Projects Division

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Swinerton, ENR’s #1 ranked commercial construction firm based in California, year after year, serves

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Friday, February 14

FDA Gives Kite Cellular Drug Therapy Fast Track Designation

The FDA must decide within six months whether to approve the drug, known as KTE-X19

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Torrance Industrial Property Sells for $21.5 Million

IDI Logistics bought the property.

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Brentwood Associates Acquires Parchment Inc.

PE firm buys academic company Parchment

Sawtelle-based private equity firm Brentwood Associates has completed its acquisition of digital academic credentials company Parchment Inc.

Bound by Tradition

Thomas Blumenthal I Gearys Beverly Hills

Thomas Blumenthal of Gearys Beverly Hills — which celebrates its 90th year in business this year — favors French cuffs and Charvet ties.

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2020 Talent Agencies and Venues Special Report

Talent agencies remain some of Hollywood's most powerful companies

See how talent agencies are evolving to meet new challenges and better serve clients.

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Dispute Between Agencies, Writers Likely to Continue

Standoff is separate from other labor contracts

The labor dispute over talent agency packaging fees is boiling over, but it sits outside of Hollywood’s triple-witching contracts.

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Cruel Summer?

A ‘triple witching hour’ contract crunch looms for Hollywood’s major players

This summer, Hollywood is facing a triple witching hour of contract negotiations, and the industry is bracing for a season of turbulence.

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Driving Diversity

Inclusion initiatives at top talent agencies could help reshape Hollywood

While the rest of Hollywood wrestles with concerns over diversity, the town’s most powerful companies — its leading talent agencies — have already taken steps toward improving inclusion.

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Tinder Boosts Earnings for Parent Match Group

Digital dating service reports a 36% jump in users for 2019

Dating app owner Match Group reported an estimated 16% annual increase in net income in fiscal 2019, due largely to Tinder, its highest-performing subsidiary.

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SKSI Takes Architecture to the Mall

Company may open 200 stores in next three years

SKSI Plans and Permits hopes to make architectural services more accessible to the masses.

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Developer Gillen Pairs Unvarnished with Side

Former stunt driver revs up luxury brokerage division

Scott Gillen, the former stunt-driver turned director turned developer has launched a luxury brokerage division of his company, Malibu-based Unvarnished Co.

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Rancho Dominguez Site Secures 3 Leases

BYD, Schultz, Total Safety agree to long-term deals

Three leases totaling 115,000 square feet have been signed for an industrial campus in Rancho Dominguez.

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Union Bank Names New President

Seibly asked to challenge global banks in region

Union Bank, the West Coast retail and commercial banking arm of MUFG Union Bank, has appointed Greg Seibly as president and head of regional banking.

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Game On

LA is loaded with esports venues — and there are several more on the way

Gaming-friendly Los Angeles has become a cornerstone for esports, thanks to the rollout of several competition arenas that have opened here in recent years.

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Bezos Pays $165 Million for Beverly Hills Home

Record home sale for LA market

Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has purchased the famed Warner Estate from David Geffen for $165 million, a record in L.A.

Molina Expects Positive Results Ahead

Managed care insurer projects $17 billion in revenue for 2020

With the release of fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 earnings, Molina issued a forecast of premium revenue growth for this year of 7.4% to about $17.4 billion.

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Titmouse Signs Building Lease in Burbank

GPI secures lease for animation company

Titmouse Inc., an animation production company, signed a 95,000-square-foot lease for an entire building in Burbank.

‘Rare’ Cerritos Multifamily Site Sells for $49 Million

Four Trees apartment complex has 150 units

A 150-unit apartment complex in Cerritos sold for $48.6 million to Palos Verdes Management Co., which purchased the site from a partnership of local investors.

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Ports Report January Declines

Cargo volume slips again at LA and Long Beach

The local ports reported single-digit dips in cargo volumes for January with one notable exception: Port of Los Angeles exports saw a modest upswing.

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Xencor to License Food Allergy Drug

Deal with Aimmune could bring up to $400 million before royalties

Monrovia-based biopharmaceutical company Xencor Inc. announced it has granted a license to Bay Area-based Aimmune Therapeutics Inc.

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Skechers Tops Expectations for 2019

Footwear manufacturer passes $5 billion in revenue during ‘milestone year’

For Skechers USA Inc., 2019 was a “milestone year,” according to Chief Operating Officer David Weinberg.

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LABJ Insider

Screen Gem

Read this week's column from Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson for goings-on in L.A.'s business community.

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Jerde Thinks Local, Too

After international fame, firm eyes LA work

Jerde Partnership believes it can go big and go home. The downtown-based design and architecture firm is putting its mark on projects around Los Angeles.

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Fertile Ground for Tractor

Motivo machine brings green farming

Motivo Engineering’s new electric-powered Monarch tractor performs farming functions quietly, with no human operator and without any trace of pollution.

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Float Shuttle Receives DOT Approval

Air commuter service ready to launch routes between La Verne, Hawthorne and Camarillo

After months of delays, L.A.’s first air shuttle service for local commuters received DOT approval Feb. 19.

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Star Gazer

Aerospace Corp.’s Steve Isakowitz is still aiming higher

Steve Isakowitz is president and chief executive of Aerospace Corp., the nation’s only federally funded research and development center focused on aerospace.

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Thursday, February 13

Canoo Partners with Hyundai

Torrance-based Canoo will partner with Hyundai Motor Group to develop an electric vehicle platform for Hyundai and Kia models based on its designs.

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GumGum Gains $22 Million

Artificial intelligence and advertising firm GumGum raised a $22 million Series D funding round from existing investors.

Wednesday, February 12

Creative Industries Account for 16% of Jobs in LA County: Report

The annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy from Otis College of Art and Design said that creative industries are responsible for more than 16% of jobs in Los Angeles County.

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Top Women in Banking: PATTI A. VOLLMER

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Patti Vollmer joined American Business Bank in its first year of operation, and her career has grown in tandem with the bank over the last two decades.

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Top Women in Banking: ANGELA UNDERWOOD-JACOBS

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Angela Underwood-Jacobs, the first African American woman elected to the city council in Lancaster, has established herself as a highly regarded, engaged leader. As a regional manager and seni

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Top Women in Banking: NICOLE D. SWAIN

Nicole Swain is the consummate community banking professional and truly embodies and lives the community bank mantra of “relationship banking.” First Choice Bank has been recognized as a “Super Premier Performance Bank” by the Findley Reports,

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Top Women in Banking: LAVON M. SHORT

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LaVon Short has more than 40 years of financial services experience. Short began her career with Crocker National Bank and later joined Wells Fargo Bank as a personal banking officer. She was a Branch Manager for 1

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Top Women in Banking: KAREN SESSIONS

Karen Sessions is the national head of Bank of America Business Capital and Asset-based Financing, part of the Wholesale Credit division at Bank of America. Sessions has over 22 years of experience in underwriting, originating and managing financial products for a wide array

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Top Women in Banking: BONNIE RUBIN

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Bonnie Rubin is an executive vice president, regional director of 1st Century Bank. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading the delivery of depository and lending services in both the bank’s Century City and San Fernando Valley regions. Since 2005

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Top Women in Banking: DIEDRA PORCHE

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Diedra Porche is the senior vice president, and manager for the Government and Not-for-Profit Business Banking division covering the Western Region for JPMorgan Chase.

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Top Women in Banking: JOCELYN PASTORE

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Jocelyn Pastore currently serves as EVP/regional president for Pacific Premier Bank. Prior to joining Pacific Premier, Pastore was a regional president for Grandpoint Bank, managing banking

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Top Women in Banking: KRISTEN PARSONS

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Kristen Parsons has over 20 years of banking experience and is the Southern California Regional Commercial Executive for HSBC Bank, USA. She relocated to the Los Angeles area in 2018 to help build out the Corporate Banking practice for the region.

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Top Women in Banking: MIMI PARK

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Mimi Park and her family settled in Century City after arriving in the United States from South Korea when she was seven. Realizing the importance of education, her hard work during her school years was rewarded with her acceptance to UCLA.

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Tuesday, February 11

Top Women in Banking: JANE NAVARRIA

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Jane Navarria is the regional executive overseeing Bank of America’s Business Banking team in Greater Los Angeles, comprised of banking professionals who serve companies with annual revenues of $5 million to $50 million throughout the Southland.

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Top Women in Banking: KAREN MILES

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Karen Miles is a managing director and head of Houlihan Lokey’s Financial and Valuation Advisory (FVA) business for Southern California. She co-chairs the firm’s Technical Standards Committee,

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Top Women in Banking: NATASHA MATA

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Natasha Mata, a 28-year financial services veteran, is Wells Fargo’s Central Los Angeles Region bank president. Mata manages seven districts and over 70 branches in Los Angeles County.

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Top Women in Banking: RACHEL MAGNER

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Rachel Magner is senior vice president and head of Commercial Real Estate for California at IDB Bank, a private and commercial bank with full-service branches in Downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

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Top Women in Banking: MAHA MADAIN

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Maha Madain is managing director and head of enterprise marketing for Union Bank and PurePoint Financial. Her career spans more than 20 years in financial services marketing, product development

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Top Women in Banking: SIMONE LAGOMARSINO

Simone Lagomarsino serves as president and chief executive officer of Luther Burbank Corporation and Luther Burbank Savings. She leads the Executive Committee and is a member of the company’s board of directors.

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Top Women in Banking: GAYANE KIRAKOSYAN

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Gayane Kirakosyan has over 16 years of investment banking experience advising companies on debt and equity capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, and financial restructurings / bankruptcy.

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Music Center Announces $3 Million in New Contributions

The Music Center has announced nearly $3 million in new contributions from multiple donors.

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Top Women in Banking: KIYOUN KIM

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In mid-2000, Kiyoun Kim started at IDB as an account officer doing middle market and commercial real estate lending.

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Top Women in Banking: CATHERINE JOOYAN

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Catherine Jooyan is a senior vice president responsible for SBA lending in Southern California, as well as several mid-western states, for U.S. Bank. In her capacity, she is responsible for managing a team of bankers delivering SBA lending to small business in her community.

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Top Women in Banking: MARIA HUNTER

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Maria Hunter, a vice president at First Bank, is one of the bank’s top contributors in the Middle Market Lending Group.

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Top Women in Banking: MICHELE L. HAVENS

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Michele Havens was named president of West Region of Northern Trust in March of 2019.

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Top Women in Banking: JANKI LALANI GANDHI

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Janki Lalani Gandhi is a managing director in Goldman Sachs’ Cross Markets Group (CMG), the firm’s middle market offering. F

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Top Women in Banking: MEREDITH J. ESAREY

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Meredith Esarey is a senior vice president – regional manager for 1st Century Bank and is responsible for leading her team in developing new commercial banking clients. She has more than 15 y

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Top Women in Banking: HEATHER ELLISON

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Heather Ellison is the senior vice president and head of the Retail Branch Banking channel for OneWest Bank, the Southern California branch division of CIT Group. In this position, Ellison overse

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Top Women in Banking: LINDA DUNCOMBE

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Since joining City National a year ago, Linda Duncombe has led a complete redesign of City National’s mobile banking app and has transformed all of City National’s digital channels to better serve clients — including Hollywood’s most elite.

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Top Women in Banking: JACKY DILFER

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Jacky Dilfer is a commercial lending and SBA real estate lending expert — and she’s also a dedicated leader and trusted advisor, helping each of her clients grow their businesses, create job opportunities and better serve their communities.

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Top Women in Banking: VERNA GRAYCE CHAO

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Aproven innovator, executive vice president Verna Grayce Chao is a key force behind City National’s digital transformation. City National is creating a comprehensive payments ecosystem to serve the entertainment and business management industries,

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Top Women in Banking: SHERYL CEFALI

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Sherry Cefali is a managing director in the Transactions Opinions Practice of Duff & Phelps and heads the Los Angeles office of approximately 100 people. A seasoned advisor to companies and boards,

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Top Women in Banking: TERESA CASPARY

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Teresa Caspary is a senior vice president and regional manager for the western U.S. and national leader for the escrow product with the Global Corporate Trust team at U.S. Bank.

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Top Women in Banking: ALICE CARR

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With over two decades of finance experience, Alice Carr has always had a passion for supporting local communities. As head of community development banking for Chase, she leads a national real estate business that lends to and invests in community and economic development projects across the U.S.

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Top Women in Banking: KAREN BROWN

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Karen Brown, a senior vice president at First Bank, is an experienced professional banker that leads the bank’s Woodland Hills office. She has been the top producer for that office year in and year out.

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Monday, February 10

Top Women in Banking: CLAUDIA BODAN

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Claudia Bodan is Los Angeles Region market president for Commercial Bank of California.

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Top Women in Banking: BITA ARDALAN

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Bita Ardalan is managing director and head of commercial banking for Union Bank. As leader of a business with a 150+ year history on the West Coast, Ardalan sets its strategic vision and heads a high-caliber team.

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Top Women in Banking: LAUREN ANTION

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Intrepid Investment Bankers, a subsidiary of MUFG Union Bank, N.A. In her current role, she works with deal teams on originating and executing mergers and acquisitions as well as helping to raise capital across the beauty and personal care sector.

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Top Women in Banking 2020: Publisher's Letter

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From wrestling with the potential impact of Brexit to charting a course for their institutions’ responsible use of artificial intelligence, this year’s most powerful women in banking have faced many challenges during the past year.

2020 CRE Awards Panelist: James R. Kruse

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Mr. Kruse joined DPI in 2018 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer.

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2020 CRE Awards Panelist: Larry Bond

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Larry Bond is co-founder and chairman of Bond Companies, with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago.

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Friday, February 7

Santa Fe Springs Shopping Center Sells for $32 Million

The shopping center was about 80% leased at the time of the sale

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Hanson Bridgett Adds Attorneys

Group joins from Lewis Brisbois

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Arbor Buys Hotel Portfolio

Sale includes properties in Arcadia

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Software Startups Deliver Innovation

ChowNow, Ordermark and ServiceTitan connect companies, consumers

While some technology developed by L.A.-based software startups is invisible to the average consumer, the impact is anything but.

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Game Changer

Elan Lee I Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens co-founder Elan Lee keeps things casual despite his success.

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Affordable Complex Set for WeHo

Wetherly Palms will replace parking lot, create 100 units

The nonprofit West Hollywood Community Housing Corp. has announced plans to build a 100-unit affordable housing project.

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Bernal Capital Bullish on Hollywood Market

Skye Urban unit will create 18 single-family homes

Hollywood may be a hotbed for multifamily development, but one developer is betting on demand for single-family homes in the area.

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Continental Arranges Financing

Mortgage firm secures $40M for multifamily properties

Four multifamily properties in Los Angeles County have received more than $40 million in financing, mortgage banking firm Continental Partners announced Jan. 30.

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Century Park Sells Mochi Ice Cream Co.

Investment fund acquires pioneering ice cream maker

Mochi Ice Cream Co., credited with inventing and popularizing the frozen spin on the Japanese treat, has been sold by El Segundo-based Century Park Capital Partners.

Auction Is Scheduled for Forever 21

Bankrupt fashion chain in line for new ownership

The fate of beleaguered fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 Inc. could be decided as early as Feb. 10.

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Rail Project Picks Teams

Companies selected to bid on Sepulveda Pass work

Five teams have qualified to bid for the contract to build a rail line through the 405 Freeway’s Sepulveda Pass, officials with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced late last month.

Tetra Tech Gets Government Boost

Firm benefits from stable federal budget process

Sometimes one of the biggest things executives pray for is a lack of drama in their businesses. That's what Tetra Tech is experiencing now with the federal government.

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Ares Partners on Projects

Firm plans NY battery effort

Century City alternative asset management firm Ares Management Corp. has agreed to partner with Atlanta-based Dimension Renewable Energy to further develop large-scale battery energy storage projects in New York state.

Amoeba Busts a Move

Music store will relocate in Hollywood

Amoeba Music will soon get a new home not far from its current location in Hollywood.

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Medical Site Sells for $54M

Crescent Heights to renovate building

Crescent Heights has purchased the Wilshire Medical Center at 6200 Wilshire Blvd. from Wilshire Center Building for $54.3 million, records show.

Fresh Brothers Names Goodman CEO

Pizza industry veteran will be chain’s third chief executive since 2016

Fresh Brothers, the Inglewood-based pizza chain, has appointed Geoffrey Goodman as its third chief executive since the company was acquired by Nolan Capital Inc. in 2016.

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Snap Points to Growth

Earnings disappoint but users increase to 218M

While shares of Snap Inc. slumped last week following lower-than-expected results for fourth-quarter earnings, the company said aggressive efforts to increase users and reduce losses were generating positive results.

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Puma Shares Soar 81% Over 2 Days

Biotechnology company stays quiet amid speculation about run-up

After a year of lackluster and disappointing performance, shares of Westwood-based biopharmaceutical company Puma Biotechnology Inc. mysteriously shot up 81% Feb. 4 and 5 on some of its heaviest trading volume in years.

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Culver City Complex Brings $169M

Jefferson Creative Campus spans 7 acres in the Hayden Tract

A creative office complex near Culver City has sold for $169 million, brokerage Newmark Knight Frank announced Feb. 5.

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Ready Rooms: The Top Hotel Openings of 2019

Hotel openings, construction continue to climb in LA County

Last year was a big one for both hotel openings and hotel construction in Los Angeles County.

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LABJ Insider

In the Games

Read this week's column from Los Angeles Business Journal Editor Scott Robson for goings-on in L.A.'s business community.

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2020 Who's Who in Tech

Well Connected

Get to know the innovative executives who make Silicon Beach an essential hub in the tech industry.

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Helping the World Buzz, Ride and Scoot

Consumer tech companies like Ring, Canoo and Bird are changing industries

Los Angeles consumer tech companies and the executives who launched them have been at the forefront of some of the most successful — and ubiquitous — products and services of the past decade.

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Media Draws a Crowd in Silicon Beach

Companies like Snap, YouTube, TikTok and more have proven they can attract talent along with users

As digital media continues to evolve, and as entertainment plays an increasingly crucial role in the category, Silicon Beach has developed into an essential location for big and ambitious companies.

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Gaming Leaders Work Local, Act Global

Executives at Activision and Riot, among others, are making LA the hub for a burgeoning industry

Gaming is a global industry, but few cities are as entrenched in the production and development of video games as Los Angeles.

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Living Walls Offer Growing Opportunity

Habitat Horticulture allows businesses to go green

Companies are embracing the multiple tangible benefits of installing living walls.

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Helping Banks Up Their Game

InvestCloud’s tech tools reach younger consumers

Many millennials are simultaneously bored and intimidated by finance. InvestCloud Inc. co-founder Yaela Shamberg is working to change that by building financial software that younger consumers actually want to use.

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Growth Spurt at OSI Systems

Security, optoelectronic units drive gains

OSI Systems Inc., a manufacturer of security scanning equipment, medical monitoring devices and optoelectronic components, posted $64.8 million in net income on $1.18 billion revenue during its 2019 fiscal year.

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Silicon Beach Bash

Local tech execs are lifting LA to new heights

While Silicon Valley remains home for many technology industry heavyweights, Los Angeles is rapidly gaining ground as a hub for both startups and established firms.

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Arrowhead announces 'promising' clinical trial results

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced Feb. 5 that it had achieved “promising” interim results from early clinical trials for two of its drugs

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Thursday, February 6

HopSkipDrive Raises $22 Million

HopSkipDrive, a rideshare service for children, raised a $22 million funding round.

ManifestSeven Continues Northern California Expansion

Commerce-based cannabis business ManifestSeven has acquired cannabis delivery service People’s Kush.

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AllVoices Harassment Reporting App Raises $3 Million

AllVoices, an app that enables employees to anonymously report harassment and other workplace issues, raised $3 million in seed funding.

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2020 CRE Awards Panelist: Jason Grinnell

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Jason uses his years of experience in leading real estate transactions and financings to navigate his clients through the Los Angeles real estate market.

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2020 CRE Awards Panelist: Kenneth Tindall

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Ken is a Director in the Los Angeles, California office, and has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting and tax consulting.

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2020 CRE Awards Panelist: Daniel Camin

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Daniel Camin is a Project Executive in the OCLA Special Projects Division.

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Wednesday, February 5

Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: First-Ever Report on Racial Disparities in Attorney Discipline Shared with State Bar

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At a meeting last November, the State Bar Board of Trustees heard a report on the first-ever study of racial disparities in California attorney discipline and what the State Bar is doing to continue monitoring and improving equity in its discipline system.

Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: State Bar Launches Leadership Bank Program to Maximize Funds for Legal Aid

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Late last year, the State Bar of California launched its Leadership Bank program, recognizing financial institutions that help maximize funds to support meaningful access to justice for low-income Californians.

Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: CANDICE ZEE

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Candice Zee is an L.A.-based shareholder and member of Vedder Price’s Labor & Employment practice.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: THOMAS J. YOO

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Thomas Yoo is a Los Angeles litigation attorney, a partner, and leader of Holland & Knight’s Product Liability Life Sciences Team.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: DEBRA WONG YANG

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Debra Wong Yang has spent the past decades honing a practice where she is breaking through barriers and practicing where the law is just emerging. She has had a groundbreaking career – first Asian-American woman to serve as a U.S.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: CHRIS WU

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Chris Wu is a corporate partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ leading M&A / Private Equity practice group.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: BART WILLIAMS

Bart Williams is one of the nation’s most sought-after trial lawyers, with experience in a wide array of commercial litigation as well as white-collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: KEOLA ROBERT WHITTAKER

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From helping a startup food and beverage company navigate its first product recall to assisting an international mining giant in groundbreaking environmental litigation, McGuireWoods associate Keola Whittaker has played important roles ensuring that clients achieve success in the courtroom or avoid litigation altogether.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: BEN WANG

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Ben Wang is a partner at Russ August & Kabat. He is member of the firm’s general litigation, intellectual property litigation, trial and appellate groups.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: BELINDA MARTINEZ VEGA

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Belinda Martinez Vega is a partner in Venable LLP’s Los Angeles office. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including matters involving unfair business practices, securities litigation, intellectual property, contract disputes, and fraud.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: ALBERT VALENCIA

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Albert Valencia’s practice is focused on real estate and related business matters. His clients include developers, operators, private equity investors and commercial banks in a broad range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and syndications, commercial leasing, financing, loan modifications, workouts and restructurings.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: RHONDA TROTTER

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An experienced trial lawyer with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer in Los Angeles, Rhonda Trotter has broad trial experience in intellectual property, products liability, and other commercial disputes, and regularly prosecutes and defends high-stakes trademark, false advertising, and copyright lawsuits.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: JASON H. TOKORO

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Jason Tokoro is a complex commercial litigator with extensive experience in the entertainment, professional sports, real estate, and financial industries. He has represented a multitude of movie studios including Warner Bros.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: SHIRAZ TANGRI

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Shiraz Tangri was born in Jamshedpur, India; he immigrated to upstate New York as a child, and obtained a BA from New York University and a JD from Georgetown University

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: DANIEL SUVOR

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With high-level experience in the Obama administration and as top policy advisor to former California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Daniel Suvor has quickly established himself as a leader at O’Melveny.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: KALPANA SRINIVASAN

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Kalpana Srinivasan is an esteemed trial lawyer, a recognized pioneer, and a many-times honored litigator. I

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: MILDRED SEGURA

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Mildred Segura is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Reed Smith and a member of the Life Sciences Health Industry Group, practicing in the area of product liability with particular emphasis on medical device, pharmaceutical, toxic tort and managed care litigation In state and federal courts, including class actions and multidistrict litigations.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: NEEMA SAHNI

Neema Sahni is a litigation partner with deep media industry expertise. Through her work at Covington & Barling, and her prior experience in-house as corporate legal counsel: distribution at The Walt Disney Company, Sahni has developed a sophisticated understanding of the legal issues facing clients in the sports, media, and entertainment industries.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: JULIA ROMANO

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Julia Romano, who made partner at King & Spalding last year, has the trial experience that few 35-year-old, female and openly LGBT attorneys possess, with more than a dozen high-profile jury trials under her belt after 11 years of practice.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: ALEX ROMAIN

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A partner at Irell & Manella, Alex Romain is a national trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in high-stakes, complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense.

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Top Minority Attorney's in Los Angeles: ANGELA REDDOCK-WRIGHT

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A practicing attorney for nearly 25 years and named a “Southern California Super Lawyer” by her peers each year for the last ten years, Angela Reddock-Wright is regarded as a “go-to” attorney and human resources professional when it comes to any issues dealing with the workplace.

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Top Minority Attorney's in Los Angeles: ARJUN RAO

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Arjun Rao of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan 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.

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Top Minority Attorney's in Los Angeles: PAMELA J. PRIVETT

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Pamela J. Privett is a partner and team lead for the Real Estate, Finance & Investment Group in Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office. For 35 years, she has handled a wide variety of comp

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Jennifer Post serves as the managing partner of Thompson Coburn’s Los Angeles office. She is the first LGBTQ attorney to serve as an office managing partner in the firm’s history

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: PURVI PATEL

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Purvi Patel is a recognized leader, mentor, and role model in her practice, within Morrison & Foerster, and throughout the community. Patel has a defined niche that cuts across the firm’s Class Actions + Mass Torts and Privacy + Data Security groups.

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Top Minority in Los Angeles: ANTHONY PACHECO

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Since joining Vedder Price last year, Anthony Pacheco has burnished his already distinguished career in corporate law and public service and shows no signs of slowing down.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: STEPHANE D. NGUYEN

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Stephane D. Nguyen is a partner in Reed Smith’s Century City office. His practice focuses on business transactional law, with an emphasis on real estate and corporate transactions and matters

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: POOJA S. NAIR

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Pooja S. Nair is a business litigator and the head of Ervin Cohen & Jessup’s Food and Beverage practice group.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: SEAN MONROE

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As one of Los Angeles’ leading corporate lawyers, clients in LA and beyond turn to Sean Monroe for their most significant deals.

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Tuesday, February 4

Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: ENRIQUE A. MONAGAS

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Enrique A. Monagas practice focuses primarily on business, intellectual property, entertainment, and constitutional matters. He has represented clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: KEVIN J. MINNICK

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Kevin Minnick is counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which he joined in 2009 following a clerkship with the Honorable Raymond C.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: DARRELL D. MILLER

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In the entertainment industry, Darrell Miller is known as a career multiplier, helping his clients leverage success to generate more success, so that their projects lead seamlessly to even greater or new opportunities.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: AMBER MELIUS

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Amber Melius, partner at leading entertainment litigation boutique Kinsella Weitzman, handles a broad range of complex litigation matters on behalf of the biggest names in Hollywood.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: BYRON J. MCLAIN

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Byron McLain is a Los Angeles-based trial lawyer and white-collar criminal defense partner at Foley & Lardner LLP. A member of the firm’s Government Enforcement Defense & Investigatio

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: CANDACE L. MATSON

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Candace Matson is a partner in Sheppard Mullin’s Los Angeles office, where she is a member of the Business Trials and Real Estate Practice Groups. She also leads the firm’s Construction Team.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: MERCEDES O. MARTIN

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Mercedes Martin is an active participant in both the firm’s Diversity and Women’s Committees, and has been instrumental in implementing firm wide diversity events to shape the firm’s culture across its growing number of offices in the west coast.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: D. JASON LYON

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D. Jason Lyon is a litigation partner at Hahn & Hahn LLP. His practice focuses on commercial, trust, and employment matters. Prior to joining Hahn & Hahn, Lyon was an associate with Latha

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: IRENE Y. LEE

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Irene Lee is a partner at Russ August & Kabat, where she focuses her practice on all aspects of intellectual property, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, and IP licensing.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: JOHN LECRONE

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John LeCrone is a passionate leader and creative collaborator; his ambitious and positive attitude has led him to become an integral change agent in our firm. A

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: RYAN LEADERMAN

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Ryan Leaderman is a Los Angeles environmental attorney who focuses his practice on obtaining and negotiating land use entitlements for complex land use planning and mixed-use developments. Leaderman also handles securing project approvals for all types of major developments in Southern California.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: HOLLY R. LAKE

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Holly R. Lake is one of Los Angeles’ preeminent employment lawyers, representing both private and public employers in all aspects of employment law and related litigation, including discrimination,

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: LINDA KORNFELD

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Lawdragon recently referred to Linda Kornfeld, a partner at Blank Rome LLP and Vice Chair of th

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: ANNE KIM

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Anne Kim is a corporate tax partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ nationally recognized M&A / Private Equity practice group. Recently joining the firm from Proskauer Rose, Anne is an integral part of

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: BRIEN KELLEY

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Brien R. Kelley is senior counsel of Sklar Kirsh in the Real Estate Department. Kelley’s practice focuses on complex real estate transactions, with significant experience in commercial and multi-family residential acquisitions and dispositions, real property secured financing, joint venture formation,

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: MOEZ M. KABA

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As a diverse, young attorney, Moez Kaba is quickly becoming a trusted advisor, serving as co-lead or second chair on the firm’s most significant matters.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: ROLAND M. JUAREZ

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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.

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LA County Construction Employment Expected to Grow 6% Over Next 5 Years

The construction sector in Los Angeles County will add nearly 9,500 jobs over the next five years for a growth rate of 6%, according to a new forecast.

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Monday, February 3

Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: KATHY HUANG

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Kathy Huang has a proven track record of providing valuable and strategic solutions for clients facing major exposure and bet-the-company litigation.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: MIRA HASHMALL

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

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: MARISSA ROMAN GRIFFITH

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Among the very few senior Latina attorneys in private practice specializing in media and entertainment transactions, Marissa Roman Griffith regularly handles multimillion-dollar deals for financiers, borrowers, distributors and others involved in various aspects of the production, financing and distribution of film, television and digital content, including credit facilities, domestic and international co-financing agreements and slate transactions.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: ABIRAMI GNANADESIGAN

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Abi Gnanadesigan is one of Dykema’s most talented young attorneys. After joining Dykema as an associate, she quickly proved her acumen with invaluable contributions to helping clients reach success.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: TERRENCE M. FRANKLIN

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Regarded by his peers as an excellent advocate and dynamic in the courtroom, Terrence Franklin has become the go-to attorney for litigation involving substantial trusts and estates, probate matters, disputes and appeals.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: GEORGE C. FATHEREE III

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George Fatheree is a transactional attorney in Munger, Tolles & Olson’s real estate group, where he works on a wide array of commercial real estate transactions and also advises museums, educational institutions and other non-for-profit organizations in a variety of corporate, real estate and governance matters.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: CAMILO ECHAVARRIA

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Camilo Echavarria’s outstanding performance in his practice and his contributions to advancing his community are what distinguish him and make him the personification of leadership and influence.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: VICTOR DE LA CRUZ

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Leader of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s land use practice, Victor De la Cruz has a nearly 20-year history of successfully guiding his clients through complex land use matters at the intersection of law and government.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: KANIKA CORLEY

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Kanika Corley has a broad-based commercial litigation, entertainment, and emerging technology practice. Through the years, she has worked with and provided legal assistance for a wide array of clients including:

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: MILES COOLEY

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Miles Cooley’s history of successfully resolving commercial cases for major corporations has prepared him for a career of handling complex dispute resolutions and sophisticated transactional matters for entertainment and media clients on a loc

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: MICHELLE COOKE

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Over the course of 27 years, Michelle Cooke, Leader of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s intellectual property protection and enforcement practice, has established herself as the go-to attorney for companies facing complex, multijurisdictional trademark disputes. Known for the brea

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: ANDREW Y. CHOUNG

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Andrew Y. Choung is a highly accomplished patent attorney with a primary focus on high-tech, complex patent litigation and Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings such as inter partes review.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: VICKI CHOU

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Vicki Chou is of counsel and a key member of the White Collar and Investigations team. She is a seasoned tri

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: DAVID V. CHANG

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Representing clients in complex business deals requires scrupulous attention to detail, an ability to assess multiple financial scenarios and a keen knowledge and familiarity with the state and

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: PAUL S. CHAN

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Managing principal Paul Chan has focused on the trial of complex litigation matters for the past 25 years, specializing in cases involving civil RICO, unfair competition, and theft of tra

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: RALPH CAMPILLO

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Ralph Campillo is a Cuban native who came to the US as part of the Peter Pan Kids program in the early 1960s. Campillo went on to pursue the American dream and graduated from USC in 1973 with a BS degree magna cum laude and later graduated with a JD from UC Davis in 1976.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: MICHAEL BROPHY

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Michael Brophy is a partner in the trust and estate litigation team at Withers and is managing director of the firm’s Los Angeles Office. He has extensive experience representing high net worth individuals and families, charities, corporate trustees, private professional fiduciaries and creditors in litigation involving complex trusts and estates.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: JOSHUA BRIONES

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Joshua Briones is a son of immigrant farm workers who came to the United States from Mexico to work in the fields of Northern California.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: WILLIAM J. BRIGGS II

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William J. Briggs, II, a partner with Venable LLP in Los Angeles, is recognized as a leading trial lawyer and civil litigator, with extensive experience in the entertainment industry.

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Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles: SEAN ANDRADE

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For almost a decade, Sean Andrade, managing partner and founder of Andrade Gonzalez, served on the National Board of Governors for the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).

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Top Minority Attorneys: Publisher's Letter

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We’re pleased to share our Top Minority Attorneys special supplement, which recognizes the most influential minority attorneys in the city of Los Angeles.