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James Cutchin

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Green Credits, Incentives Likely to Boost LA Companies

Tax credits and incentives are central pillars of the green energy industry.

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Cryptocurrency, Biotech Set the Pace in a Solid Year for LA Stocks

It was a year that will be remembered for a pandemic, an economic downturn and social justice protests, but for many publicly traded companies in Los Angeles, 2020 will also go down as a period of strong gains in the equities markets.

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March Capital Raises $450 Million Enterprise Software Fund

Santa Monica-based March Capital has closed a its third venture fund with $450 million in capital.

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Furniture Maker Outer Raises Another $10.5 Million

Santa Monica-based outdoor furniture startup Outer Inc. has raised $10.5 million in Series A funding.

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Icahn Sells $600 Million in Herbalife Stock

Activist investor Carl Icahn has sold the majority of his shares in Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. and has relinquished his five board seats at the downtown-based nutritional supplement company.

EV Battery-Maker Romeo Goes Public

Vernon-based electric vehicle battery-maker Romeo Power Inc. has gone public via a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC.

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Sloan, Sagansky Plan $1.5 SPAC

Veteran investors and former media executives Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky are looking to raise their largest special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, yet.

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WeeCare Helps Home Day Care Businesses Stay Afloat

Three years ago, local entrepreneur and expectant mother Jessica Chang received some surprising advice.

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SSI Investment Rides in Style With Convertibles

Beverly Hills-based SSI Investment Management has experienced significant upside over the last year through its focus on a relatively niche asset class.

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Colony Capital Moves Headquarters to Florida

Real estate investment firm Colony Capital Inc. has relocated its corporate headquarters from downtown to Boca Raton, Fla.

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Kayne Anderson Raises Second CLO Fund

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors has raised a $600 million collateralized loan obligation fund.

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Sloan Looks to Raise New $1.5 Billion SPAC

Veteran investors Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky are looking to raise their largest SPAC yet.

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Platinum Equity Sells Singapore Manufacturer for $400 Million

Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity has sold portfolio company Compart Systems Pte Ltd. to Chinese investor Shanghai Wanye Enterprises Co. Ltd.

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Colony Capital Sells More Legacy Holdings

Colony Capital Inc. has sold off or refinanced several of its legacy real estate assets, netting the firm a combined $181 million.

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Book of Lists Profile: Greycroft Reaps Rewards of a Remote Culture

Greycroft has had a standout year amid some of the greatest economic turmoil in decades.

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NantKwest, ImmunityBio Plan to Merge

Culver City-based NantKwest Inc. and El Segundo-based ImmunityBio have announced plans to combine in a reverse merger.

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FDIC Report Points to Ongoing Unbanked Problem for LA

The rate of bank account ownership remains low in Los Angeles relative to the rest of the country, according to the most recent report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on unbanked Americans.

Perch Raises Seed Round for Credit Building Platform

Downtown-based fintech Perch Credit Inc. has raised $2.5 million in seed funding.

Young Entrepreneur Anthony Zhang Won’t Be Slowed

Anthony Zhang is the epitome of a dogged entrepreneur.

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New President Raffetto Leads Middle-Market Push at City National

Richard Raffetto has spent just over 100 days as president of downtown-based City National Bank.

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Swell, Ares Plan $450 Million in Financing for Solar Energy

Swell Energy Inc. has partnered with Century City-based asset manager Ares Management Corp. and sustainability-focused asset manager Aligned Climate Capital to create a $450 million financing vehicle.

Live Nation Looks to Raise Another $500 Million

Beverly Hills-based Live Nation plans to sell $500 million worth of secured senior notes in a private offering.

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Oaktree Makes $100 Million Natural Gas Investment

Downtown-based Oaktree Capital Management has invested $100 million in oil and gas investment company BKV Corp.

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Platinum to Acquire Ingram Micro in $7.2 Billion Deal

Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity has announced plans to acquire Irvine-based Ingram Micro Inc. in a deal valued at $7.2 billion.

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Orca Secures $55 Million Series B

Orca Security Ltd., a cybersecurity company focused on cloud computing systems, has raised $55 million in a Series B funding round.

Oblong Closes $5 Million Private Placement

Oblong Inc., a downtown-based remote meeting equipment business, has raised $5 million in PIPE investment.

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Investment Manager Whittier Trust Adapts to Covid Demands

As the oldest multifamily office on the West Coast, Whittier Trust Co. has seen its share of economic turbulence.

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Clearlake Capital Makes Five Acquisitions

Santa Monica-based private equity group Clearlake Capital Partners has unveiled a series of five acquisitions in recent weeks.

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EZ Texting Secures $13 Million in Growth Financing

Santa Monica-based Callfire Inc., doing business as EZ Texting, has received $13 million in growth capital financing from Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s CIBC Innovation Banking arm.

Colony Capital Sells $400 Million Industrial Portfolio

Downtown-based real estate investment firm Colony Capital Inc. has closed the sale of its 51% ownership stake in a $400 million industrial bulk distribution portfolio.

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Former Media Exec Harry Sloan Now Stars in the Hottest Sector in Finance

Harry Sloan has had an impressive, if eclectic, career.

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Local Debt Funds Are Picking Their Spots and Awaiting Post-Covid Opportunities

Like the financial crisis a decade ago, the Covid-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through the lending markets.

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Salon Software Platform Boulevard Raises $27 Million

West Hollywood-based salon and spa software platform Boulevard Labs Inc. has raised $27 million in Series B funding.

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Credit Key Raises $33 Million for Business Commerce Financing

West Los Angeles-based B2B e-commerce platform Credit Key has raised $33.85 million in series A capital.

HM Bradley Raises $18 Million for Savings-Focused Banking

HMBradley Inc., a Santa Monica-based fintech company focused on banking services, has raised $18.3 million in Series A funding.

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Lido Advisors Leads Deal for $700 Million Fixed-Income Team

Century City-based Lido Advisors and Oakhurst Advisors as well as Washington, D.C.-based F/m Acceleration have completed the purchase of First Western Capital Management Co.’s fixed-income business.

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How LA Wealth Managers Are Handling the Wealthiest’s Portfolios During the Pandemic

While the pandemic’s economic impact has been devastating for some Angelenos, most of L.A.’s well-heeled have been relatively insulated from the financial fallout.

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‘Dr. Betty’ Returns to Banking

Betty Uribe is just over one month into her term as JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s California consumer bank divisional director, overseeing JPMorgan’s entire California retail bank network.

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Quid Capital Raises $320 Million for Pre-IPO Lending

Santa Monica-based Quid Capital Group has raised a $320 million fund to lend against private technology company stocks.

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Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures Looks to Raise New Fund

Sound Ventures, a Beverly Hills-based venture firm founded by Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary, is looking to raise $150 million.

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Digital Colony Leads $1.2 Billion Investment

Investment firm Digital Colony Management has led a $1.25 billion investment in Denver-based Vantage Data Centers.

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South L.A.-based Everytable Raises $16 Million for Healthy, Low-Cost Food

Everytable, a University Park-based prepared meal startup, has raised $16 million in Series B funding.

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TCW Group Sets $160 Million CLO Platform

Downtown-based TCW Group Inc. has entered into a partnership with investment bank Jefferies Group and credit manager Kennedy Lewis Investment Management to issue new collateralized loan obligations, or CLOs.

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Brace Software Brings a Fresh Approach to Mortgage Servicing

Brace Software Inc. could not have been better positioned for Covid-19.

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Techstars LA Exec Barber Joins M13

Anna Barber, the former managing director of Techstars Los Angeles, has joined Santa Monica-based venture firm M13.

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Broadway Financial Reports Loss Ahead of Merger

Hancock Park-based Broadway Financial Corp. reported a net loss of $244 million in its third-quarter earnings.

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Clearlake Sets $3 Billion Buyout of Endurance International

Santa Monica-based private equity firm Clearlake Capital Partners plans to buy cloud-based business services company Endurance International Group Holdings Inc. in an all-cash deal valued at $3 billion, including debt.

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Mitú Founder Starts Personal Finance Platform for Latinos

Beatríz Acevedo, founder of downtown-based Latino youth media company Mitú, has launched personal finance platform Suma Wealth Inc.

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MedMen Secures $26 Million in Loans

Culver City-based cannabis retailer MedMen Enterprises Inc. has raised $25.7 million in debt across three loan facilities.

Scratchpay Brings Fintech to Pet Care

Scratch Financial Inc., better known as Scratchpay, has had breakout success in a remarkably niche business.

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