Neal Koch

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Film Commission Sets $40 Million in Tax Credits

In what the California Film Commission said is a sign that Hollywood is ready to return to work, the agency announced $40 million in tax credits.

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Law Firms Embrace Remote Work

Quarantine prompts a ‘sea change’ for operations

Los Angeles law firms have undergone dramatic changes in less than three months — a response to the Covid-19 quarantine and emerging technology.

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Private Equity Sector Is Showing Signs of Life

While some firms are posting gains, category still faces a long road back

Covid-19 caused private equity fund managers to slam on the brakes but now they're facing some of the most complex deals of their careers.

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Rates Likely to Rise Sharply

Businesses may see hikes after vandalism, virus

Businesses throughout L.A. County will almost certainly face some combination of insurance rate increases, coverage cutbacks and new protective requirements as a result of recent looting and virus vulnerabilities.

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Boies Rethinks LA Approach

NY firm adjusts after mass defections by partners

At the height of a heady courtship in February 2017, Chris Caldwell found himself on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, being wooed over dinner at the fashionable Harry Cipriani restaurant by David Boies, perhaps the preeminent trial lawyer of his generation.

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Divorce Firms Expect Surge

Post-lockdown period will lead to ‘very busy’ time

For 23 years, Barbara Hammers’ family law practice Hammers & Baltazar, with offices in Santa Monica and West L.A., hummed along. As one divorce case ended, another walked in the door, providing a steady income.

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Junk Rating for WME Talent Agency Loan

Impact of virus cited for downgrade

Moody’s Investors Service Inc. has downgraded Beverly Hills-based William Morris Endeavor Entertainment’s new term loan further in the junk bond range.

Live Nation Credit Is Downgraded

Company’s planned $800 million debt issuance gets junk level status

S&P Global Inc. has downgraded Live Nation Entertainment Inc.’s credit rating to junk bond status with a negative outlook and rated the company’s proposed $800 million issuance of senior secured notes at junk level.

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Endeavor’s WME IMG Takes Another Credit Hit

Moody’s downgrades agency

Moody’s Investors Service downgraded its outlook for Beverly Hills-based WME IMG Holdings to negative from stable and lowered the company’s credit rating.

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A View From The Pandemic's Front Lines

Julie Miller-Phipps leads Kaiser Permanente’s expansive response to the Covid-19 crisis in the LA market

Among those with major responsibility for managing the response to the Covid-19 contagion in Los Angeles, Julie Miller-Phipps shoulders one of the heaviest loads.

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