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Report Hints at $1.6B Price for HB Insurance Broker

FINANCE: Latino market specialist now in 17 statesFast-growing insurance brokerage firm Confie is reportedly on the sales block.

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Habit Postpones Holders’ $138M Offering

Irvine-based fast casual burger chain Habit Restaurants Inc. today postponed a secondary offering by shareholders of $138 million in common stock “in light of current capital market conditions.”

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Hotel Irvine Has New GM

Resort industry veteran Jeroen Quint is the new general manager of Hotel Irvine, having joined the hotel last month.

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ICU Medical Shutters Slovakia Plant

San Clemente-based ICU Medical Inc. will close its manufacturing plant in Vrable, Slovakia, and cut 265 jobs, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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Alphaeon to Buy Laser Maker

Irvine-based Alphaeon Corp. said today that it would buy Lensar Inc. for up to $59 million.

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New Name Partners for BK Boutique

Costa Mesa-based bankruptcy law firm Weiland Golden LLP has added William Lobel and Alan Friedman as partners and changed its name to Lobel Weiland Golden Friedman LLP.

Irvine Front and Center for Allergan R&D

HEALTHCARE: Kybella seen as next ‘pipeline in a product’ for drugmaker

Allergan PLC’s operations in Irvine appear poised to remain front and center in the drugmaker’s research and development endeavors.

Wastewater Outfit Buys Firm in Canada

Costa Mesa-based wastewater solids reduction and removal company JWC Environmental acquired IPEC Consultants in Canada on undisclosed terms.

Disney Races Forward With Events Business in Anaheim

HOSPITALITY: Weekend runs draw thousands to parks, hotels

A four-day weekend of running events that ended Nov. 15 at Disneyland Resort capped a year of growth for an increasingly important approach it takes to marketing its two parks and 2,400 hotel rooms in Anaheim.

Habit Holders to Sell 5.75M Shares for $138M

Shareholders of Habit Restaurants Inc. plan to sell up to 5.75 million shares for an estimated $137.7 million, a Securities and Exchange Commission filing shows.

Saunders Touts Innovation Amid Allergan-Pfizer Chatter

HEALTHCARE: Also talks up leadership on aesthetics

Brent Saunders, chief executive and architect of the “new” Allergan PLC, stayed on the go during a visit to Orange County earlier this month.

ICU Medical Looks to Increase Lucrative OEM Work

Manufacture of Parts For Others ‘Outperformed’

Making parts for other manufacturers is paying off for San Clemente-based ICU Medical Inc.

Webinar Software Provider Adds App-Connecting Tech

AnyMeeting Customers Can Sync With Other Tools

Web conferencing and webinar software company AnyMeeting Inc. in Huntington Beach is using Sunnyvale-based Zapier Inc.’s technology to help customers connect its products to popular business apps, including Salesforce, HubSpot, Constant Contact, Eventbrite, LinkedIn, and more than 400 others.

Blizzard Game Favorite Headed for the Big Screen

‘Warcraft’ Movie to Debut In Theaters Next June

The long-awaited release of the movie version of flagship Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s franchise game “Warcraft” will hit movie theaters in June.

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Tradeshow Firm Buys Vegas Event

Emerald Expositions LLC in San Juan Capistrano acquired National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo from the show’s co-owners, Jim Bannister and Mike McGuire, for an undisclosed amount.