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Volume Here Bucks Nat’l Trend for 3% Jump on 310 Deals

Number of Deals Down 11% in U.S.; Total Value Up

The pace of merger-and-acquisition activity by Orange County businesses rose by about 3% in 2013, capping the year at 310 deals.

Lawyers Benefit From Deals Uptick, Relationships

Transactions in the Billions Result From Clients’ Trust

Orange County’s merger-and-acquisition lawyers stayed busy last year with a steady flow of deals that included well-watched transactions and a good number of local businesses buying and selling.

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Irell & Manella Names New Managing Partner

Los Angeles-based law firm Irell & Manella LLP has named Michael Ermer the new managing partner for its Orange County office.

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UCI Gets Washington State Dean for Business School

The University of California, Irvine, has named Eric Spangenberg as dean of its Paul Merage School of Business.

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Taco Bell Boss to Address UCI Business School Grads

Taco Bell Corp. Chief Executive Greg Creed will be the “distinguished executive speaker” at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business graduation ceremony on June 16 at the Bren Events Center.

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Latham & Watkins Names New OC Managing Partner

Global law firm Latham & Watkins LLP has named Michele Johnson managing partner for its Orange County office.

Credit Union Makes Educational Donation

California State University Fullerton will recognize SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union for its $500,000 naming gift to the College of Education’s Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking during a March 5 event at the university’s Pollak Library.

Ahoy in Anaheim

Anaheim-based boat maker Willard Marine Inc. is “recreating itself.”

Burress by the Hour; Doti’s Roadmap; Bealls’ Starry Night

Jay Burress had a lot of good news to go over on his first full year as president and CEO of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau.

Beall Foundation Gives UCI Boost on Tech Transfer

EDUCATION: $5M for center to speed up commercialization

University of California, Irvine, is creating a new campuswide center that aims to speed up commercialization of its research and support technology development.

Yamaha Motor Taps Local Ad Agencies

Cypress-based Yamaha Motor Corp. USA chose two local ad shops to handle its advertising, ending a three-month review for the national account.

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Chase Bank is laying off 168 employees from its mortgage operations in Irvine by early March.

Vans Taps Deeper Into Creative Roots for SXSW

In Music Festival Again, Releases Documentary

Cypress-based Vans Inc. is returning to this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Passion for Food, Sharing It Make Dubray Stand Out

Pelican Hill Executive Chef Leads With Strength, Smiles

Our Chef of the Year, Jean-Pierre Dubray, has been engaging the public in appreciation of gorgeously showcased and inherently delicious food for more than three decades.

Pelican Hill Offers Food, More for Locals, Guests

Trio of Restaurants Get Fifi’s Seal of Approval

There’s so much happening at The Resort at Pelican Hill all during the year. I’ll try to capsulize it but nevertheless want to bring you the best of the resort.