Orange County Business Journal

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NB Activist Firm Names Slate for A&F Board

Newport Beach-based activist investor Engaged Capital LLC has nominated five candidates for the board of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

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Raw Ingredients Supplier Moves to Irvine

Herbal extracts supplier GE Nutrients Inc. has expanded its U.S. operations in a recent move to Irvine from Anaheim.

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Raw Ingredients Supplier Moves to Irvine

Herbal extracts supplier GE Nutrients Inc. has expanded its U.S. operations in a recent move to Irvine from Anaheim.

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Opus Adds Private Equity, Correspondent Banking Divisions

Opus Bank has formed a private equity group and a corporate-finance division, the latest efforts by the Irvine-based bank to expand its investment-banking business.

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Opus Adds Private Equity, Correspondent Banking Divisions

Opus Bank has formed a private equity group and a corporate-finance division, the latest efforts by the Irvine-based bank to expand its investment-banking business.

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American Security Bank Sold for $57M

Newport Beach-based American Bancshares Inc. has agreed to sell its American Security Bank subsidiary to CVB Financial Corp. for $57 million.

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Hyundai Capital to Move 85 Jobs from OC

Irvine-based Hyundai Capital America Inc. is transferring about 85 jobs from Orange County to its existing operations in Atlanta and Dallas while looking to make room for future growth here.

Q&A - Wealth Management Firms

A general rise in life expectancy has been the focus of many a conversation among wealth managers and their clients of late, regardless of how far the clients may be from planned retirement.

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Hyundai Capital to Move 85 Jobs from OC

Irvine-based Hyundai Capital America Inc. is transferring about 85 jobs from Orange County to its existing operations in Atlanta and Dallas while looking to make room for future growth here.

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NB Investor in $5M Deal for Santa Ana Clean-Tech Manufacturer

Private equity investor Kodiak Capital Group LLC has agreed to buy up to $5 million worth of common stock from Greenkraft Inc., a Santa Ana-based manufacturer of alternative-fuel automotive products.

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NB Investor in $5M Deal for Santa Ana Clean-Tech Manufacturer

Private equity investor Kodiak Capital Group LLC has agreed to buy up to $5 million worth of common stock from Greenkraft Inc., a Santa Ana-based manufacturer of alternative-fuel automotive products.

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Local VCs Back Margolis’ Healthcare Company

A couple of Orange County venture capital firms participated in a $22.1 million funding round for Welltok Inc., a healthcare software company in Denver.

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Argyros Nominates Clark to DST Board

The Argyros Family Trust has nominated private-equity investor John Clark to the board of directors of DST Systems Inc., where the trust is the largest shareholder and George Argyros serves as a director.

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Argyros Nominates Clark to DST Board

The Argyros Family Trust has nominated private-equity investor John Clark to the board of directors of DST Systems Inc., where the trust is the largest shareholder and George Argyros serves as a director.

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Universal Protection Makes Atlanta Buy

Santa Ana-based Universal Protection Service has acquired International Security Management Group Inc. in Atlanta on undisclosed terms.

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Ohio Manufacturer Opens Tech Center in Irvine

A Cincinnati-based manufacturer of plastic processing equipment has opened a technical center in Orange County.

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Ohio Manufacturer Opens Tech Center in Irvine

A Cincinnati-based manufacturer of plastic processing equipment has opened a technical center in Orange County.

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NB Investor Buys Golf Club in Oklahoma City

Concert Golf Partners, a Newport Beach-based golf club owner and operator, has acquired Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City by paying off its debts to a couple of banks.

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NB Investor Buys Golf Club in Oklahoma City

Concert Golf Partners, a Newport Beach-based golf club owner and operator, has acquired Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City by paying off its debts to a couple of banks.

OC Bar Foundation Gets $15M Gift

The Orange County Bar Foundation in Santa Ana got $15.3 million from the Jeffrey M. Carlton Foundation, the largest gift it has received in its 45-year history.

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International Man of Mastery

Fluidmaster CFO on to Challenges in Slovenia

Fluidmaster Inc. has been busy solidifying its presence in the international market.

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Lake Forest Mortgage Company Buys in L.A.

Lake Forest-based mortgage lender Crossline Capital Inc. has acquired Medallion Mortgage Co. in Agoura Hills on undisclosed terms.

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Lake Forest Mortgage Company Buys in L.A.

Lake Forest-based mortgage lender Crossline Capital Inc. has acquired Medallion Mortgage Co. in Agoura Hills on undisclosed terms.

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Barney & Barney Acquired by Marsh Subsidiary

Barney & Barney LLC, a San Diego-based insurance brokerage firm with offices in Aliso Viejo and Northern California, has been acquired by Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC on undisclosed terms.

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Barney & Barney Acquired by Marsh Subsidiary

Barney & Barney LLC, a San Diego-based insurance brokerage firm with offices in Aliso Viejo and Northern California, has been acquired by Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC on undisclosed terms.

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Sunwest Buys Failed Bank in Idaho

Sunwest Bank in Irvine has acquired the assets and deposits of Syringa Bank, a Boise, Idaho-based bank that was closed by the state Department of Finance last week.

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Confie Buys in Texas

Huntington Beach-based Confie Seguros Insurance Services has acquired 1 Stop Financial Service Centers of America in Round Rock, Texas.

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KorAm Contribution

97,000 Residents, 9,000 Businesses, $2.6B in Revenue—and Growing in OC

A special initiative under way in Buena Park by one of the largest banks in the U.S. is the latest reflection of the significant concentration of Korean-American businesses in Orange County.

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Bank Deposits Rise Sharply After 3 Slow-Growth Years

Majority of Banks With OC Presence Post Gains

Commercial banks in Orange County grew local deposits by nearly 8% last year after three straight years of gains averaging 2.6% a year.

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Profit Up for CommerceWest Bank

Irvine-based CommerceWest Bank reported increases in assets and profit last year, helped by interest income gains and cost cuts.

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New CFO at California Republic

Irvine-based California Republic Bancorp has hired financial services veteran Mark Olson as its new chief financial officer to succeed Andy Reid, who will remain the bank’s chief accountant.

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Universal Protection Buys in Hawaii

Santa Ana-based Universal Protection Service has acquired Kiamalu Consulting & Investigations Agency LLC in Honolulu on undisclosed terms.

Universal Protection Buys in Hawaii

Santa Ana-based Universal Protection Service has acquired Kiamalu Consulting & Investigations Agency LLC in Honolulu on undisclosed terms.

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New CFO at California Republic

Irvine-based California Republic Bancorp has hired financial services veteran Mark Olson as its new chief financial officer to succeed Andy Reid, who will remain the bank’s chief accountant.

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Pimco Names More Deputies for Gross

Pacific Investment Management Co. has named four new deputy chief investment officers in its latest round of appointments following last week’s announcement that Chief Executive and Co-Chief Investment Officer Mohamed El-Erian plans to step down in March.

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Hat Wholesaler Set for Move to Brea

APPAREL: Shift of West Coast HQ comes on steady growth

A run of steady growth has hat maker Flexfit LLC slated to move its West Coast operations from Fullerton to a larger facility in Brea in coming months.

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OC Gains Jobs, Jobless Rate on Steady Decline

Orange County employment grew by about 2.4% last year, boosted by December gains that helped push the unemployment rate down to 5.2% from 5.7% in November and 6.8% a year earlier.

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Plaza Bank Profits Up

Irvine-based Plaza Bank more than doubled its profit in 2013, rounding out the year with a boost in net income in the final quarter.

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VC Funding Up for 2013 Despite Q4 Dropoff

Venture capital funding for Orange County-based businesses rose 13% in 2013 despite a steep dropoff in the fourth quarter.

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VC Funding Up for 2013 Despite Q4 Dropoff

Venture capital funding for Orange County-based businesses rose 13% in 2013 despite a steep dropoff in the fourth quarter.

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Santa Ana Golf Retailer in Florida Deal

Santa Ana-based Worldwide Golf Enterprises Inc. has acquired Edwin Watts Golf Shops LLC, a retailer in Ft. Walton Beach that filed for bankruptcy late last year.

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Pimco Outlines Executive Changes in Wake of El-Erian Resignation

Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co. announced a roster of new appointments in portfolio management and business leadership positions in the wake of word that Mohamed El-Erian will step down as chief executive and co-chief investment officer.

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New CEO for Western Dental

Orange-based Western Dental Services Inc. has named Simon Castellanos its new chief executive officer.

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Robinson to Be Installed President of ABOTA

Mark Robinson Jr., managing partner of Newport Beach-based law firm Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis Inc., will be installed as this year’s president of the American Board of Trial Advocates on Jan. 25.

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El-Erian to Leave Pimco

Mohamed El-Erian is stepping down from his chief executive and co-chief investment officer roles at Pacific Investment Management Co.

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Windjammer Exits Drink Dispenser Company

Newport Beach-based private equity investor Windjammer Capital Investors has sold its stake in Automatic Bar Controls Inc. to Middleby Corp. on undisclosed terms.

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Kareo Gets $29.5M

Irvine-based healthcare software developer Kareo Inc. got $29.5 million in venture funding it said will go toward sales and marketing, among other areas, to help “accelerate growth.”

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Santa Ana’s Intellectual Property

Federal Courthouse, Bench Raise Profile on Patent Law

Orange County’s federal district judges have been a key to the emergence of Santa Ana as a venue of choice for patent litigation among lawyers throughout the U.S.

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Firms Continue Attorney Cutbacks, Combine for 2% Dip

30 of Largest Firms Trim Their Orange County Ranks

Orange County’s largest law firms trimmed their workforces last year, marking the second straight year of modest cuts in the number of lawyers here. Includes the 2014 OC's LARGEST LAW FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Firm Expects Business Boost From Healthcare Reform

Boutwell Fay Specializes In Employee Benefits Law

Legal work related to healthcare reform has been taking up a growing share of business at Boutwell Fay LLP, an employee-benefits specialist whose partners said they expect the trend to strengthen through 2014 as various parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect.