Orange County Business Journal

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Five Point Plans for IPO

Aliso Viejo-based Five Point Holdings Inc. said it’s planning an initial public offering.

By Jane Yu July 7, 2015 10:36 a.m. share »
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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.6% in midday trading to 2,054.69.

By Jane Yu July 7, 2015 9:59 a.m. share »
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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.2% in midday trading to 2,072.39.

By Jane Yu July 6, 2015 10:08 a.m. share »

Seizing Opportunities

Being ready to seize opportunities is as important as the opportunities themselves, says Kristen Allison, president and chief executive of Irvine-based employee benefits specialist Burnham Benefits Insurance Services Inc.

By Jane Yu July 6, 2015 midnight share »

Beat Goes On

Susan Beat points to boldness as a constant character trait that helped set her apart as she advanced in banking.

By Jane Yu July 6, 2015 midnight share »

Gross Greets Old Colleague as New Co-Manager

Bill Gross got a co-portfolio manager to support his global unconstrained bond strategy for Janus Capital Group Inc.

By Jane Yu July 6, 2015 midnight share »

Buchan’s High Bar

Sports brought Jane Buchan to Orange County from New York City, and the competitive drive honed on the playing fields has continued with her rise into the ranks of the most powerful women in the world of hedge funds.

By Jane Yu July 6, 2015 midnight share »
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Alliant Buys in N.Y.

Newport Beach-based Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has acquired Preferred Concepts LLC, a New York-based wholesale broker and underwriter that specializes in real estate insurance.

By Jane Yu July 2, 2015 9:10 a.m. share »
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Distressed RE Specialist Gets $20M Investment

Newport Beach-based real estate investment trust CV Holdings Inc. has sold $20 million worth of preferred stock to Tricadia Capital Management LLC in New York.

By Jane Yu July 1, 2015 5:04 p.m. share »
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Newly Acquired Bond Firm to Support Gross

Janus Capital Group Inc. has acquired a majority stake in Kapstream Capital Pty Ltd, an unconstrained bond manager in Australia that also has operations in Newport Beach.

By Jane Yu July 1, 2015 10:27 a.m. share »

Alliant Gets New Largest Shareholder

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. received “a significant equity investment” from Stone Point Capital LLC, which now is the largest shareholder of the Newport Beach-based insurance brokerage firm.

By Jane Yu June 29, 2015 midnight share »

GenSpring Taps New Boss in Costa Mesa

GenSpring Family Offices LLC, an affiliate of Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks Inc., has tapped private banking industry veteran Chris Walters to head its western U.S. business from its regional headquarters in Orange County.

By Jane Yu June 29, 2015 midnight share »

Investor Adds Law Firm in Maryland to Holdings

Investment holding company Plutos Sama LLC has acquired the Fisher Law Group PLLC, which focuses on resolution of delinquent real estate portfolios.

By Jane Yu June 29, 2015 midnight share »
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RichUncles Gets $3M Loan

Newport Beach-based real estate investment trust RichUncles LLC has received a $3 million loan from Pacific Mercantile Bank in Costa Mesa.

By Jane Yu June 25, 2015 10:37 a.m. share »
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Alliant Gets New PE Investment

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has received “a significant equity investment” from Stone Point Capital LLC, which now is the largest shareholder of the Newport Beach-based insurance brokerage firm.

By Jane Yu June 23, 2015 10:36 a.m. share »

How Pac Life Rates

The financial crisis is over, but uncertainty remains for any company whose profitability faces challenges in this era of persistent low interest rates—even if the company is the biggest privately held enterprise in Orange County, with $7.7 billion in annual revenue and more than 2,000 employees here and another 1,000 or so around the world.

By Jane Yu June 22, 2015 midnight share »
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OC Adds Jobs But Unemployment Up

The unemployment rate in Orange County ticked up in May despite an increase of 13,000 jobs.

By Jane Yu June 19, 2015 9:46 a.m. share »
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Katz, Marshack Join Greenberg Gross

Business litigators Michael Katz and Adrianne Marshack have joined trial law firm Greenberg Gross LLP in Costa Mesa.

By Jane Yu June 11, 2015 3:29 p.m. share »
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Opus COO Exits

Opus Bank’s chief operating office has resigned after about two years working at the Irvine-based bank.

By Jane Yu June 8, 2015 9:10 a.m. share »

Gross Says Give It Up for Machine

Bill Gross didn’t invent the Bloomberg terminal.

By Jane Yu June 8, 2015 midnight share »

More Deals, Smaller Checks on Local VC Landscape

The biggest venture capital firms in Orange County continued to increase their investments in local companies, though the pace of growth slowed compared with a year earlier.

By Jane Yu June 8, 2015 midnight share »

PE Firms Establish Niches in Quest for Portfolio Growth

Orange County’s private equity scene covers a wide range of industries and market segments, a reflection of the diversity in characteristics and specialties of the investment firms here.

By Jane Yu June 8, 2015 midnight share »
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$272M Follows Gross to Janus

A London-based insurance group has shifted the management of its $272 million fund from Pacific Investment Management Co. to Bill Gross.

By Jane Yu June 5, 2015 10:13 a.m. share »
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Experian Names CIO

Experian PLC has hired Barry Libenson as chief information officer, a newly created position for the global information services company, whose North American business is headquartered in Costa Mesa.

By Jane Yu June 4, 2015 12:27 p.m. share »
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Alliant Buys Crop Insurance Specialist

Newport Beach-based Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has acquired crop insurance specialist Mary Roach Insurance Agency Inc.

By Jane Yu June 3, 2015 11:01 a.m. share »
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Confie in 3 Buys

Huntington Beach-based Confie Seguros has acquired three brokerages in New York and Texas.

By Jane Yu June 2, 2015 8:26 a.m. share »
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Pimco Communications Chief to eBay

eBay Inc. has tapped the global head of corporate communications for Pacific Investment Management Co. as its chief communications officer.

By Jane Yu June 1, 2015 11:35 a.m. share »

Pac Merc Expands Hollywood Niche

Costa Mesa-based Pacific Mercantile Bank has ramped up its entertainment financing business, an area that has become a key contributor to growth as the bank sharpens its focus on commercial lending.

By Jane Yu June 1, 2015 midnight share »

Hueston Trustee in Morgan Drexen BK

The Office of the U.S. Trustee has appointed trial lawyer John Hueston as trustee of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Costa Mesa-based Morgan Drexen Inc., which has been converted from Chapter 7 liquidation.

By Jane Yu June 1, 2015 midnight share »

Apex Acquires New Jersey Water Park

Apex Parks Group, an Aliso Viejo-based owner and operator of leisure parks, acquired Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park in New Jersey on undisclosed terms.

By Jane Yu June 1, 2015 midnight share »

Telogis Raises $25M in New VC Round

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis Inc. raised another $25 million in venture capital funding, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

By Jane Yu June 1, 2015 midnight share »
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Broadcom in $37B Deal

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom Corp. has agreed to be acquired by Avago Technologies Ltd. for $37 billion.

By Jane Yu May 28, 2015 9:24 a.m. share »
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Pacific Premier Hires CFO

Irvine-based Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc. has tapped Allen Nicholson as chief financial officer.

By Jane Yu May 28, 2015 1:47 a.m. share »
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Anaheim Lighting Products Maker Sold

Anaheim-based lighting products maker Intense Lighting LLC has been acquired by Leviton Manufacturing Co., a Melville, N.Y.-based manufacturer of electrical wiring equipment.

By Jane Yu May 27, 2015 9:07 a.m. share »

Telogis Raises $25M in New VC Round

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis Inc. raised another $25 million in venture capital funding, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

By Jane Yu May 26, 2015 midnight share »

Apex Acquires New Jersey Water Park

Apex Parks Group, an Aliso Viejo-based owner and operator of leisure parks, acquired Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park in New Jersey on undisclosed terms.

By Jane Yu May 26, 2015 midnight share »

Pac Merc Expands Hollywood Niche

Costa Mesa-based Pacific Mercantile Bank has ramped up its entertainment financing business, an area that has become a key contributor to growth as the bank sharpens its focus on commercial lending.

By Jane Yu May 26, 2015 midnight share »
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OC Adds Jobs in April

Orange County employers added 3,800 jobs in April, helping drive down the unemployment rate to 4.1%.

By Jane Yu May 22, 2015 9:30 a.m. share »
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Frost Data Capital Part of Investor Group

Frost Data Capital, a San Juan Capistrano-based investment firm and start-up incubator, joined other venture investors to back Maana, a developer of big-data search engine technology.

By Jane Yu May 22, 2015 9:29 a.m. share »
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Theme Parks Operator Buys in NJ

Apex Parks Group, an Aliso Viejo-based owner and operator of leisure parks, has acquired Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park in New Jersey.

By Jane Yu May 19, 2015 11:12 a.m. share »
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Marcum Names Irvine Partner to Head CA Tax Business

National accounting firm Marcum LLP has named John Eckweiler, a partner in its Irvine office, partner-in-charge of tax and business services for its California operations.

By Jane Yu May 19, 2015 11:11 a.m. share »
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Telogis Gets $25M Investment

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis Inc. has raised another $25 million in venture capital funding.

By Jane Yu May 18, 2015 2:59 p.m. share »
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First Foundation Starts Insurance Unit

Irvine-based banking and wealth planning firm First Foundation Inc. has launched a property and casualty insurance brokerage unit.

By Jane Yu May 18, 2015 9:38 a.m. share »

Hedge Fund Execs Go Long on Own Brand of Energy Drink

Positive Energy Beverages LLC is betting that a continued rise in consumer demand for “better-for-you” food products will be better for the Irvine-based startup, too.

By Jane Yu May 18, 2015 midnight share »

Employment Agencies Continue Growth With 2% Jump

The largest staffing firms in Orange County combined for a modest increase in revenue last year, coming off a small dip in 2013.

By Jane Yu May 18, 2015 midnight share »

Mortgage Lender Doubles Local Office

Foothill Ranch-based mortgage lender loanDepot LLC doubled its Orange County office space to more than 238,000 square feet to accommodate its growing direct-lending center.

By Jane Yu May 18, 2015 midnight share »
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Midday Stock Roundup

Stock indices were down in midday trading.

By Jane Yu May 15, 2015 10:05 a.m. share »
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Confie Buys in NY State

Huntington Beach-based insurance broker Confie Seguros has acquired three brokerage firms in Buffalo, N.Y.

By Jane Yu May 14, 2015 4:02 p.m. share »
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Pimco’s Head of Equities to Leave

Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co. said its London-based chief investment officer of global equities is stepping down after a little more than a year on the job.

By Jane Yu May 14, 2015 11:24 a.m. share »
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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.13% to 2,101.80.

By Jane Yu May 13, 2015 10:23 a.m. share »

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