March 4, 2014 |
Moelis & Co., a boutique Los Angeles investment bank, filed for an initial public offering, seeking to capitalize on the soaring stock market and a recent pickup in corporate mergers. The firm was founded in 2007 by Ken Moelis, a longtime Southern California investment banker. The Century City-based firm would trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MC. The firm has advised on a host of prominent deals in recent years, including representing the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt in the team's sale to Guggenheim Partners.
December 17, 2013 |
Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor and one of its key investors are nearing a deal to acquire sports and media agency IMG Worldwide Inc. for more than $2 billion, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The deal, expected to be announced later this week, would be a coup for WME and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners in Menlo Park, Calif., which owns 31% of the agency. WME would have access to a trove of new clients and, perhaps most important, a formidable presence in the sports agency business.
December 11, 2013 |
Lucky Brand Jeans is coming home again. Los Angeles private-equity firm Leonard Green & Partners has agreed to pay $225 million to acquire Lucky from New York fashion company Fifth & Pacific Cos. The acquisition means that Lucky, founded in Vernon in 1990 and moved last year to a 1940s Art Deco building in downtown Los Angeles, will be locally owned once again. Denim veterans and Lucky co-founders Gene Montesano and Barry Perlman used clever marketing - including the "Lucky You" label stitched into the fly - to create one of the country's most popular mid-level denim jeans.
December 2, 2013 |
Hilton Worldwide Holdings said it plans to raise as much as $2.4 billion in an initial public offering, in what would be the biggest IPO ever for a hotel company. The McLean, Va.-based company and its shareholders plan to sell 112.8 million shares for $18 to $21 a piece later this month, according to a regulatory filing. The sale could more than double the investment of the Blackstone Group, the private equity firm that sunk in about $26 billion to take Hilton private in 2007.
November 19, 2013 |
Carpinteria-based CKE Inc., known for the raunchy commercials and juicy burgers from its Carl's Jr. chain, will be sold to the owner of decidedly G-rated brands Cinnabon and Auntie Anne's. CKE, currently controlled by affiliates of New York private equity firm Apollo Global Management, will change hands to an affiliate of Roark Capital Group, a private equity firm in Atlanta. Roark's portfolio is stuffed with popular food brands such as Wingstop, Corner Bakery Cafe, Seattle's Best Coffee and Arby's.
November 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner is becoming a financial industry executive, taking a high-level job with the private-equity firm Warburg Pincus, the firm announced Saturday. Geithner, who was a major player in the federal government's response to the 2008 financial crisis and the Obama administration's formulation of economic policy, will become a managing director of the company and a member of its executive management group, Warburg Pincus said.