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August 31, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
TCW Group Inc. plans to start an investment fund of as much as $1.5 billion to buy distressed mortgage-backed securities as the real estate slump deepens, said Jeffrey Gundlach, the Los Angeles firm's investment chief. TCW will raise money from institutions and wealthy individuals, and the fund will open in the first quarter of 2007, Gundlach said Wednesday. Delinquent payments, falling home prices and rising borrowing costs have shaken the U.S. property market after a five-year boom.
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November 29, 2011 | Bloomberg News
Societe Generale, France's second-biggest bank, is weighing whether to put its U.S. asset manager TCW Group up for sale, said people with knowledge of the situation. One option may be a management-led buyout of the business, said two of the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter is private. Societe Generale may decide not to sell TCW and could still pursue an initial public offering for the unit, the people said. Los Angeles-based TCW may be valued at about $1 billion, one person said.
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September 8, 2011 | Bloomberg News
Money manager Jeffrey Gundlach testified in a trial against TCW Group Inc. over his 2009 firing that he had negotiated, in contracts going back to 1992, specific conditions under which the firm could terminate him "for cause. " "I wanted to make sure I couldn't be fired out of the blue," Gundlach told jurors Wednesday in state court in Los Angeles. He also said that since 1989, he was entitled to accrued compensation if he was fired by TCW. Gundlach, 51, who worked at TCW for 25 years and was named Morningstar's fixed income manager of the year in 2006, says the Los Angeles-based unit of Societe Generale fired him to avoid having to pay management and performance fees for the distressed-asset funds that his group managed and that went "through the roof.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2005 | Tom Petruno, Times Staff Writer
Robert A. Day, one of the pioneers of Los Angeles' money management industry, said Tuesday that he would hand the reins of giant TCW Group to a younger team of executives on Oct. 1. The shift comes as the company and other established money managers face growing competition from the army of hedge funds touting high-return investment strategies. Day, 61, said 45-year-old Robert D.
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January 4, 2007 | Tom Petruno
Investment research firm Morningstar Inc. on Wednesday picked its 2006 "managers of the year" in mutual funds, and gave a nod in the fixed-income category to Jeffrey Gundlach of Los Angeles-based TCW Group Inc. Gundlach, who oversees the $540-million TCW Total Return Bond fund, has produced returns "that far outpace his typical intermediate-term bond peer while taking on less interest-rate risk and enduring less volatility than the category's typical offering," Chicago-based Morningstar said.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Los Angeles-based TCW Group, one of the biggest managers of so-called collateralized debt obligations, or CDOs, said it sold $3.2 billion of mortgage securities backing one CDO after the value of the bonds fell. A decline in the price of securities in the CDO, called Westways Funding X, triggered a clause that demanded that assets be sold so holders of the highest-rated pieces wouldn't incur losses, TCW said Thursday in a statement.
BUSINESS
November 17, 2009 | Tom Petruno
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who has spent his post-basketball career on retailing ventures in underserved urban areas, is targeting another market he figures is in need of help: lending to mid-size companies. The ex-Laker's firm, Magic Johnson Enterprises, is teaming with Los Angeles money manager TCW Group Inc. in a venture to make loans to mid-size businesses with capital raised from big investors, the firms said Monday. The venture, TCW CapitalAssist Management, doesn't plan to help urban firms exclusively, but Johnson is expected to advocate for them in particular.
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January 13, 2010 | By Tom Petruno
DoubleLine Capital, formed by star bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach after he was fired by L.A. money management firm TCW Group last month, on Tuesday registered to launch its first three mutual funds for individual investors. Gundlach, who is in a vicious legal battle with TCW, hopes to lure investors from the TCW funds he had managed for the last decade, including TCW's retail flagship, Total Return Bond fund. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, DoubleLine applied to launch its own Total Return Bond fund, which like TCW Total Return Bond would invest primarily in mortgage-backed bonds.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2011 | By Joe Bel Bruno
Star bond trader Jeffrey Gundlach and his former employer, TCW Group Inc., said they settled a lawsuit over his firing in 2009 and allegations that he stole trade secrets to set up his own firm. The two sides issued a joint statement but did not release terms of the deal. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said the settlement pertained to one part of the case. TCW said it covers all claims. TCW, the Los Angeles-based money management unit of French banking giant Societe Generale, and Gundlach were locked in an often bitter court battle this year.
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July 28, 2010 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
A group of money managers within TCW Group Inc. said Tuesday that they reached a deal with the Los Angeles company to split off their $11.5-billion operation. The agreement, which had been expected, will reestablish Crescent Capital Group as a stand-alone investment firm that provides debt financing to public and private companies. Crescent was co-founded in 1991 by Mark Attanasio and two other former executives of junk bond giant Drexel Burnham Lambert, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 1990.
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