Los Angeles Business Journal

James Rufus Koren is a Managing Editor.

Before his assignment as Managing Editor, he served as the paper's finance reporter covering the banking industry. Prior to joining the Business Journal, he covered state and local politics for several daily newspapers in Southern California. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He can be reached at 323-549-5225, ext. 225, or by email: jrkoren@labusinessjournal.com.

Recent Stories

Diversified Investor Puts Money Into Ailing Bank

LENDING: Alex Meruelo to take control of NCAL despite scrutiny over payday loans.

Alex Meruelo further diversifies eclectic portfolio with deal for controlling stake in NCAL Bancorp.

Chicago Lender Monroe Drops Suit Against L.A. Exec

Chicago lender Monroe Capital has dropped a lawsuit it filed this summer against Los Angeles dealmaker Warren Woo and his new investment firm, Breakaway Capital.

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Good Deal?

Casinos split over wisdom of no-collection games

Some casinos see the big draw of no-collection card games as a big risk for their business.

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Different Cloth

Olivier de Givenchy saw finance career as better fit than family’s fashion, design pursuits.

Banker Olivier de Givenchy has made a name for himself outside of the fashion and beauty sectors his family is famous for.

LAX on Pace for Record Year

Los Angeles International Airport remains on pace for a record year after a strong September, according to passenger traffic figures released Friday.

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Take and Give

Lenders compete to help business owners tap dividend recapitalizations for hefty payouts while loading their companies with debt. Once limited, the practice nears record pace.

Bankers take dividend recapitalizations mainstream, letting business owners load up on money while loading their companies with debt.

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Name-Dropping Worked for Bank

finance: New handle offered Cappello new life in court fight.

Investment bank Cappello Capital has gone back to work under a new name after a firm-scuttling lawsuit.

Lender Steers Way to Texas

Banking: Hanmi joins rivals in chasing out-of-state growth.

Banking: Koreatown’s Hanmi is in a state of expansion with its acquisition of Texas’ United Central.

Helping Get Over Bridge Work

Port-commissioned app to help drivers with Desmond project.

Internet Long Beach port builds bridge to future with app to help navigate traffic during Gerald Desmond work.

Rough Road for Family

Ari Bass was one of many L.A. dads who spent a couple weeks in August driving a van on a family vacation.

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