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Southern California's

Law Firms, Accountants and Brokers

 


Corporate Law Firms

 

Hot Tip:  Unless you have extraordinary complex legal issues requiring diverse specialties, a bigger firm does not mean better.  Be sure to find someone who understands the dynamics of your industry so they can teach you, rather than the other way around.  Consider having your contact a junior member of the firm: their billing rate is less, and for the complex issues you get access to top-notch backup.  Although we listed "business specialties" below, the truth is that each of these firms can handle just about anything.

 

Top Five Law Firms in Southern California

Rank

Firm

Attorneys

Contact

Business Specialties

1

O'Melveny &

Myers

330

400 S. Hope Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 430-6000

Contact:  Douglas Kranwinkle

Corporate

2

Latham & Watkins

260

633 W. Fifth Street, Suite 4000

Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 485-1234

Contact:  Martha Jordan

Corporate Finance

M&A

Intellectual Property

3

Gibson, Dunn &

 Crutcher

220

333 S. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90071

((213) 229-7000

Contact:  Wesley Howell, Jr.

Business Transactions 

Entertainment

Intellectual Property

M&A

4

Paul, Hastings,

 Janofsky & Walker

190

555 S. Flower St., 23rd floor

Los Angeles, Ca 90071

(213) 683-6000

D.A. Daucher

General Business Law

5

Irell &

 Manella

175

1800 Avenue of the Stars

Suite 900

Los Angeles, CA 90067

(310) 277-1010

Contact:  M. Chu

Intellectual Property

corporate Securities

 Entertainment

Banking

 


Corporate Accounting Firms

 

Hot Tip:  In the case of venture capital, you generally don't fancy financial histories as the investors are looking ahead, not back.  However, for IPOs or large (over $10 million) private placements, we strongly recommend a big-name accounting firm.  An IPO needs audited financials going back three years.

 

Top Five Accounting Firms in Southern California

Rank

Firm

CPAs

Contact

Business Specialties

1

Pricewaterhouse-

 Coopers

530

350 S. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 356-6000

Contact:  Greg Garrison

Business mgnt.

corporate finance

M&A

change integration

 turnaround, valuations

2

Deloitte & Touche

450

1000 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1500

Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 688-0800

Contact:  John Cardis

M&A

corporate accounting

 reorganizations

valuations

IT consulting

3

Ernst & Young

400

515 S. Flower St.

Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 977-3200

Contact:  Jim Freer

General corporate,

mgnt. consulting

valuation

 reorganization

4

KPMG Peat

Marwick

350

725 S. Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 972-4000

Contact:  Steve Riggins

Outsourcing

business strategy

general business

 


Securities Brokerage Firms

 

Hot Tip:  Brokerage Firms can be useful for IPOs and large private placements.  If your deal is of national scope, the liaisons to New York City are useful.  However, many deals are best suited to regional brokerage houses, and smaller firm can put in more enthusiasm and do a better job.  Also, some firms specialize by industry, and some are more interested than others in creating financial "products" with fresh entrepreneurs.

 

Top Five Security Brokerage Firms in Southern California

Rank

Firm

Brokers

Contact

Headquarters

1

Morgan Stanley

Dean Witter

670

601 S. Figueroa St., Suite 4575

Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 553-3501

Contact:  Michael Noble

New York

2

Salomon Smith

Barney

550

15260 Ventura Blvd., Suite 1950

Sherman Oaks 91403

(818) 907-3700

Contact:  Gregory Laetsch

New York

3

SunAmerica

Financial Network

460

One SunAmerica Center

Los Angeles, CA 90067

(310) 772-6000

Contact:  Gary Krat

Los Angeles

4

Merrill Lynch

450

19200 Von Karman Ave., Suite 1000

Irvine, CA 92715

(949) 752-7900

Contact:  Michael Vorst

New York

5

PaineWebber

380

725 S. Figueroa St., 41st floor

Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 253-5450

Contact:  Michael Davis

New York

 

 
 

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