Wednesday, February 27, 2013

SEC "Milken" Dodgers Owners For All They're Worth

According to Fortune magazine, the Dodgers' new ownership group is now being investigated by the SEC, for ties to Michael Milken:

The owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers are embroiled in an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into whether Michael Milken has violated the terms of his lifetime ban on securities trading, according to an article in Fortune. The Dodgers were bought for $2 billion by Guggenheim Baseball Management last May. The winning bid was led by Mark Walter, CEO of Guggenheim Partners, and included the president of the money management company, Todd Boehly, as well as movie producer and Golden State Warriors owner Peter Guber, Stan Kasten, the former president of the Atlanta Braves, and former Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson.

Guggenheim Baseball used hundreds of millions of dollars of insurance company money controlled by Guggenheim Partners to buy the Dodgers. Indeed, the proceeds from Guggenheim Partners is what effectively enabled Walter’s group to outbid the $1.4-to-$1.5 billion bids by billionaires Stan Kroenke and Steve Cohen for the team.

Milken has been a longtime client of the firm and at times has had as much as $800 million invested with Guggenheim, some of it in a hedge fund run by the firm’s president Boehly. His lifetime ban prohibits him from profiting from offering investment advice. The SEC is looking at whether Milken is violating that ban by effectively acting as a manager of Guggenheim investments beyond his own. Walter told Fortune: “Mike (Milken) doesn’t have an ownership or managerial role of any kind at Guggenheim. ”