Bruce Katzen is a distinguished attorney who lives and works in Miami, Florida, although his work takes him to courtrooms across the United States. He is a founding partner at the law firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L., and is the chairman of its Trust & Estates Litigation Practice Group. He began his professional career as a certified public accountant, a role in which he developed a lot of interest in probate cases and financial fraud. He decided to become an attorney and so attended The University of Miami School of Law He began his career as an attorney in 1984.
Many of Bruce Katzen‘s cases involve personal matters such as guardianship, trust, and probate disputes. He also handles cases involving corporate litigation as well as FiNRA arbitrations, stockbroker liability, accountant liability, and those involving securities. The areas of the law that Bruce Katzen is especially known for are company purchase and sales disputes, financial fraud, life insurance coverage disputes, and trust, guardianship, and probate disputes.
In Best Lawyer of America’s 2019 recognition list, nine lawyers from his law firm were named as well as Bruce Katzen himself. He was named for his legal expertise when it comes to commercial litigation and securities/capital markets law. Another founding member of this law firm stated that he was very happy that all of these attorneys made the list and showed how dedicated to the legal profession Bruce Katzen and his cohorts are.
Bruce Katzen has joined numerous professional organizations including The Florida Bar, the Dade County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He is also generous when giving to charity and has been a longtime supporter of nonprofits including the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the United Way, and the Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation Young Presidents.
Wes Edens is an established business entrepreneur with interests in private equity investments. He is also an avid supporter of basketball and football sports. He undertook his bachelor’s degree in Finance at the Oregon State University.
He completed his undergraduate studies in the year 1984 and secured a job at Lehman Brothers as a partner. He later joined BlackRock where he served as the managing director and a partner.
He partnered with Randal Nardone, Robert Kauffman, and Michael Edward to launch Fortress Investment Group in the year 1998. They raised $400 million in capital to set up the private alternative asset management firm.
He was appointed the chairman of the board of directors in the year 2009. His appointment to the position was fostered by his remarkable leadership and managerial skills he had acquired at his previous companies. He was later elected the chief executive officer of Fortress’ private equity business. Under his management, the company acquired Springleaf Financial Services.
In partnership with Peter Briger, Wes Edens led the company through several profit-making ventures. The company controls more than $75 billion in property, private equity, and real estate investments.
However, in January 2018, Wes Edens announced that SoftBank Corporation would acquire fortress from Japan. It was agreed that the Group would release $3.3 billion in cash to purchase Fortress. Nevertheless, he would retain his managerial role at the company together with Randal Nardone in a five-year deal.
Wes Edens recently launched his Brightline modern train system. The rail that operates in South Florida allows trains to travel at a high speed of 135 mph. He pointed out that the system would significantly improve the business operations in the area. He further added that plans were in place to extend Brightline to Miami.
Wes Edens entered into a partnership with billionaire Sawiris to acquire a 55% stake of the Astonvilla Football Club. The England based club currently plays in the Championship level of the English competition. During the acquisition, he insisted that they would focus on buying new players to improve the team’s performance.
The purchase made the duo the highest stakeholders of the English club.