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Guggenheim’s Schwartz Says Infrastructure an Opportunity

Guggenheim Partners LLC’s Alan Schwartz, executive chairman of the $180 billion asset manager whose executives own a stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers, said the firm sees opportunities in building infrastructure through partnerships between the private and public sectors.

“Infrastructure has been a neglected asset in many, many parts of the world, including right here in the United States,” Schwartz said today in an interview with Willow Bay on Bloomberg Television at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California.

Guggenheim, based in New York and Chicago, is hiring executives and expanding into businesses including merger advisory, digital media and hedge funds. Chief Executive Officer Mark Walter brought in Schwartz, the former CEO of Bear Stearns Cos., in 2009 to help build operations such as full-service investment banking. The firm has added 250 to 300 investment professionals in the past three years, Schwartz said today.

Glenn Schiffman, who was head of Asia-Pacific investment banking at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., joined the firm last week and Barclays Plc’s Andrew Taussig, who was head of investment banking for retail companies, was hired last month.

Guggenheim hired former Yahoo! Inc. executive Ross Levinsohn this year to oversee a newly formed digital media unit. The unit will look for assets that can benefit from advertising around televised events, Schwartz said.

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