Michael Miller is an investor, strategist, radio host and author, and journalist who began his over thirty year Wall Street career in 1987, the so-called heyday of hostile acquisitions as a lawyer in New York practicing in the areas of mergers
and acquisitions, corporate finance, labor, and intellectual property working at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York and Skadden Arps in Los Angeles.
Michael worked with some of the leading takeover artists of the 1980’s including Carl Icahn, Robert Campeau and Paul Bilzerian on some of the largest corporate mergers and acquisitions of their time, including the takeover of EF Hutton,
Singer Sewing Machine, Allied Stores, and RJR Nabisco as well as corporate financings for Drexel Lambert led by Mike Milken.
Michael moved into investment management in 2008 as a Managing Director of Bel Air Investment Advisers, which oversaw $5 billion for 300 wealthy families and Foundations. Michael left Bel Air after the firm was sold to a Canadian Bank, replacing the ex-President of the Dodgers at Northern Trust to oversee the Wealth Advisory Group in Los Angeles where he was responsible for over $2 billion in asset oversight, client management, banking and trust and estates.
In 2015, Michael left Northern after a near fatal car accident to focus on philanthropy and personal ventures. Michael has advised numerous start-ups and their founders as a lawyer, financier, board member, strategic adviser and mentor.
Raised with the dna of philanthropy and volunteerism, Michael has dedicated a substantial portion of his life to “giving back” and Tikkun Olam, or “leaving the world a better place”. Michael’s philanthropic involvement has ranged form
academic institutions such as the Technion and The London School of Economics, to equal access to the arts through the Los Angeles Photography Center and California, the Santa Monica Symphony, and California Lawyers for
the Arts, and to social issues through the National Bully Prevention Foundation, Hollywood Free Clinic, Bet Tzedek, the Anti-Sex and Child Labor Trafficing Foundation and Project Heal.
Presently, Michael is the Senor Venture Partner to Fusion, LA, the first technology accelerator between Southern California and the 8200 Unit of the Israeli Defense Forces. Michael launched on the Dash Radio Network, the first international radio show and podcast on the business of the nascent cannabis industry entitled, “CannaBusiness”. Michael’s oversight of venture investments for wealthy families led to the creation of a $200 private cannabis focused
investment fund, Ygeia Capital Partners which will launch in 2019. Recently, Michael was named the Cannabis Editor and Evangelist for the LA Weekly (4 million monthly subscribers).
Michael’s first children’s book was published last year, entitled “The Gift” and he is presently completing two cannabis focused books: “Weedonomics: from Criminal to Corporate enterprise, and “Conversations on the Cannabis Crossroad”. Michael is a sought after international public speaker in the areas of opiate use, cannabis verticals, start-up investment, financial literacy, mentoring and finding life’s balance.