INVESTMENT BANKING: Mikhail, Meet Comrade Mike

Mikhail, Meet Comrade Mike

Michael Milken of Los Angeles, the controversial czar of junk bonds, seems just the kind of free-enterpriser the Soviet Union might single out in a blast against capitalism's excesses. Yet Milken now fancies the Soviet Union as a potential client for his fast-lane financial advice. So far, Milken, 41, a centimillionaire and resident wunderkind at the investment firm Drexel Burnham Lambert, has got little further than meeting Mikhail Gorbachev in a crowded room, when the Soviet leader visited Washington and talked with a group of U.S. business executives. But Milken, still pursuing a deal, disclosed two of his proposals last week....