Brian S. Korn is a partner in the New York office and leads the firm’s fintech practice. His practice focuses on corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings (IPOs), early-stage and start-up venture financings, fund formation and high-yield debt finance. He also advises clients on SEC and broker-dealer/investment advisory compliance, corporate swap transactions and blockchain technology.
According to Chambers & Partners in their inaugural Fintech rankings, he is considered a “go to” attorney for marketplace lending and related investment structuring and compliance. Under his leadership, the firm was nominated as “Professional Services Firm of the Year” at the 2018 LendIt Industry Awards and “Law Firm of the Year” at the 2017 and 2019 LendIt Industry Awards. Brian chairs the prestigious Practising Law Institute’s Alternative Finance Summit, the leading legal conference of its kind serving the marketplace lending, crowdfunding and blockchain industries. The firm also achieved a Chambers Fintech rating and Brian was recognized as a “Notable Practitioner.”
Prior to joining Manatt, Brian served as head of Equity Capital Markets and Syndicate Compliance at Barclays Capital and as senior vice president and assistant general counsel at Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. He has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters in investment banking and capital markets transactions, including IPOs, SPACs, spin-offs, split-offs and carveout/tracking stock transactions. He also has extensive experience in sponsor-leveraged buyouts and bank/bond acquisition financing.
Brian has made multiple appearances on Fox Business Television, Bloomberg, CCTV America and National Public Radio commenting on the JOBS Act, including its impact on crowdfunding, marketplace lending, IPOs and market trading dynamics. He is also a prolific speaker and writer in the fields in which he practices.
Brian was selected to serve on the advisory board of the Lexis Practice Advisor, an online product providing legal and market insights and practical guidance for attorneys. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.