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Crowdfunding and Online Direct Lending (Peer-to-Peer) 2014

Author(s): Brian S. Korn
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities
Published: Sep 2014
PLI Item #: 56828
CHB Spine #: B2123

Brian S. Korn is Head of Digital Finance and Marketplace Lending and a partner in the Capital Markets practice group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. He is resident in the New York office. His practice focuses on online credit and lending regulatory and finance issues. Manatt is a leader in the space with approximately 100 clients participating in some form of marketplace lending and crowdfinance.

Mr. Korn also advises on corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings (IPOs), early-stage and start-up venture financings, and mature corporate and high-yield debt finance. He also advises clients on SEC compliance, broker-dealer compliance and corporate swap transactions.

Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. Korn co-led the crowdfunding and marketplace lending practice at a major international law firm. Mr. Korn has also previously 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 transactions involving equity, debt, hybrid/convertible and preferred securities, derivatives and foreign exchange. He has executed several IPOs and other equity value monetization transactions, such as spin-offs, split-offs and carveout transactions. He also has extensive experience in sponsor-leveraged buyouts and bank/bond acquisition financing.

Mr. Korn 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, peer-to-peer lending, IPOs and market trading dynamics.


  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1997.Note and comment editor, Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business.
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., with honors and distinction, 1993.

Memberships and Activities

  • Admitted to practice in New York and California.

Honors and Awards

  • “Who’s Who of CrowdFunding World,” CrowdFundBeat, 2014-2016.