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SEC's Regulation Crowdfunding: Path to Financing or a Tangled Web of Red Tape?

Speaker(s): Brian S. Korn, Georgia P. Quinn
Recorded on: Dec. 3, 2015
PLI Program #: 167771

Brian S. Korn is a partner and co-chair of the financial services group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. He is also a member of the firm's capital markets practice group and chair of the digital finance and marketplace lending practice. His practice focuses 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, corporate swap transactions, blockchain technology and initial coin offerings. 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 LendIt Industry Awards. Brian chairs the prestigious Practising Law Institute’s Marketplace Lending and Crowdfunding conference, the leading legal conference of its kind serving the digital finance industry.

Prior to joining Manatt, Brian co-led the crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending practice at a major international law firm. Brian 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.

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, peer-to-peer lending, IPOs and market trading dynamics. Brian was recently selected to serve on the advisory board of the Lexis Practice Advisor (LPA), 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.

Georgia P. Quinn is the CEO and co-founder of iDisclose, an adaptive web-based application that enables entrepreneurs to prepare customized institutional grade private placement documents for a fraction of the time and cost. As the original visionary and lead developer of the application, Georgia’s extensive legal career in working on over $1 billion in corporate transactions, provides her with the practical expertise and firsthand experience to help business owners successfully achieve and secure capital.  

Heralded by Thomson-Reuters as a Top Female Attorney in New York City, she also currently serves as of counsel at the leading crowdfunding firm in the industry, Ellenoff, Grossman & Schole, where she specializes in JOBS Act regulations. Georgia was recently named a Rising Star in the New York Times “Super Lawyers” section. Prior to founding iDisclose, Georgia was an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, one of the top ten law firms in the world, and Seyfarth Shaw, a leader in legal technology. Over her eight-year tenure serving global firms, she represented public and private companies and investment banks in a wide range of capital markets transactions by directing hundreds of offerings, SEC filings and disclosure documents. Through her career-long, integral involvement in the capital formation process, Georgia has not only gained a mastery of securities law, but a deep understanding of the legal problems that currently plague corporate finance.

As an award-winning attorney in the alternative finance space, Georgia is a globally recognized thought leader on crowdfunding and marketplace lending matters. Deemed as one of the top influencers in the private placement industry, she has been a highly sought after speaker for a myriad of conferences and has advised multiple, federal authorities, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Small Business Administration, as well as Congressional staff-members and top, international FinTech executives. She is also a senior contributor and trusted source for such industry publications as Crowdfund Insider and Debtwire.  

Passionate about improving finance for consumers and businesses alike, Georgia currently sits on the advisory boards of NextGeneration Startups and the American Banker Marketplace Lending Conference.  

Georgia received her Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School and her Bachelor’s from NYU.