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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 in Manatt’s New York office and leads the firm’s fintech and blockchain and cryptocurrency practices. His practice focuses on corporate finance transactions. Over the past five years, Brian has led more than 100 deals, including initial public offerings (IPOs), early-stage and start-up venture financings, fund formations, and high-yield debt financings. He also advises clients on SEC and broker-dealer/investment advisory compliance, corporate swap transactions, and blockchain technology.

Brian has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters in investment banking and capital markets transactions, including special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), spin-offs, split-offs and carveout/tracking stock transactions. He also has extensive experience in sponsor-leveraged buyouts and bank/bond acquisition financing.

His deep technical knowledge of the fintech space has contributed to the Manatt fintech team’s track record of success in advising cutting-edge fintech startups. He was recognized by The Legal 500 in 2021 for being “very active in the fintech platform and Regulation A space. He has good visibility with the SEC and is willing to push through novel concepts and issues.” 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. The firm also achieved a Chambers Global Fintech rating, and Brian was recognized as a “Notable Practitioner.”

Brian has had multiple media interviews with Billboard Magazine, Bloomberg, American Banker and Law360, commenting on blockchain and cryptocurrency, including the impact on nonfungible tokens (NFTs), decentralized finance (DeFi), marketplace lending and market trading dynamics.

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.