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Marketplace Lending and Crowdfunding in a 2017 Trump Administration


Speaker(s): Brian S. Korn, Edward Dartley
Recorded on: Jan. 12, 2017
PLI Program #: 205826

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.


Edward Dartley is a partner in the firm’s New York office where he is a member of the investment management group. Mr. Dartley concentrates his practice on the alternative investment asset classes, including private equity, real estate and venture capital funds, counseling clients on fund formation, governance, and regulatory and other matters. He has a particular focus on emerging and middle market private equity and other private fund managers, and advises them on a wide range of issues facing the industry today.

Mr. Dartley regularly counsels private fund managers on seeding and joint venture relationships, and his practice includes representation of a number of international clients seeking to establish or expand their business in the United States. He also advises a number of start-up and emerging private companies outside of the investment management industry. 

Mr. Dartley as part of his practice advises energy-focused alternative asset managers and companies on a wide variety of matters, and has worked with industry players in both the traditional and alternative energy industries. In addition, he has extensive experience advising clients in the FinTech and marketplace lending industries. 

With over a decade of experience as in-house counsel and chief compliance officer, Mr. Dartley has deep in-house experience and a unique perspective on how asset management works from the inside. Mr. Dartley continues to utilize this experience by serving as regular outside counsel to a number of clients of the firm.