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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 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.


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.