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Guidelines for Businesses Obtaining Relief Under the CARES Act

Speaker(s): Brian S. Korn, Neil S. Faden, Scott M. Pearson
Recorded on: Apr. 15, 2020
PLI Program #: 299648

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.

Neil S. Faden practices transactional corporate and securities law with concentrations in organization and capitalization of collective investment funds, community development finance transactions, crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending transactions and healthcare industry financing and transactional matters.

Neil focuses on finance matters related to the New Markets Tax Credit program and renewable energy tax credit projects. His practice includes the representation of community development entities, investors, lenders and borrowers.

Neil advises clients in connection with the organization, capitalization and financing of marketplace lending platforms and loan purchase transactions.

Neil advises sponsors of collective investment vehicles, organized as limited liability companies and partnerships, ranging from hedge funds to real estate private equity funds.

Neil has lead responsibility for dozens of affordable housing finance transactions, including the formation of limited partnerships designed to invest in affordable housing generating federal low-income housing tax credits, negotiation with institutional investors in such partnerships, negotiation with lenders and negotiation of equity investments in partnerships constructing or rehabilitating affordable housing.


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1994Developments Editor, Review of Law and Social Change
  • Tufts University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1990

Memberships and Activities

  • Admitted to practice in New York

Scott Pearson is a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office. He focuses his practice on the defense of regulatory enforcement actions and consumer class actions, other complex business litigation, and regulatory compliance counseling. Scott is also one of the pre-eminent authorities on the unique issues facing the fintech and marketplace lending industry.

Prominent companies regularly entrust Scott with matters involving bet-the-company exposure or complexity, such as overlapping claims being pursued simultaneously in multiple jurisdictions by federal regulators, state attorneys general and class action plaintiffs. With more than two decades of experience, Scott serves as a trusted strategic business advisor to Manatt clients, including national banks, mortgage lenders, auto finance companies, fintechs, institutional investors, sports and entertainment companies, retailers, and others.

Scott has been called "a true expert in complex litigation and consumer class actions" and "a no-nonsense bulldog lawyer who is highly respected by his peers and the judiciary." In March 2018, he was named a BTI Client Service All-Star for "delivering the absolute best client service" based on a national survey of in-house counsel.