Brian Kim graduated from Columbia Law School in New York, New York. While in law school, Brian served on the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts. Prior to joining Vela Wood, Brian most recently worked as a senior associate at Torys LLP, a Canadian international law firm, focusing on M&A and private equity. Brian began his legal career as a corporate associate in the New York office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and has extensive experience working closely with mid-market and venture clients at a number of New Jersey firms.

At Vela Wood, Brian advises clients on a wide range of M&A, venture investment, and corporate transactional matters, including stock, equity and asset acquisitions; dispositions and mergers; venture capital investments; stockholder agreements; joint ventures; and company agreements.

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*Some representations reflect Brian’s work at prior firms.

  • Represented Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited as part of a consortium of buyers in a $11B going-private acquisition of Atlas Corp*
  • Represented Brookfield Renewable in closing a co-investment partnership in connection with an acquisition of a 50% interest in X-Elio for an undisclosed sum*
  • Represented S&P Global in a strategic alliance with Q4 Inc. to transition its investor relations webhosting business*
  • Represented S&P Global Ventures in a number of venture investment participations, including*:
    • Series A preferred equity raise by Tealbook
    • Series C preferred equity raise by Lukka
    • Series A preferred equity raise by Maestro
    • Series B preferred equity raise by Measurabl, Inc.

Fun Facts:

  • He has performed at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, as part of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra.
  • He speaks fluent Korean.
  • He is an avid fan of all Toronto pro sports teams and, consequently, is severely allergic to the mentions of the year 1967.


  • Columbia Law School, J.D.
  • University of Toronto, Honours B.A. in Philosophy

Brian Kim's Recent Blog Posts
Corporate Governance
Stockholders’ Rights of Venture Investors After Moelis

This blog explores the tension between Delaware corporate law’s board management principle and investor demands for control, highlighting legal challenges and potential legislative changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law after the Moelis decision.