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