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Usman Sheikh

Partner, Head of Blockchain & Smart Contracts
Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Usman Sheikh is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office and is the National Head of the Blockchain & Smart Contract practice group as well as the firm’s Securities, Compliance & Investigations Group. Usman oversees a blockchain group of over 80 practitioners at Gowling WLG, which includes among its many accomplishments the listing of the very first blockchain company in the world. His practice focuses on crypto-currency litigation, securities enforcement and class proceedings as well as general corporate / commercial litigation. Usman has served as counsel on several precedent-setting securities and commercial cases in Canada, including cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Usman spent four years as a prosecutor in the OSC's Enforcement Branch, including within the specialist Insider Trading/Market Manipulation Unit. He is a thought leader on blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT), including its application to the capital markets, and is currently authoring the upcoming book, The Law of Blockchain Technology (Thomson Reuters, 2018).

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