This webinar will consider key legal and regulatory developments in the area of blockchain technology around the world. The talk will include a discussion of the regulatory response by several notable jurisdictions, key litigation cases, and also the legal issues and challenges that are raised by this highly novel technology as well as methods to overcome these challenges.
Usman Sheikh is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office. Named in 2018 as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers” by Canadian Lawyer and in both 2020 and 2021 as the top fintech lawyer in Canada by Chambers, he serves as the national head of the firm’s Blockchain & Smart Contracts Group, as well as the national litigation lead of the firm’s Securities, Compliance & Investigations Group. Usman’s practice focuses on providing legal advice on blockchain advisory mandates, including cutting-edge token sales, cryptocurrency exchanges and others. He also specializes in securities litigation and crypto litigation (Bitcoin, Ether and other cryptocurrencies). His clients include Canada’s largest banks, the co-founders of Ethereum, nine of the largest cryptocurrencies in the world, as well as several blockchain pioneers.
A highly sought-after thought leader on blockchain and distributed ledger technology, Usman has briefed the offices of several prime ministers, as well as ministers, on blockchain’s disruptive power, and is regularly invited to speak to business leaders and at global blockchain conferences throughout the world. He has lectured at the International Monetary Fund and the Monetary Authority of Singapore, co-lectured with the heads of blockchain for Nasdaq and the TMX, and has also presented to the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Law Society of Ontario, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, and several other regulatory organizations. In 2021, Usman is set to publish The Law of Blockchain Technology (Thomson Reuters).