Usman Sheikh

Partner National Head of the Blockchain & Smart Contracts Group Gowling WLG

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 2020 as the top fintech lawyer in Canada by Chambers, he serves as the national head of the firm’s Blockchain & Smart Contracts Group. Usman provides legal advice blockchain advisory mandates, including cutting-edge token sales, crypto asset platforms, blockchain litigation matters and others. His clients include Canada’s largest banks, 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 2020, Usman is set to publish The Law of Blockchain Technology (Thomson Reuters).