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Year called to bar: 2006 (ON)
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 LawyerMagazine and one of the top three FinTech lawyers in Canada by Chambers, he serves as both the national Head of the firm's Blockchain & Smart Contract Group, as well as the national litigation lead of the firm's Securities, Compliance & Investigations Group. Usman provides legal advice on Fintech/blockchain advisory mandates, including payment mandates, cutting-edge token sales, crypto asset trading platforms (cryptocurrency exchanges), and others. He has served as litigation counsel on several precedent-setting securities, blockchain, and commercial cases in Canada, including before the Supreme Court of Canada. His clients include Canada’s largest banks and stock exchanges, the co-founders of Ethereum, 12 of the largest cryptocurrencies in the world, as well as several Fintech pioneers. He is a highly sought-after speaker in blockchain. Usman also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, teaching a master’s level course on the topic of blockchain and digital assets. In 2021, Usman is scheduled to publish The Law of Blockchain Technology (Thomson Reuters).