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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 ChambersFintech from 2020 to 2022, 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. His practice focuses on complex corporate/commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities litigation, cryptocurrency litigation (Bitcoin, Ether, and other cryptocurrencies), professional liability claims, and class proceedings. He also provides legal advice on blockchain advisory mandates, including cutting-edge token sales, cryptocurrency exchanges, and others. 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. He is a highly sought-after speaker on blockchain. Usman also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. In 2022, Usman’s book, The Law of Blockchain Technology, is scheduled to be published (Thomson Reuters). In 2021, he was recognized in Toronto Life's magazine’s annual feature “The Influentials List”.