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Blockchain 2.0: Application of DLT in the Capital Markets, Banking and other Industries


Blockchain technology is widely considered to be the most revolutionary technology invented since the days of the internet.  Its disruptive force is being felt throughout the world of business, across all industries.  In this session, we consider the cutting-edge application of blockchain technology to several industries, including banking, the capital markets, insurance, real estate and democratic elections.  Regulatory, legal, technological and other challenges will also be considered and discussed.


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 one of the top three fintech lawyers in Canada by Chambers, he serves as the National Head of the Blockchain & Smart Contract practice group and a key leader of the firm’s Tech practice.  His practice focuses on cutting-edge artificial intelligence, FinTech and blockchain mandates.  A highly sought-after thought leader on emerging technologies, Usman has briefed the offices of several prime ministers, as well as ministers, on the disruptive power of emerging technologies, 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 (IMF) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), 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.