April 02 to 04 2018, Santa Clara, USA.


Speaker "Usman Sheikh" Details

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

Abstract :

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.

Profile :

Usman Sheikh is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office and is the National Head of the Blockchain & Smart Contract practice group as well as the firm’s Securities, Compliance & Investigations Group. Usman oversees a blockchain group of over 80 practitioners at Gowling WLG, which includes among its many accomplishments the listing of the very first blockchain company in the world. His practice focuses on crypto-currency litigation, securities enforcement and class proceedings as well as general corporate / commercial litigation. Usman has served as counsel on several precedent-setting securities and commercial cases in Canada, including cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Usman spent four years as a prosecutor in the OSC's Enforcement Branch, including within the specialist Insider Trading/Market Manipulation Unit. He is a thought leader on blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT), including its application to the capital markets, and is currently authoring the upcoming book, The Law of Blockchain Technology (Thomson Reuters, 2018).


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