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2019 Rising Stars Winners

Congratulations Rising Stars Winners of 2019

Fairmont Royal York Hotel
November 7th, 2019


Usman M. Sheikh

Partner, Gowling WLG


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Usman is the National Head of Gowling's pioneering Blockchain & Smart Contract group. He oversees a blockchain team of 80+ practitioners, which handled the world’s first listing of a blockchain company. He has worked on cutting-edge mandates involving initial coin offerings (ICOs), cryptocurrency exchanges and crypto-investment funds.


Usman also leads the firm’s Securities Litigation group. He represents several of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and asset managers in Canada’s first known “opt-out” securities class action. He is counsel to one of Canada’s largest banks and one of its most prominent brokers in a complex financial product litigation matter involving rate re-set preferred shares.


Usman is playing an instrumental role in building Canada’s first national gay and lesbian museum. He is a project developer for the Canadian Centre for Gender + Sexual Diversity and is co-chairing the campaign to raise $5 million.


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