Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

FinTech Legal Department

Canada
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What the team is known for A market leader in Canadian FinTech with a dedicated blockchain and smart contract group, Gowling is well positioned to advise on the legal intricacies of distributed ledger technology. Viewed by industry insiders as ahead of the curve, the firm regularly counsels Canadian and foreign governments on blockchain and wider cryptocurrency regulation, whilst also advising start-ups. The lawyers are active in the wider FinTech scene as thought leaders, having produced a number of publications on topical issues facing companies in the sector as well as having hosted blockchain conferences across Canada.

Strengths

"They have a niche there in blockchain work. They are the leader, and their dedication to the FinTech space is real."

"They are the best at what they do, they understand the law at the highest level. They have good subject matter expertise and are able to understand my tech and protect it well, no matter the area."

"They are actively involved on the regulatory side, which gives them unique depth and perception around issues in the market. They are ahead of the curve."

Work highlights

Counselled BTL Group on their blockchain development platform Interbit, which allows developers to incorporate blockchain technology into enterprise applications.

Advised Neptune Asset Group in relation to an affiliated company concerning its activities in building and operating Dash masternodes.

Notable practitioners

Usman Sheikh is a key figure in Canadian FinTech law and a leading expert in blockchain technology. He draws on a background as a prosecutor for the Ontario Securities Commission, including his involvement in several precedent-setting cases at the Canadian Supreme Court, in acting for clients in the FinTech sector. Clients appreciate that "he has a nice approach in engaging with securities regulators, takes the time to listen to us and he has the expertise," adding "he is a really good resource in connecting people."