Blockchain 2.0 – Applying Blockchain to Capital Markets
Usman Sheikh, Partner, National Head, Blockchain & Smart Contract Group; and National Litigation Lead, Securities, Compliance & Investigations, Gowling WLG
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).
Fredrik Voss, Vice President, Blockchain Technologies, Nasdaq
Fredrik re-joined Nasdaq in 2008. He is now holding the position as Vice President Blockchain Innovation where he is responsible for Nasdaq's blockchain innovation initiative. In this role he is advising the C-suite on corporate objectives and strategies for Nasdaq's activities in the blockchain space and also responsible for implementation and communication of approved strategies.
Before August 2015 Fredrik held the position as Deputy Head of Nasdaq Commodities where he was responsible for the management of Nasdaq Commodities’ European activities.
Between 2004 and 2008 Fredrik worked for the IntercontinentalExchange in London, UK where he was heading up the Market Development team for ICE's European operation. Before joining ICE, Fredrik worked at Nasdaq’s predecessor OMX from 1995 where he managed various business units supplying exchange and clearing solutions to deregulated electricity markets.