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The recent rage of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, exemplifies yet again how sweeping digital transformation creates new worlds for artists, the entertainment industry, and businesses alike.

Some major questions remain unanswered, however. What are NFTs and how are they (and the platforms on which they are minted and trade) regulated? How will this new frontier impact IP ownership rights in creative works? How should existing agreements with artists and businesses be updated to account for them, or what new agreements are needed? What are some practical considerations on the use of NFTs (e.g. environmental impact)?

Hear from well-known entertainment lawyer and Toronto Gowling WLG partner Susan Abramovitch, Waterloo Gowling WLG partner Tom Hunter who has spent more than 30 years helping entrepreneurs successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities of technology commercialization, and Dan Cole, partner and leader of the advertising and regulatory group. Also joining us is Vinay Gupta, Founder and CEO of Mattereum. The event is moderated by Usman Sheikh, the firm's National Head of Blockchain & Smart Contract and the top fintech lawyer in Canada for 2020 and 2021, according to Chambers.


  • Michael Garellek - Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Susan Abramovitch - Partner & Head of the Entertainment and Sports Law Group, Gowling WLG
  • Thomas Hunter - Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Daniel Cole - Partner & Leader of the Advertising and Regulatory Group, Gowling WLG
  • Vinay Gupta - Founder & CEO, Mattereum