Ken Dhaliwal is a Partner in Dentons’ Toronto office; he joined the firm in 2014 from another Canadian law firm. He focuses on the areas of media, entertainment and intellectual property law. Ken primarily practices in the film, television, book publishing and live theatre industries. His national and international clients are involved in a wide range of activities from financing to production and distribution. He acts for banks, film and television producers, distributors, broadcasters as well as creators and artists.
In assisting his clients achieve their transactional goals, Ken brings his extensive industry experience, balanced approach and goal-oriented focus. He frequently advises them on the areas of Canadian tax incentives, which he combines with international incentives, treaty co-productions and co-ventures, and structuring productions to maximize the benefits of these programs. His experience also extends to working directly and extensively with Canadian guilds and governmental and private agencies on behalf of his Canadian and foreign clients.
Ken has represented producers on large budget productions such as, Resident Evil series, Pompeii, The Mortal Instruments and the Twilight Saga, as well as the television series Lost Girl and XIII. Ken has represented several domestic and foreign lenders in connection with large budget productions such as Cosmopolis, Rogue and Rookie Blue.
Ken has been peer-rated as “most frequently recommended” in the annual Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory annual survey and has been recognized in the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the leading 500 lawyers in Canada. Ken is also recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of entertainment law in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada(Woodward/White).