Mr Ken Dhaliwal > Dentons > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Banking and Finance; Intellectual Property and Technology; Securities and Corporate Finance; Media, Entertainment and Sports




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 practises 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 programmes. 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: Retribution, Silent Hill: Revelation, Whistleblower 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 and Splice.

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University of Western Ontario, 1991, LL.B.
York University, 1988, B.A.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Media and entertainment

(Leading individuals)

Ken DhaliwalDentons

Dentons‘ media and entertainment group is highly regarded for its work in the film and television industries, where it acts for major Hollywood studios, digital media platforms, independent producers, and a host of other media companies. In addition to providing full-service tax, litigation, commercial and IP, and labour advice, the practice notably handles the financing of large-budget domestic and foreign films, television programmes and new media productions, acting for both borrowers and lenders. Ken Dhaliwal and Jim Russell jointly lead the team from Toronto; Juliet Smith in Vancouver is a standout figure in the media and entertainment market in British Columbia; and Jayme Alter is a rising star associate, also in the Toronto office.