Chetan’s In-Depth Blockchain Law Research
Speaking & Media Engagements
Most Recent Speaking Engagements:
Dec 10-11/18: “Legal Management of Cross-Jurisdictional Blockchain Operations“, Forte Markets UAE (Dubai).
Nov 30/18: “Blockchain Litigation In and Beyond Capital Markets”, as part of “Blockchain 2018 — Capital Markets and Beyond”, Ontario Bar Association.
Nov 29/18: The Osgoode Certificate in Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law, Osgoode Professional Development.
Nov 20/18: Blocktech Connect Hamilton, Unitralis.
Nov 18/18: London School of Economics Law 2.0 podcast.
Nov 13/18: Lecture on blockchain law, Blockchain at McGill (Montreal).
Nov 8/18: "Blockchain in Banking" dinner and panel, Credit Association of Greater Toronto.
Oct 14/18: BlockchainHub / York University, Certified Blockchain Professional program, "Blockchain legal workshop”.
Sept 26/18: Toronto Cryptocurrency Conference, Toronto Starts (Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University).
Aug 18/18: Canadian National Exhibition, Canadian Cryptocurrency Panel.
Jun 20/18: Toronto Cryptocurrency Conference, Toronto Starts.
Jun 13/18: Blockchain Hub / York University, "Blockchain & Gaming".
May 2/18: Waterloo Fintech and Crypto Group, "Cryptocurrency Contracts and Crypto-Litigation".
Apr 24/18: 2nd Annual Blockchain Conference at MaRS, FinTech Worldwide, LTD.
Apr 21/18: Blockchain Hub / Bitcoin Bay / York University, "BlockHack Toronto".
Apr 18/18: Toronto Cryptocurrency Conference, Toronto Starts.
Feb 27/18: Blockchain Technology Conference in Toronto, AgileGlobalEvent, "The Law and Regulatory Status of ICOs/ITOs, and Virtual Currencies".
Feb 18/18: BlockchainHub / York University, Certified Blockchain Professional program, "Blockchain legal frameworks".
Feb 14/18: Smartblock Law mentioned on ThatChannel.com interview of Dave D'Silva, Bitcoin North.
Feb 12/18: Bitcoin Bay, "State of blockchain: a year in review and the future".
Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
Feb 18/19: QuadrigaCX: The “Aftermath”, Bitcoin Bay, Toronto.
Mar 5/19: Proptech Society Deal Making Conference, Toronto.
Mar 5/19: Technology and Intellectual Property Conference, University of Toronto Law School.
Mar 12/19: Presentation on the Blockchain Regulatory Landscape, MPWR Crypto Mining Summit 2019 (Vancouver, BC).
Circa Mar 15-17/19: BlockchainHub / York University, Certified Blockchain Professional program, "Blockchain legal workshop” (to be confirmed).
Apr 23-25/19: “Legal Management of Cross-Jurisdictional Blockchain Operations“, Forte Markets UAE (London, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi).
Apr 30/19: “After the Bell: Blockchain as a Disruptor in Global Markets AND Stablecoins: An Investor’s Perspective”, Mankoff Company.
Q1 2019 (date TBA): World Blockchain Summit (Canada edition), Trescon Global Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Jun 2/19: The Blockchain Expo 19, The Blockchain Expo (Buffalo).
We service tech companies, and tech-sector talent, in the following areas:
Founder / Blockchain & IT Lawyer
B.Mus., University of Toronto
J.D., Queen's University
LL.M., University College London
Clerkship, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
Called to the Bars of Ontario, New York State and Massachusetts
Chetan Phull is a lawyer with software development experience. He is the founder of Smartblock Law Professional Corporation, a law firm in Toronto focused in blockchain, cryptocurrency, IT contracts, and litigation. The firm’s clients range from start-ups to public companies for complex engagements, including cross-border legal/operational strategy, litigation, and representation before the Ontario Securities Commission.
Chetan is also an international speaker on legal management of cross-border blockchain operations. He is the sole speaker for such a seminar series in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, and Frankfurt, run by Forte Markets, and has U.S. speaking dates in 2019. To date, Chetan has taught blockchain law seminars for the Ontario Bar Association, Osgoode Professional Development, the BlockchainHub at York University, and the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department.
He has also authored numerous blockchain law compilations (see above), which Toronto Starts has declared: “fantastic legal resource[s] for the cryptocurrency community.” Chetan has been published on cryptocurrency issues in the Canadian Bar Association National Magazine, and quoted in the Law Times, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, Bitcoin Magazine, and the Vancouver Sun. He has also been featured in a 4-part podcast by ICOVisions. Most recently, Chetan was interviewed on blockchain law issues for a podcast of the LSE Alumni Association London (release date TBA).
Prior to founding Smartblock Law, Chetan worked for five years in Toronto as a litigator and corporate counsel, for large private corporations and institutional clients including TD Insurance. His corporate counsel experience includes regulatory compliance, governance, high-value contracts, and contentious corporate meetings. He also has trial, application, and motion experience in the Superior Court and Commercial List, as well as experience preparing materials for appeal before the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Chetan’s work also appears in the Journal of International Arbitration, and the Journal of International Banking Law & Regulation. His publication in the former law journal was translated into Thai by the Thai Arbitration Institute.
Chetan is admitted to the Bars of Ontario, New York State, and Massachusetts (2013). He is a former law clerk of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal (2011-2012), with a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University (2010), and a Master of Laws from University College London (2011). Prior to his legal studies, he also completed a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Toronto (2007).
B.A. (Hons) Humanities., York University
J.D., Bond University
Passed the Ontario Bar exams and NCA exams
Idan works as an articling student in all practice areas of Smartblock Law tailored to blockchain and cryptocurrency clients. He regularly attends lawyer education seminars on blockchain law involving the firm, including one recent event held by the Ontario Bar Association.
Idan has over two years’ experience in software marketing with Spar Group Inc., where he designed and implemented guerilla marketing campaigns for large software and technology brands, including Fitbit, Nest, August Smart Lock, and Electronic Arts. In this role he also designed and led in-house seminars on brand strategies.
During law school, Idan worked part-time for a wholesale nutrition company in Australia. That experience exposed him to various issues in the law of corporations, commercial contracts, consumer protection, and KYC. In this role he also gained valuable experience drafting legal documents and submissions, and managing client relationships. Idan also took practicums in Alternative Dispute Resolution, where he navigated complex legal problems, and prioritized the business and legal interests of his clients.
Idan has a J.D. from Bond University Law School, and a B.A. (Honours) from York University. He is fluent in French and Hebrew.