Law firm in Toronto focused in blockchain, cryptocurrency, IT contracts, and litigation
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We service tech companies, and tech-sector talent, in the following areas:
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 active clients range from start-ups to large public companies for complex engagements.
Chetan is also a faculty for the Osgoode Certificate in Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law, and has taught the law portion of the Certified Blockchain Professional course offered by BlockchainHub and York University.
He speaks frequently on blockchain and cryptocurrency issues at various industry events (see below). He has also authored numerous legal compilations (see above), which Toronto Starts has cited as “fantastic legal resource[s] for the cryptocurrency community.” Chetan’s call for Parliament to legalize cryptocurrency as “money” has been published in the Canadian Bar Association National Magazine.
Chetan was called to the Bars of Ontario, New York State and Massachusetts in 2013. Prior to founding Smartblock Law, he worked for five years in Toronto as a litigator and corporate counsel, for large private corporations and institutional clients including TD Insurance. He also served for one year as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal (2011-12), where he assisted appellate court judges with numerous precedent-setting decisions.
His corporate counsel experience includes regulatory compliance, governance, high-value contracts, and contentious corporate meetings (one of which involved the police and ambulance). He also has trial, application, and motion experience in the Superior Court, 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 earned his Juris Doctor from Queen’s University (2010), and went on to complete a Master of Laws in International Business Law 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).
Oct 1/18: Government Blockchain Forum in Ottawa, Blockchain Association of Canada.
Late-Oct/18 (date TBA): Blockchain Conference Toronto, KnowledgeHut.
Nov 8/18: Credit Association of Greater Toronto, "Blockchain in Banking" dinner and panel.
Nov 20/18: Blocktech Connect Hamilton, Unitralis.
Nov 28-29/18 and Jan 23-24/19: The Osgoode Certificate in Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law, Osgoode Professional Development.
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).
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".
Do you need legal counsel who understands the nature, features, and use of your token, blockchain, and platform?
Is there vagueness in the legal landscape that your competitors are exploiting?
Should your business model be tweaked for legal practicality, or moulded around strict regulation?
Will legal developments in other jurisdictions affect your local or cross-border operations?
Our billing practices are aligned with your company's interest.
For transactional and contract drafting matters, we work within legal budgets on a cost-per-stage basis.
For litigation matters, we provide ongoing, principled cost projections for each viable path ahead.
Our workflow keeps your company informed of its options and projected expenses on an ongoing basis.