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. He has also been featured in a 4-part podcast on blockchain law released by ICOVisions. Most recently, Chetan was interviewed on blockchain law issues by Canadian Lawyer Magazine, and a rapid fire podcast of the LSE Alumni Association London, both to be published in Jan 2019.
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.