Law firm in Toronto focused in blockchain, cryptocurrency, IT contracts, and litigation

 
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LATEST NEWS:

We’ve moved to the Eaton Centre!

 
 
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Services Offered

We service tech companies, and tech-sector talent, in the following areas:

 
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Chetan Phull

Founder / Blockchain & IT Lawyer

 
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  • 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 has been published on cryptocurrency issues in the Canadian Bar Association National Magazine, and quoted in the Law Times. Most recently, has was interviewed on blockchain law issues by Canadian Lawyer Magazine and the LSE Alumni Association London (both to be published in Jan 2019).

He speaks frequently on blockchain and cryptocurrency issues at various industry events (see below). Chetan has also authored numerous blockchain law compilations (see above), which Toronto Starts has declared: “fantastic legal resource[s] for the cryptocurrency community.”

Chetan has taught blockchain law seminars for the Ontario Bar Association, Osgoode Professional Development, and the BlockchainHub at York University. This December, he will be conducting a seminar series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with Forte Markets, on legal management of cross-jurisdictional blockchain operations. Additional seminars in London, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi are scheduled for March 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).

 

 

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    Smart Questions

    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?

     
     

    Billing & Workflow

    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.

     

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