Law firm in Toronto focused in blockchain, cryptocurrency, IT contracts, and litigation
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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).
Dec 10-11/18: “Blockchain Law & Regulation: Various Cross-Jurisdictional Issues“, Forte Markets UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi).
Jan 23-24/19: The Osgoode Certificate in Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law, Osgoode Professional Development.
Feb xx/19 (date TBA): ”Blockchain in Practice” conference, KnowledgeHut.
Mar 21-25/18: “Blockchain Law & Regulation: Various Cross-Jurisdictional Issues“, Forte Markets UAE (London, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi).
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).
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 (release date TBA).
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".
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.