Carolyn Chia

Tel: +65 6805 7329

Carolyn has more than 25 years’ experience as a solicitor, advising clients on corporate, commercial, financing, intellectual property, information technology and data protection matters.

She has practised both in Singapore and in London, where she worked for 13 years at several large city firms. Carolyn has advised internationally based clients on a broad range of cross-border transactions, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions (including asset, acquisition, trade and commodity finance transactions). She has also advised on a broad range of commercial agreements such as franchising, distribution, agency, sponsorship, marketing, outsourcing and confidentiality agreements. In the IP field, she has advised on the protection of brands and other IP, IP audits, collaborative R&D agreements, and on the commercialisation and licensing of IP. In the technology area, she has advised on software licences, development, maintenance and escrow agreements, as well as on e-commerce and data protection issues and issues relating to setting up an online presence.

Carolyn obtained her degree in Law from the University of Cambridge and a postgraduate diploma in European Community Law from King’s College London.

She qualified as a barrister at Middle Temple, and as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore and a solicitor in England and Wales. She is fluent in English and speaks Mandarin as a second language.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Singapore
  • England & Wales


  • English
  • Mandarin

Professional Affiliations

  • The Law Society of Singapore
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Advising on mergers and acquisitions both cross-border and domestic
  • Advising on corporate reorganization and restructuring
  • Advising on international joint ventures
  • Advising on a wide range of cross-border financing transactions including asset finance (including many ship financing transactions), acquisition, trade and commodity finance transactions
  • Legal due diligence on Singapore companies in various sectors
  • Advising on IP ownership and protection, including registration of trademarks
  • Advising IP owners on commercialisation of IP, IP licences, assignments, technology transfer agreements and collaborative research and development agreements
  • Advising and drafting a range of IT and e-commerce agreements for clients such as banks and airlines, including software licences, software development agreements and terms and conditions for websites
  • Advising on franchising, distribution, agency, and outsourcing agreements
  • Advising on event sponsorship, marketing and catering agreements, including advising a multinational hospitality and support services company
  • Advising clients, including banks and insurance brokers, on data protection compliance issues including data protection notices, privacy policies for websites, data retention and general compliance