Carolyn Chia

Tel: +65 6805 7329

Carolyn is a non-contentious lawyer with 30 years’ experience in corporate, commercial, financing, regulatory, intellectual property, information technology and data protection matters. She is now based in Singapore having worked in London for 13 years at several large city firms.

Carolyn is active in IP and technology.  In IP, she regularly advises on the protection of brands and other IP rights, IP audits, collaborative R&D agreements, and commercialisation and licensing of IP. In addition to her work in this area, she also advises on franchising, distribution, agency, sponsorship, marketing, outsourcing and confidentiality agreements.

In technology, she has advised on software licence, development, maintenance and escrow agreements, as well as e-commerce and data protection issues, and issues relating to establishing an online presence.

On the transactional front, Carolyn works on a broad range of cross-border transactions, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, and security aspects of international transactions.

Carolyn is fluent in English and speaks Mandarin as a second language.

In addition to being called as a solicitor in Singapore, England and Wales, Carolyn also qualified as a barrister at the Middle Temple after graduating from the University of Cambridge.  She also obtained a postgraduate diploma in European Community Law from King’s College London.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Singapore
  • England & Wales


  • English
  • Mandarin

Professional Affiliations

  • The Law Society of Singapore
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Acting for companies in cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions in energy and natural resources and other sectors
  • Advising on corporate reorganisation and restructuring of international organisations
  • Advising on international joint ventures
  • Advising on a wide range of cross-border financing transactions including asset finance (including many ship financing transactions), property acquisition financing and trade and commodity finance transactions
  • Legal due diligence on Singapore companies in various sectors
  • Advising on IP ownership and protection
  • 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