Chia Ling has broad experience advising fast-growth companies and MNCs in the technology, media and communications, Fintech, payments and blockchain sectors in regulatory and litigation matters.
With more than 20 years law firm experience, Chia Ling is the Managing Partner of OC Queen Street LLC, a member of Osborne Clarke's international legal practice. He has experience in advising on a broad spectrum of regulatory issues relating to:
- Payment licenses requirements and exemptions for Fintech companies and payment services providers under the Payment Services Act;
- Blockchain, cryptocurrency, decentralised finance and non-fungible tokens (NFT) and other digital assets, ICOs and SAFTS under the Payment Services Act and Securities and Futures Act;
- Data protection and data privacy issues under the Personal Data Protection Act and Banking Act; and
- General licensing matters under the Payment Services Act, Securities and Futures Act, Telecommunications Act and Cyber Security Act.
Further, Chia Ling has substantial experience in litigation for complex intellectual property, information technology and commercial disputes.
He holds a Master of Technology in Knowledge Engineering and a Master of Laws in Media, Communications & Information Technology Law. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world
As Managing Director, I believe in leading from the front. That means keeping a finger on the pulse of the latest pioneering developments in the FinTech, cyber security and digital business landscapes, so I can stay one step ahead of this rapidly developing market.
“No other senior lawyer in Singapore is as knowledgeable as Chia-Ling Koh in the business of new technology in particular fintech, AI, blockchain and cyber security."
“They are the go-to lawyers with your new digital business models. In fintech, they are probably the only two-in-one lawyers in the industry.”
Advised property listing portal 99.co in landmark Singaporean Court copyright case, read more.
Payment Regulatory Evaluation Program
Listed as a legal adviser for payment services providers under the Payment Regulatory Evaluation Program, an initiative by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Academy of Law.
Helmed a practice that has assisted more than a hundred blockchain-related projects since the ICO boom in 2016.
Coins, altcoins and tokens
Provided legal opinions, opining on the nature of a long list of coins, altcoins and tokens, including stablecoins, listed on major crypto exchanges, covering payments services, collective investments schemes and securities and futures laws.
Advised some of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges on payment account issuance, money transfers, emoney, digital payment tokens, crypto derivatives and business model restructuring.
Digital assets and payment services
Advised some of the world’s largest BigTechs and Social Media companies on their digital assets and payment services.
Created a NFT playbook for one of the world’s largest eCommerce players.
Music NFT platform
Assisted in the launch of a high profile music NFT platform.
GameFi, DeFi and FinTech
Advised a number of new digital businesses in GameFi, DeFi and FinTech on a wide spectrum of legal and regulatory issues, and group and business restructuring.
Digital CX solutions
Independent Director of TDCX (NYSE), a provider of digital CX solutions to a stellar list of the world’s largest NYSE/NASDAQ listed tech companies, and cryptocurrency firms.
Honorary Singapore curator of RegTrax, an initiative of the Stanford CodeX Blockchain Group.
Smart Contracts Law Reform Committee
Honorary member of the Smart Contracts Law Reform Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law.
SMU Centre for AI & Data Governance
Honorary Expert Panel Member of the SMU Centre for AI & Data Governance.
Association of information Security Professionals
Honorary Legal Adviser to the Association of information Security Professionals (AiSP).
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