Chiew Yu Sarn is a founding partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial Department of Yusarn Audrey. Yu Sarn is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, and is also entered into the rolls as a Solicitor, England and Wales.
Experience / Areas of Practice
Yu Sarn’s areas of practice include corporate and commercial law and IP, with a specific focus on the commercialization of IP. His experience includes the following:
- Venture Capital and Private Equity Investments
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- IP Acquisition and Sale
- Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
- Research Collaborations and Sponsored Research
- Biomedical Research and Regulatory Advice
- Manufacturing, Agency, Distribution and Supply Chain Management
- Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Law and Initial Coin Offerings
- Corporate and Commercial Law
In the area of financial technology, including blockchain and cryptocurrency, Yu Sarn has advised on several initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the fields of supply chain assurance, gaming, healthcare, and mobile payments, among others. In addition, he has advised on regulatory issues relating to insurance technology as well as cryptocurrency dealer business. He has also assisted clients in making applications to be admitted to the MAS Fintech Regulatory Sandbox.
In his strategic IP consultancy work, Yu Sarn advises companies, institutions and government agencies on IP strategic planning and IP governance and policy, and helps his clients enhance their in-house IP management capabilities through training and coaching. He also advises companies on raising capital and financing using their IP. This work includes preparing companies for capital raising through IP audits. He has also performed pre-investment IP due diligence investigations on behalf of private equity investors.
In the area of franchising and licensing, Yu Sarn’s practice includes assisting Singapore and international franchisors and IP owners in franchising and licensing transactions all over Asia and other markets. As regional legal counsel for international franchisors and IP owners from various countries and fields, he has been instrumental in helping a number of them enter into markets in Asia and beyond, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Brunei, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, India, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Australia and, of course, Singapore.
The clients he has served include technology companies in areas such as software, wireless technology and healthcare, as well as venture capital and private equity fund managers, statutory boards, hospitals, multinational corporations, foreign and local law firms and internationally renowned authors and speakers.
In recognition of his experience and expertise in the field of IP licensing and commercialization, Yu Sarn was accredited as a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) by Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc., an independent, worldwide non-profit organization tasked with maintaining internationally applicable standards, ethics, and excellence in the field of licensing.
In 2019, Yu Sarn was recognised in the IAM 300 list of the world’s leading IP strategists. IAM says: “When it comes to developing IP business models for expansion into China and globally, few do it better than Yu Sarn Chiew. Creative and thorough, he is a brilliant strategist who excels at innovating ways to raise capital using IP rights.”
Yu Sarn has served as an Independent Director of a SGX-listed company for five years and is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.
Appointments / Membership
- Board member, ACCESS (Association of Cryptocurrency Enterprises and Startups, Singapore)
- Co-chair, Asia-Pacific Committee of the Licensing Executives Society International
- Past President, Licensing Executives Society (Singapore) (2009-2011)
- Member, Law Society of Singapore
- Member, Singapore Academy of Law
- Member, the Law Society of England and Wales
- Member, Singapore Institute of Directors
- Associate Member, Franchising And Licensing Association Singapore (FLA)