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Lucy
Lawyer

Having spent more of her career in Asia than the UK, Lucy has extensive experience around the region, in particular in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. For the last 5 years she has focused specifically on technology law and startups.

  • Oxford University, B.A.
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, 2009
  • Tech
  • Crypto
  • Investment
  • Structuring

Lucy
Lawyer

What drives you?

Poverty made me ambitious, but a scholarship to a top private school gave me the opportunity to excel. In turn that drives Upstart’s mission to give poor startups the same opportunities as rich corporates.

What do you love about your job?

After years of corporate slavery it is so inspiring to spend my days with people who are trying to change the world – one of our clients is a self-taught rocket scientist!

Tell us a secret.

I am a qualified massage therapist. It was really rewarding work but I hung up my professional thumb muscles many years ago now!

Lucy

Lucy
Lawyer

Cameron
Lawyer

Arriving in Singapore via London and Dubai, Cameron has over 18 years’ experience in the media, entertainment and technology sectors. His key practice areas comprise venture capital investment, content licensing & distribution, and motion picture production (credits including Star Wars VII, Fast & Furious 7, War Machine, Top Gear, and Sesame Street).

  • BA(Hons) Oxford
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, 2003
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Media
  • Crypto
  • Venture Capital

Cameron
Lawyer

What drives you?

I like to work hard and play hard, splitting my time between Bangkok and Singapore gives me the chance to do both!

What do you love about your job?

It’s exciting knowing that each new client could be the next unicorn.

Tell us a secret.

I like great guitar music and terrible football teams. Also I advised on films like Star Wars VII and Fast & Furious 7!

Cameron

Cameron
Lawyer

Sasha

Sasha
Lawyer

Born and bred in Perth, Australia, Sasha traded in the waves for the big city and moved to Singapore in 2011. She has over 10 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer in both law firms and multinational companies.

  • LLB (Distinction), B.Com, University of Western Australia
  • Energy and Resources
  • Corporate
  • Commercial contracts
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia (2008) and to the High Court of Australia (2009)
  • M&A
Sasha

Sasha
Lawyer

What drives you?

Caffeine. And a desire to help others and build community.

What do you love about your job?

Working with people who are genuinely happy and excited to be at the office and to be building something great together.

Tell us a secret.

I am a licensed marriage celebrant in Australia. And I can juggle!

Sasha

Sasha
Lawyer

Andre
Lawyer

A tech-literate millennial trained in disputes, Andre recently made the jump to corporate work to scratch a burgeoning tech itch, and to help clients stave-off conflict before it rears its ugly head.

  • Singapore Qualified Lawyer (Non-Practising), 2017
  • LL.B. Hons, UCL
  • Disputes
  • Tech
  • Corporate

Andre
Lawyer

What drives you?

Born into a connected generation, I enjoy finding ways to leverage the gift of technology in both my personal and professional lives.

What do you love about your job?

Bearing witness to and helping along the growth of an idea, from genesis through to fruition (and beyond).

Tell us a secret.

Hand me a microphone and I’ll drop the beat (i.e. I beatbox)!

Andre

Andre
Lawyer

Claire
Lawyer

Claire has built her career in employment and remuneration from different professional angles: as a lawyer, a remuneration consultant and most recently in-house head of reward. This means she can advise on all aspects of employment and pay, from technical legal advice to pragmatic day-to-day operations.

  • BA Modern Languages, Oxford University
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, qualified in 2005
  • Employment and remuneration including share incentives

Claire
Lawyer

What drives you?

I love the satisfaction of finding solutions for clients and making their lives simpler. I believe a good adviser is someone who understands the challenges and finds a way for you to do what you want to do.

What do you love about your job?

We're in a unique position, as a start-up ourselves advising other start-ups on their own journeys from idea to success. It means we understand what our clients are going through and get to work with so many exciting new businesses along the way.

Tell us a secret.

I don't like vegetables!

Claire

Claire
Lawyer

Siti
Corporate Secretary

Being in the corporate secretarial and compliance world for the past 15 years, has given Siti with a wide range of exposure and various platforms to further strengthen her skills and experience. She is able to juggle well handling her portfolios, be it in a team or on her own.

  • Diploma, Business Administration
  • Diploma, Private Secretary
  • ACRA Filing Agent
  • Incorporation
  • Corporate Secretarial
  • Compliance

Siti
Corporate Secretary

What drives you?

I want to understand everything perfectly, so I know exactly where I stand at all times (and always good to have Plan B as back-up if Plan A doesn’t work!)

What do you love about your job?

The satisfaction when you see that big grin on your client’s face on the accomplishment of their projects.

Tell us a secret.

I actually love being in my own world, plugging in my headphones with some Hip Hop and a good book!

Siti

Siti
Corporate Secretary

Nani
Corporate Secretarial Assistant

A graduate from Republic Poly, she had her hands dip into the hospitality industry. She had an amazing time working with Sofitel Sentosa and Holiday Inn but realised that was not her goals. This is.

  • Diploma in Hospitality Management
  • Higher Nitec in Business Administration
  • Administrative
  • Planner

Nani
Corporate Secretary

What drives you?

My passion is people. I hold values for how people should be treated, my sense of fairness and desire for harmony. I always put great effort in making others feel better.

What do you love about your job?

This will be my first, to work in a corporate environment. it’s interesting but the best part of my job currently, I get to learn new things every single day!

Tell us a secret.

I’m your crazy cat lady!

Nani

Nani
Corporate Secretarial Assistant

Jac
Executive Assistant

Jac’s experience spans from being a sales engineer to a teacher in a non-profit organisation. She worked extensively as a team leader establishing standard operating procedures and conformity.

  • B.A English Language and Literature
  • Word Processing
  • Office Management
  • Bookkeeping

Jac
Executive Assistant

What drives you?

I am driven by compassion towards others – I try to help people in distress, minorities or the underprivileged in my spare time. I passionately believe the world can be a better place.

What do you love about your job?

That it’s beyond clerical, with diverse opportunities to be involved in new projects.

Tell us a secret.

When I’m done swimming and painting I secretly pretend to be Wonder Woman – I want to save the world!

Jac

Jac
Executive Assistant

Vicky
Executive Assistant

Vicky

Vicky has over 8 years' experience working as a PA in the UK. She wanted to learn more about the world of business so whilst working full time, studied towards a Business Management Degree, which she has one year left to complete.

  • NC/D Business Management

Vicky
Executive Assistant

What drives you?

Travel – I always wanted to see more of the world and being in Singapore gives me a brilliant opportunity to travel and experience different cultures and people.

What do you love about your job?

I love seeing how a business grows and all the challenges they face and how they overcome them.

Tell us a secret.

I'm a Grade 5 pianist.

Vicky

Vicky
Executive Assistant

Laura
Tech

Laura has experience in solution architecture, software design and development and business analysis.

  • BA (University of Toronto)
  • BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis
  • Scrum Master
  • Business process improvement
  • Enterprise IT

Laura
Tech

What drives you?

My desire to set a good example for people around me, especially my kids.

What do you love about your job?

The diversity of our clients and learning about their amazing journeys

Tell us a secret.

I have a collection of unusual musical instruments!

Laura

Laura
Tech

Cam
Tech

Cam has over 10-years experience in the advertising industry specializing in translating user needs into insights to drive compelling communications and product designs. His career spans experience and product design for web and apps, brand strategy and development and communications planning and execution.

  • B.A Political Science University of Western Ontario
  • Design Thinking
  • User Experience Design
  • Brand Planning and Strategy

Cam
Tech

What drives you?

Curiosity. Curiosity makes every day interesting and exciting. I love uncovering why people do what they do and how we can help them. We are all so interesting!

What do you love about your job?

I love working with a diverse team striving toward a collective goal. Our goal is helping people build the business they've always wanted. If that can't make you strive for greatness i don't know what will.

Tell us a secret.

I’m a Deadhead and I was once deserted on an island hours away from any civilization!

Cam

Cam
Tech



 
Lucy

LUCY
Lawyer


 

Having spent more of her career in Asia than the UK, Lucy has extensive experience around the region, in particular in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. For the last 5 years she has focused specifically on technology law and startups.

  • Oxford University, B.A.
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, 2009
  • Tech
  • Crypto
  • Investment
  • Structuring

What drives you?

Poverty made me ambitious, but a scholarship to a top private school gave me the opportunity to excel. In turn that drives Upstart’s mission to give poor startups the same opportunities as rich corporates.

What do you love about your job?

After years of corporate slavery it is so inspiring to spend my days with people who are trying to change the world – one of our clients is a self-taught rocket scientist!

Tell us a secret.

I am a qualified massage therapist. It was really rewarding work but I hung up my professional thumb muscles many years ago now!



 
Cameron

CAMERON
Lawyer


 

Arriving in Singapore via London and Dubai, Cameron has over 18 years’ experience in the media, entertainment and technology sectors. His key practice areas comprise venture capital investment, content licensing & distribution, and motion picture production (credits including Star Wars VII, Fast & Furious 7, War Machine, Top Gear, and Sesame Street).

  • BA(Hons) Oxford
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, 2003
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Media
  • Crypto
  • Venture Capital

What drives you?

I like to work hard and play hard, splitting my time between Bangkok and Singapore gives me the chance to do both!

What do you love about your job?

It’s exciting knowing that each new client could be the next unicorn.

Tell us a secret.

I like great guitar music and terrible football teams. Also I advised on films like Star Wars VII and Fast & Furious 7!



 
Sasha

SASHA
Lawyer


 

Born and bred in Perth, Australia, Sasha traded in the waves for the big city and moved to Singapore in 2011. She has over 10 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer in both law firms and multinational companies.

  • LLB (Distinction), B.Com, University of Western Australia
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia (2008) and to the High Court of Australia (2009)
  • M&A
  • Corporate
  • Energy and Resources
  • Commercial contracts

What drives you?

Caffeine. And a desire to help others and build community.

What do you love about your job?

Working with people who are genuinely happy and excited to be at the office and to be building something great together.

Tell us a secret.

I am a licensed marriage celebrant in Australia. And I can juggle!



 
Andre

ANDRE
Lawyer


 

A tech-literate millennial trained in disputes, Andre recently made the jump to corporate work to scratch a burgeoning tech itch, and to help clients stave-off conflict before it rears its ugly head.

  • LL.B. Hons, UCL
  • Singapore Qualified Lawyer (Non-Practising), 2017
  • Disputes
  • Tech
  • Corporate

What drives you?

Born into a connected generation, I enjoy finding ways to leverage the gift of technology in both my personal and professional lives.

What do you love about your job?

Bearing witness to and helping along the growth of an idea, from genesis through to fruition (and beyond).

Tell us a secret.

Hand me a microphone and I’ll drop the beat (i.e. I beatbox)!



 
Claire

CLAIRE
Lawyer


 

Claire has built her career in employment and remuneration from different professional angles: as a lawyer, a remuneration consultant and most recently in-house head of reward. This means she can advise on all aspects of employment and pay, from technical legal advice to pragmatic day-to-day operations.

  • BA Modern Languages, Oxford University
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, qualified in 2005
  • Employment and remuneration including share incentives

What drives you?

I love the satisfaction of finding solutions for clients and making their lives simpler. I believe a good adviser is someone who understands the challenges and finds a way for you to do what you want to do.

What do you love about your job?

We're in a unique position, as a start-up ourselves advising other start-ups on their own journeys from idea to success. It means we understand what our clients are going through and get to work with so many exciting new businesses along the way.

Tell us a secret.

I don't like vegetables!



 
Siti

SITI
Corporate Secretary


 

Being in the corporate secretarial and compliance world for the past 15 years, has given Siti with a wide range of exposure and various platforms to further strengthen her skills and experience. She is able to juggle well handling her portfolios, be it in a team or on her own.

  • Diploma, Business Administration
  • Diploma, Private Secretary
  • ACRA Filing Agent
  • Incorporation
  • Corporate Secretarial
  • Compliance

What drives you?

I want to understand everything perfectly, so I know exactly where I stand at all times (and always good to have Plan B as back-up if Plan A doesn’t work!)

What do you love about your job?

The satisfaction when you see that big grin on your client’s face on the accomplishment of their projects.

Tell us a secret.

I actually love being in my own world, plugging in my headphones with some Hip Hop and a good book!



 
Nani

NANI
Corporate Secretarial Assistant


 

A graduate from Republic Poly, she had her hands dip into the hospitality industry. She had an amazing time working with Sofitel Sentosa and Holiday Inn but realised that was not her goals. This is.

  • Diploma in Hospitality Management
  • Higher Nitec in Business Administration
  • Administrative
  • Planner

What drives you?

My passion is people. I hold values for how people should be treated, my sense of fairness and desire for harmony. I always put great effort in making others feel better.

What do you love about your job?

This will be my first, to work in a corporate environment. it’s interesting but the best part of my job currently, I get to learn new things every single day!

Tell us a secret.

I’m your crazy cat lady!



 
Jac

JAC
Executive Assistant


 

Jac’s experience spans from being a sales engineer to a teacher in a non-profit organisation. She worked extensively as a team leader establishing standard operating procedures and conformity.

  • B.A English Language and Literature
  • Word Processing
  • Office Management
  • Bookkeeping

What drives you?

I am driven by compassion towards others – I try to help people in distress, minorities or the underprivileged in my spare time. I passionately believe the world can be a better place.

What do you love about your job?

That it’s beyond clerical, with diverse opportunities to be involved in new projects.

Tell us a secret.

When I’m done swimming and painting I secretly pretend to be Wonder Woman – I want to save the world!



 
Vicky

VICKY
Executive Assistant


 

Vicky has over 8 years' experience working as a PA in the UK. She wanted to learn more about the world of business so whilst working full time, studied towards a Business Management Degree, which she has one year left to complete.

  • HNC/D Business Management

What drives you?

Travel – I always wanted to see more of the world and being in Singapore gives me a brilliant opportunity to travel and experience different cultures and people.

What do you love about your job?

I love seeing how a business grows and all the challenges they face and how they overcome them.

Tell us a secret.

I'm a Grade 5 pianist.



 
Laura

LAURA
Tech


 

Laura has experience in solution architecture, software design and development and business analysis.

  • BA (University of Toronto)
  • BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis
  • Scrum Master
  • Business process improvement
  • Enterprise IT

What drives you?

My desire to set a good example for people around me, especially my kids.

What do you love about your job?

The diversity of our clients and learning about their amazing journeys.

Tell us a secret.

I have a collection of unusual musical instruments!



 
Cam

CAM
Tech


 

Cam has over 10-years experience in the advertising industry specializing in translating user needs into insights to drive compelling communications and product designs. His career spans experience and product design for web and apps, brand strategy and development and communications planning and execution.

  • B.A Political Science University of Western Ontario
  • Design Thinking
  • User Experience Design
  • Brand Planning and Strategy

What drives you?

Curiosity. Curiosity makes every day interesting and exciting. I love uncovering why people do what they do and how we can help them. We are all so interesting!

What do you love about your job?

I love working with a diverse team striving toward a collective goal. Our goal is helping people build the business they've always wanted. If that can't make you strive for greatness i don't know what will.

Tell us a secret.

I’m a Deadhead and I was once deserted on an island hours away from any civilization!


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