Lawyer Samuel Yuen, managing director of Singapore Law firm Yuen Law LLC

I see my mission in practice as helping businesses thrive. I derive great satisfaction from helping start-ups and entrepreneurs overcome their legal challenges and flourish.

Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore Class of 2000

Certificate in Christian Ministries, Trinity Theological College

Samuel Yuen is a leading lawyer in Singapore recognised by the prestigious Chambers and Partners for his corporate and commercial work. He is a renowned corporate M&A expert with a “multi-threat” background in securities, intellectual property and commercial transactional work.

Specialisation

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Technology & Media
  • Data Protection
  • Labour & Employment
  • Competition
  • Intellectual Property

I see my mission in practice as helping businesses thrive. I derive great satisfaction from helping start-ups and entrepreneurs overcome their legal challenges and flourish.

Language Proficiency

English, Mandarin

Ranked in Chambers

Samuel Yuen is the Managing Director of Yuen Law LLC and and Head of its Corporate and Business Practice Team. He founded this law firm in 2012 after a fruitful career in corporate and securities law, including a three-year stint as a department head in the IP Agency of Malaysia’s renowned Henry Goh Group.

Ranked as a leading legal practitioner in Singapore, Samuel has a strong focus on corporate and commercial matters relating to start-ups and emerging companies. Driven by the belief that an effective lawyer is a collaborator for success, he works hand in glove with his clients to meet their needs at their various stages of growth.

He is perhaps best known for being a creative thinker who provides out-of-the-box but practical and efficient legal solutions.

Yuen Law LLC started as a ‘one-man’ Singapore Law Practice in 2012 by our founding director Samuel Yuen with nothing more than tears, blood and guts and the shirt on his back (and comfortable shoes). Like all start-ups, Yuen Law LLC bootstrapped its way from a leased table space to becoming a full service, mid-sized Singapore Law Practice which has been feted and accoladed by clients and industry players alike.

An old hand at business development owing to a long family line of entrepreneurs and undertakings in various law firms including his own, Samuel understands the struggles, challenges and gratification of running businesses. That empathy, combined with business acumen that’s constantly sharpened in the course of serving clients and networking, is what builds greater affinity between him and corporate clients. He is also regularly sought out by his peers for advice on practice related issues.

Samuel is a published author, with “Funding for Start-ups — A Guide to Fundraising” launched in February 2020 as part of a 3-book deal with Marshall Cavendish to develop a series of easy access guidebooks for start-ups. This first book draws on his extensive experience, having advised numerous startups and tech/fintech companies in their capital raises, as well as investors including venture capital firms and institutional investors.

As a leader, he has imbued a spirit of excellence among the Yuen Law team – whether lawyers or colleagues in other roles – that is propped up by a firm culture of supportiveness and empathy. He upholds the highest expectations of his team in the standards of their work and how they treat clients and one another. The firm invests in its people, both professionally in terms of constant upgrading and upskilling, as well as in encouraging time outs for their family and personal life and self care.

A great believer in nurturing the next generation of legal professionals and entrepreneurs, Samuel regularly contributes his time and insights at talks, workshops and legal clinics for undergraduates and startups at NUS LAW, SMU and various business associations.

Samuel is the honorary legal counsel for the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore and founded Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd, a registered charity with Institute of Public Character status.

He worships at Covenant Evangelical Free Church and enjoys exploring the world. He is the proud father of a precious little girl and grateful husband to the vivacious mother of his daughter. Samuel currently stewards 4 cats (Bobby, Billy, Bruno the snowball and Hairy Barry) with his family.

  • Advising of local and foreign businesses on listing on the SGX Mainboard and the Catalist Board
  • Reverse takeover of SGX Catalist board company
  • Structuring businesses with cross-border subsidiaries
  • Advising on the set up of the Chamber of Commerce in Singapore for a North African Country
  • Advising on compliance with MAS regulations for a fintech group
  • Advising on seed and series funding for health tech startup, a fintech startup, government linked investment arms and venture capital firms
  • Advising property developer on setting up a proptech accelerator
  • Advising on merger & acquisitions transactions for a real estate firm, and a entertainment company
  • Implementation of Personal Data Protection Policy for a veterinary group
  • Advising on cross border intellectual property rights protection and enforcement for food and beverage groups
  • Advising on compliance with local employment laws for a retail MNC
  • Honorary legal counsel for the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore
  • Founder of Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd, a registered charity

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News about Samuel Yuen

Yuen Law Celebrates 10 Good Years – A Note From Our Managing Director

10 Years… If I may boast about something, let it be about my God who encouraged us with the unsolicited grace and blessings of friends and clients throughout this journey. This has been a journey with humble beginnings: I was the first lawyer in my whole extended family and was the only candidate from my

Yuen Law ranked on Chambers and Partners 2022

In almost a blink of an eye, the year is drawing to a close. While it was yet another year full of restrictions and cautionary measures, we’re grateful to have spent 2021 with our loved ones, and in service to you! Seasons Blessings We wish you a season of blessings and joy, and a brighter

In our firm, we liken the practice of law not to karate, taekwondo or any formal school of martial arts but to MMA. We do what it takes to protect our clients’ interests within the confines of the legal system. Our lawyers are impelled to constantly ground their practice in reality and pragmatism.

Articles by Samuel Yuen

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Yuen Law Testimonial

Samuel Yuen is the managing director and heads the corporate team, attracting praise from clients for the “excellent service, advice and guidance” he provides to clients. He is a seasoned practitioner who has a stellar reputation for his work for startups, providing the full range of advice, from M&A and investments to IP matters and regulatory compliance.

Analysis by Chambers and Partners
Chambers Asia Pacific 2021
Yuen Law Testimonial

My partners and I had to raise capital from a small group of investors. This created the need for an elaborate investment structure and the appropriate corporate governance mechanism. Yuen Law was very patient and meticulous in helping to operationalise our broad concept with its legal expertise, providing excellent value in its services to us. I believe such an excellent service made available to smaller investors is required to ensure a greater vibrancy for the small businesses M&A.”

Client Feedback in the Asialaw Profiles Research Survey
2021
Yuen Law Testimonial

Although having already incorporated a small company, we were seeking advice regarding structural arrangements and certain core contracts and agreements. Having contacted a number of law firms we were, following our discussion with Samuel and his team, impressed with Yuen Law’s knowledge, professionalism, and approach that exhibited a feeling of genuine interest in us. Our impressions were confirmed by a business associate who was an existing client of Yuen Law LLC.

Dermot Keilthy, Godmama Peranakan Restaurant
6 August 2020
Yuen Law Testimonial

Customer-centric and offers very reasonable prices. It was also very helpful and understanding of my needs and queries.

Client in Banking and finance,
Client feedback in the asialaw profiles research survey
2021
Yuen Law Testimonial

Samuel is very well versed in many legal aspects, and his team of well-trained lawyers adequately support our various needs from time to time. Samuel has a vast network across industries, and we could benefit from his deep knowledge.

Client Feedback in the Asialaw Profiles Research Survey
2021
Yuen Law Testimonial

Samuel is very professional and sincere in providing advice to my company. We’ve benefitted a lot and able to focus on our business rather than legal issues. Would definitely recommend Samuel to my business friends if they need advice on legal matters.

Donald Wee, Owner,
Data Terminator
21 August 2019
Yuen Law Testimonial

By offering in-depth legal knowledge, a strong partner participation and excellent strategic advice, Yuen Law establishes close relationships with clients and scores with its broad capacity and sustained quality. Yuen Law provides responsive, business-oriented, swift and clear advice and always able to meet tight deadlines. By setting up a new fintech project it was essential for us to structure the future holding over more than 5 jurisdictions, as well as to complete trademark and other IP registrations. The creative and solution-oriented Samuel Yuen led advice on structuring and various corporate and finance matters.

Kirill Lelchitskiy, LL.M., Chief Legal Officer,
Cashwagon Pte. Ltd
11 November 2018
Yuen Law Testimonial

Needed a firm who could help with legal documentation for our startup accelerator. We therefore needed someone with specific experience in this area, and also needed a firm that could work fast and be flexible on a budget. Specifically, we needed draft event Terms and Conditions and Investment Agreements.The team was responsive and friendly. Typically, documents and advice was turned around quickly, with follow up queries answered promptly. I would recommend your services to others in Singapore in and around the startup industry – both to corporates and startups needing advice.

Jack Fitzgerald, Head of Innovation, Asia,
Lendlease
2018
Yuen Law Testimonial

We needed Corporate legal services. What we liked most about Yuen law is the comprehensive oversight and resolve to my legal needs for setting up Incorporate and Trusts. We would absolutely recommend Yuen Law services. you’re treated with great care and personal attention. Samuel has been extremely helpful and patient.

Ryan Murray
30 October 2018
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