IP for FinTech Sector

Fully digital
15 September 2021, Wednesday
2:30pm – 4:00pm (SGT)

Singapore’s Financial Technology (FinTech) has undoubtedly grown rapidly with the government’s comprehensive and well-funded plan to achieve its vision of transforming Singapore into a Smart Financial Centre. Last year, the FinTech sector raised a record of $1.4 billion in equity funding, the highest annual amount ever despite the challenges brought about by COVID-19. The high investment was likely derived from the expectation of future value of the innovative products and services. How can a FinTech company unlock this future value? What are the valuable intangible assets (IA) and intellectual property (IP) that you may own? How should you protect and leverage these assets for business growth? Join this webinar to learn more.


Organised by
Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Co-organised by
Singapore FinTech Association

Panellist Information


Mr Matthew Lovatt

SFA Exco and Tax Director, Deloitte Singapore

Mr Ye Thu Aung

Intellectual Property Strategist, IP Strategy Solutions, IPOS International

Ye Thu Aung is an IP Strategist at IPOS International, part of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). In line with the Singapore Intellectual Property Strategy 2030, IPOS International helps companies realise tangible value from their intangible assets (IA) for growth.

Mr Aung specialises in advising enterprises, start-ups, and investors, drawing on his experience in IA audits, strategy development, patent landscapes, and due diligence activities to achieve business outcomes. He has worked with companies spanning diverse technology domains, including clean energy, information and communication technologies, robotics, digitalisation, automation, AgriTech, and FinTech.

At the national level, Mr Aung also supports Singapore government agencies on IP management and policy matters in line with the National IP Protocol, providing a streamlined approach for IP creation, ownership, protection, and commercialisation. Mr Aung has been actively involved in developing the Singapore IP Strategy 2030. He played an integral role in crafting how companies can identify and communicate IA information under the Intangible Disclosure Evaluation and Audit Scheme (IDEAS) spearheaded by IPOS and the Singapore Exchange.

Prior to joining IPOS International, Mr Aung was an IP professional at Panasonic (Singapore), where he led a team of IP Analysts to deliver high quality patent search and intelligence services to its business divisions in Japan. He was also involved in formulating research methodologies to chart strategic planning for operations structured around IP know-how and expertise.

Mr Aung is a Registered Management Consultant (RMC) with the Institute of Management Consultants. He holds a Master’s in Power Engineering from Nanyang Technological University and a Specialist Certificate in Intangible Asset Management.


Ms Srividya Gopal, CVA, MRICS, CEIV

Managing Director, Valuation Advisory and APAC Management Committee Chair, Duff & Phelps

Srividya Gopal is a managing director and Southeast Asia Leader in the Valuation Advisory Services practice, based in the Singapore office. In 2012, she established American Appraisal’s operations in Singapore; American Appraisal later got acquired by Duff & Phelps, the largest global independent valuation advisory firm.

Srividya has 23 years of experience in valuations, transactions and management consulting. She has advised numerous companies on valuations for the purposes of financial reporting, transaction, restructuring, taxation, disputes resolution and financing. She has advised several global and Asian clients across a variety of sectors, including technology, life sciences, manufacturing, consumer products, and energy and resources.

Earlier in her career, Srividya was Partner and Practice Leader – Valuations at Grant Thornton India, and prior to that, she worked with Baring Communications Equity Asia (BCEA), a PE fund in Singapore part of the ING-Barings group, and with A.F. Ferguson & Co (part of Deloitte).

Srividya has published various articles on valuation, PE/VC and M&A, and has been interviewed by several television channels, newspapers and magazines. She is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars.

She is a member of the Institute of Valuers & Appraisers of Singapore (IVAS) Council and the IVAS Professional Development Committee. She chairs the institute’s Advocacy and Engagement Committee. She is a former member of the global regulatory board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). She is also an empaneled valuer with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore for its IP Financing Scheme.

Srividya is a registered Chartered Valuer & Appraiser (CVA) with IVAS and a member of the RICS (MRICS). She has successfully completed the Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuations (CEIV) training and examination. She also has a postgraduate diploma in management (equivalent to an MBA) and a bachelor’s degree in commerce. She is a graduate of the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India.


Mr Zack Yang

Co-Founder, FOMO Pay

Listed under Forbes Asia U30, Singapore FinTech Leader, Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni, Council Member of Forbes Finance Council, and Global Innovator of World Economic Forum, Zack is the Co-Founder of Singapore-based FinTech startup. Sitting in Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) SGQR Taskforce, Zack and his team are committed to the development of mobile payment and improving the operational efficiency of society to promote the cashless society and financial inclusion.

Founded in 2015, FOMO Pay – a Singapore-based digital payment processing platform and digital banking solution provider, enables digital transformation for banks, telecoms & brands in emerging markets like Southeast Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. FOMO Pay’s partners includes mVISA, WeChat, Grab, NETS, ICBC, OCBC, Citibank, SingTel, etc. FOMO Pay has been awarded as the winner of MAS FinTech Awards 2017, the Best FinTech Startup at Seamless Asia 2017 (Cards & Payment), the judge’s award of NTT DATA Open Innovation Contest Global (2018), CITI Bank the most Scalable Solution Award & People’ Choices Award (2019). FOMO Pay is recognized by industry leaders and selected to be Accelerator Cohort of DBS (2016 Batch), Oracle (2017 Batch) and Unilever (2017 Batch).

Zack is also a thought leader actively sharing his expertise on the trend and challenges of mobile payment. He is an active speaker to promote cashless payment invited by Google, Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Credit Suisse, DBS, Ernst & Yong, Oracle, Money2020, Visa, BBVA, INSEAD, etc. His sharing was also featured by Forbes, South China Morning Post, Channel News Asia, TechInAsia, Yahoo Finance, Business Times, etc.

Despite his hectic schedule, Zack is also the founder of Singapore Startup Space, a Southeast Asia Chinese entrepreneur club, with more than 200 startup members, being the bridge between China & Southeast Asia in entrepreneur space.

Graduated in Information Engineering & Media from Nanyang Technological University, Zack is also an alumnus in Global Management from INSEAD Business School, and Stanford Executive Program from Stanford University. When not at work, Zack is also a handstand enthusiast and a scuba diving pro.