Darshita Thurairajah



Darshita Thurairajah is an Associate in Selvam LLC in the Corporate Group, including FinTech and Technology, Media and Telecom practices.

Darshita has advised venture-tech companies, payment-processing companies, blockchain trade-financing companies in commercial, licensing, and cross-border merger and acquisition deals. She has also assisted several FinTech companies in a spectrum of financial services regulatory and compliance matters.

Darshita has extensive experience in the payments and e-commerce industry. While earning her Juris Doctor from Singapore Management University, she wrote a Directed Research Paper on liability, cyber-security and risk allocation for card-not-present transactions. Her academic research involved collaborating with commercial banks and financial institutions to gain know-how of financial software and security systems. She also presented her research at a Masters Class in Singapore Management University.

She was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2017.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • FinTech
  • Financial Services Regulatory


  • Singapore


  • Singapore Management University, J.D., 2016
  • National University of Singapore, B.A., 2013


  • Selvam LLC
    - Associate, May 2019 – present

  • WongPartnership LLP
    - Associate, December 2018 – April 2019

  • Tito Isaac & Co LLP
    - Associate, January 2017 – November 2018

Honors & Awards

  • Singapore Management University J.D. Scholarship, 2013
  • NUS Team Player of the Year (Netball), 2012

Representative Matters

  • Advised a venture-tech company on a S$60 million cross-border acquisition of an American payment company with its subsidiaries in US, Canada and UK.
  • Acted for a payment-processing company on merchant acquisition partnership with a merchant aggregator company.
  • Advised a company on its software licensing and technology partnership with a ride-hailing technology company.
  • Advised a listed food and beverage company in establishing a joint venture with a Taiwanese food and beverage company with franchising arrangements in Singapore and China.
  • Assisted and advised a payment company on securing a licensing exemption for its cross-border remittance business.
  • Assisted a Swiss headquartered private bank with its subsidiary’s application for a capital markets services licence issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
  • Acted for a payment-processing company on its software licensing with eNETS.
  • Advised a medical technology company on its licensing and manufacturing arrangements with a distributor in Australia.
  • Advised a Brazilian bank on its corporate re-organisation and change of control application.
  • Assisted and advised an equity and lending-based crowdfunding company on its regulatory matters relating to operating an organised market.
  • Advised a listed food and beverage company in establishing a joint venture with a Singapore food and beverage company with franchising arrangements in China and Thailand.

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