Legal And IPR Committee Co-Chair
Managing Director & Founder Consilium Law Corporation, Singapore
Franca’s subject areas of legal expertise are in technology law, Fintech (blockchain/ICO’s), contracts law, corporate and commercial law, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international trade and foreign investment law, with a focus on Singapore, ASEAN and West Africa. Franca is accredited as a mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre and with the ADR Group in London, UK, and acts as a mediator in various areas. Having an undergraduate commerce degree and a certificate in business (from the US and Canada), she also serves as an advisor to multinational and blockchain businesses, and as a director on several boards of corporations and non-profit organizations. She has authored numerous legal and business publications, including a book entitled “Investments in South-east Asia: Policies and Laws”, as well as the Singapore chapter in “Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Regulation 2019”. She contributes regularly to various chambers of commerce publications and websites, and guest lectures to MBA and law students.
Franca has acted as the Vice President of the Canada ASEAN Business Council for four years and was one of its founders. She sits on the Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, is a Vice President of the Malaysia Canada Business Council, and a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, Singapore FinTech Association, Cryptofriends, the Nigeria-Canada Business Association (Lagos Branch) and the American Club of Singapore. As a mentor to young professional women, she is active in New York-based “Women on the Block” (technology business network). In January 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Sovereign Medal by Canada’s Governor General for her volunteerism and leadership.
Franca is married to Chizoba Nnamchi and they have three adult sons. She is an avid runner and boxer, and writes restaurant reviews in her spare time.