Francine Ariel Paul Senior Associate

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Francine graduated from the University of Manchester with LL.B (Hons) in 2015. She then completed the Bar Professional Training Course in the United Kingdom and trained as a Barrister-at-Law in Lincoln’s Inn, before being admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Malaysian Bar in 2017. Francine is now a senior associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Advisory and Transactions practice.



  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (2017)
  • Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn) (2016)
  • LL.B (Hons), University of Manchester, UK (2015)

  • Advised a Singaporean company on the applicable foreign equity restrictions and possible corporate structures for investment in the Malaysian petroleum industry. 

  • Advised a Singaporean oil and gas company on the sub-contracting of petroleum upstream activities under Malaysian law.

  • Advised foreign companies on the applicable licensing regime and foreign equity restrictions in respect of the distribution and retail business in Malaysia. 

  • Advised a global pharmaceutical company on the possible options for operating a pharmaceutical distribution business in Malaysia.

  • Advised a global pharmaceutical company on the amendments required to be made to an existing agreement to accommodate the proposed distribution of products through named patient programmes in Malaysia. 

Merger and Acquisitions
Note: This list includes engagements completed prior to joining Skrine.
  • Advised and assisted a major Japanese oil and gas company on its proposed joint venture with a Malaysian company for the manufacture and distribution of a specialised petrochemical product in the Malaysian market. 

  • Advised and assisted a government-linked private equity fund management company on the proposed acquisition of a 75% equity stake in a leading distributor of pharmaceutical and healthcare supplement products in Malaysia.

  • Advised and assisted a private education group on its proposed acquisition of a major pre-tertiary education business.

  • Advised and assisted a Singaporean private equity firm on its proposed investment in a major book retail business in Malaysia. 

  • Assisted and advised a large Japanese conglomerate on its proposed subscription in a leading Malaysian telecommunications group.

  • Advised and assisted a leading distribution and marketing services provider in its proposed acquisition of a 100% stake in a distributer of ophthalmology medical devices in Malaysia.

  • Advised and assisted a Dutch company on its proposed acquisition of a Malaysian food and pharmaceuticals business.

  • Advised and assisted a private equity firm on its proposed capital injection in a Malaysian joint venture vehicle used to facilitate investment in the Philippine retail business. 

  • Advised and assisted on the proposed reorganisation of a government-linked conglomerate involved in the sectors of agriculture, healthcare, food & beverage and real property.

  • Co-Author – Malaysian Chapter, Lex Mundi Global Climate Change Guide (2021)
  • Co-Author – Malaysian Chapter, CCLI and CGI Primer on Climate Change: Directors’ Duties and Disclosure Obligations (June 2021)