Datuk Francis Tan

Datuk Francis Tan PMW, formerly Managing Partner of Azman Davidson & Co, has been a full-time consultant since 2009. He has over 30 years of experience working with the government and the private sector. From 1972 to 1976, he served as an Assistant Registrar of Companies in what was known then as the Ministry of Trade and Industry. After leaving government service, he served as the Group Company Secretary of a large group of companies from 1977 to 1985. In 1985, he joined Azman Davidson & Co where he subsequently became Managing Partner. He has also been a commissioner with the Securities Commission since 1999.

Career Highlights

  • Building and developing a generally successful law firm
  • Maintaining professional integrity
  • Good and helpful employer – assisted clerical staff to qualify as lawyers.
  • Recognised by authorities to serve Malaysia’s public bodies
  • Achieved acceptable and recognised succession planning


With more than 30 years at the Malaysian Bar, some of Datuk Francis’ experience is showcased below:

  • Advised on many commercial joint venture projects and corporate restructuring
  • Advised on securities law
  • Advised on tax impacts on corporate proposals
  • Appears regularly before the Special Commissioners of Income Tax and the Courts on revenue law matters


  • Associate of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators

Contact Details

  • +603 2164 0200
    ext no. 131
  • francis.tan@azmandavidson.com.my

Areas of Practice

  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Real Estate and Property
  • Employment
  • Tax


  • LLB (London) (1982)
  • Certificate in Legal Practice (1984)
  • Advocates & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (1986)
  • Advocates & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Brunei (1999)
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (2000)