Janet Looi Lai Heng To' Puan Janet L.H. Looi
Partner, Corporate Division

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To' Puan Janet L.H. Looi is a Partner in the Corporate Division of Skrine. She has been named as a leading lawyer for her mergers & acquisitions (M & A) work by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific in 2007 to 2017. Janet is also recognised as a leading individual in the Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in the areas of Corporate, Corporate Governance and Banking. In addition, Janet has been named as leading lawyer by Asia Pacific Legal 500 for the years 2010 to 2017 and also by IFLR 1000.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 quoted clients as saying that Janet is “a very, very good corporate lawyer” who is “nice to deal with and does a thorough job”.

Apart from M&A work and advising on compliance, governance and regulatory issues as part of her corporate advisory work, Janet regularly advises Malaysian and multinational corporations on cross-border transactions, joint ventures, government tenders and contracts. She has been responsible for establishment in Malaysia of the businesses of numerous multinational corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company from the start-up stage through to fully operational stage and thereafter continues to advise them on all aspects of their businesses.

In addition to her corporate practice, Janet is Head of Skrine’s Environmental Practice.

Janet holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Monash University (Clayton campus), Australia. She also has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash, through which she acquired knowledge in the areas of accounting and business administration.

On the recommendation of the leadership of Lex Mundi, a leading network of independent law firms in over 160 jurisdictions worldwide, Janet was appointed to the Board of Directors of Lex Mundi and served as a Board member from 2007 to 2011. She also served as Regional Vice Chair for Asia Pacific for the Women And The Law, GOAL Task Force and Diversity Committees of Lex Mundi.



Professional Affiliations

  • Executive Committee Chairman of Skrine (from Sept 2013)
  • Director (2007 – 2011), Board of Directors of Lex Mundi, a leading network of independent law firms in over 160 jurisdictions worldwide
  • Regional Vice Chair for Asia Pacific, Women And The Law and GOAL Task Force Committees, Lex Mundi
  • Regional Vice Chair for Asia Pacific, Diversity Committee, Lex Mundi
  • Chair Emeritus of the Environmental Law Committee of Lex Mundi
  • Past Chair, Program Committee, Lex Mundi
  • Honorary Fellow of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Center For International Studies, Salzburg, Austria
  • Past Chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Inter Pacific Bar Association & the Kuala Lumpur Bar 




  • Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
  • Bachelor of Economics, Monash University, Australia 1983
  • Bachelor of Laws, Monash University, Australia1985



  • Advised a Europe-based leading global specialist provider in electrical and digital infrastructure solutions in its acquisition of a cabling company in Malaysia amounting to a value of approximately RM87 million. The deal represents the strengthening of the company’s market access and presence in Malaysia.
  • Acted as Malaysian Counsel for a subsidiary of an American-based cryogenic storage solutions in its divestment amounting to USD 19 million pursuant to an exercise initiated by its holding company.
  • The deal represents the emergence of Air Water Inc. as a major player in the expansion of liquefied natural gas supply chains across Southeast Asia and North America through the fusion of Air Water’s cryogenic technology with Taylor-Wharton Malaysia’s manufacturing technology along with the integration of the Air Water and Taylor-Wharton Malaysia’s established sales network.
  • Partner in charge of advising a Malaysian Government-Link Investment Body in its acquisition of shares and convertible securities in an operator of a global airtime and money transfer hub network.
  • Advised the Board of a major Islamic Insurance Company on the development of a conversion plan to facilitate the restructuring of its businesses as required by Islamic Financial Services Act 2013.
  • Represented a major pension fund in the submission to the Appeals Committee of Bursa Malaysia on the pension fund’s voting rights on respect of the proposed merger between several major banks in Malaysia.
  • Lead Partner advising a major pension fund in connection with acquisition by a special purpose vehicle with a private equity partner of the businesses of major food franchisors in Malaysia. The deal valued the companies close to RM5.2billion.
  • Lead Partner for major global insurance company in an acquisition of a Malaysian insurance company. SKRINE acted as the Malaysian Counsel in the matter.
  • Lead Partner for a leading global insurance company in its acquisition of three multi-line insurance and financial service companies. The sizeable acquisition represented a milestone in the client’s emerging market strategy.
  • Lead Partner advising an American holding company, with international logistical operations, on its acquisition of a specialized food distribution business in Malaysia. A subsidiary company was used to facilitate the acquisition.
  • Lead Partner for a European bank in setting up a joint venture allowing for a strategic alliance between the client and two Malaysian banks. This allowed the client to enter into the insurance field operating under a licence issued by Bank Negara (Central Bank of Malaysia) in 2010.
  • Lead Partner for one of the largest insurance companies in the world in setting up an insurance joint venture company with a local Malaysian bank. This was one of the four joint ventures to have obtained the family takaful licence from Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank of Malaysia) in 2010.
  • Lead Partner advising The Coca Cola Company in its establishment of a manufacturing plant literally from start to finish. This involved negotiating the termination of a previous business partnership of 73 years, advice and drafting of documentation for the purchase of industrial land, construction, arrangements for local equity participation and drafting and negotiation of the investment documentation.
  • Acted for one of the largest global money transfer companies in the world, in its acquisition of a Malaysian remittance services company with extensive agency networks in South Asia.
  • Advising a leading Japanese corporation on implications of acquisition of a minority stake in a listed company on Bursa Malaysia and related party transactions implications.
  • Lead Partner for an international specialist plastics and packaging company in its acquisition of the entire assets and liabilities of a Malaysian listed company.
  • Advised one of the largest Korean food companies on the establishment in Malaysia of its thiochemicals plant in joint venture with a French chemicals company.
  • Advised a large Russian machinery company on its takeover of a leading air conditioning company listed on Bursa Malaysia.
  • Lead Partner in advising a major German automobile company on the restructuring of their wholesale business in Malaysia and setting up of Malaysian companies for their Malaysian businesses. This involved the establishment of a new company in joint venture with a Malaysian public listed company and drafting and negotiation.
  • Advised a consortium of Korean and local listed company on submission of a bid to the Energy Commission of Malaysia for a greenfield IPP Project in Malaysia.
  • Advised a Malaysian public listed company on a potential concession with the Government of Cambodia on establishment of a solid waste treatment plant.
  • Advised on the RM3.2 Billion rationalisation/merger exercise undertaken by two Malaysian public listed companies involving inter alia, the acquisition and disposal of companies within their group.
  • Advised a major foreign multinational company on its joint venture with a Malaysian public listed company for the double tracking rail project including advising on the agreements with KTM Berhad for the project.
  • Advised a UK company on the sale of specialist defence equipment to the Ministry of Defence of Malaysia.
  • Lead partner for the banks in connection with the debt restructuring for some diverse industrial companies which formed part of a group wide debt restructuring scheme of the international parent company.


IFLR 1000 2019 Rankings


IFLR 1000 2019 has ranked Skrine as a Tier 1 firm in four practice areas. In addition, eight of our lawyers were listed among the leading lawyers.


Asialaw Profiles 2019 Rankings


Asialaw Profiles 2019 has ranked Skrine as an ‘Outstanding’ firm in seven industry and practice areas. In addition, 10 of our lawyers were listed among the leading lawyers.


Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018


We are pleased to announce that our firm is recognised as a Top Tier Firm in the inaugural Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018. Some of our partners were also listed in the rankings.



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