LIM, Francisco Ed.

Part Time

Francis Lim is a Senior Partner and a member of the Executive and Special Committees of the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW). 
Lim is the former president of the Philippine Stock Exchange and the incumbent president of the Shareholders’ Association of the Philippines (SharePHIL).  He is also the Chairman, National Competitiveness Committee of the Management Association of the Philippines, Chairman, Judicial System Working Group of the National Competitiveness Council, and a trustee of the CIBI Foundation, Inc., FINEX Research & Development Foundation, Inc. and the Judicial Reform Initiative, Inc., and a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Lim is a columnist of The Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
Lim is a law professor in the Ateneo de Manila University, the San Beda Graduate School of Law and a professorial lecturer and the Vice-Chair of the Commercial Law Department of the Philippine Judicial Academy.
Lim is a director of several public companies, among which are the Energy Development Corporation, The Insular Life Assurance Co., Ltd., Producers Savings Bank Corporation and Tower Development Bank, Inc.
Lim was closely involved in the enactment several Philippine laws such as the Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act (FRIA),  Credit Investment System Act (CISA), Real Estate Investment Trust Act (REITA), Personal Equity Retirement Account Act (PERAA), and the Philippine Competition Act.
He  was also involved in the formulation of several Philippine procedural rules such as the Interim Rules on Intra-Corporate Controversies, Rules on Electronic Evidence, Rules on Notarial Practice, Rules on DNA Evidence, Financial Rehabilitation Rules of Procedure, and the Financial Liquidation and Suspension of Payments Rules of Procedure.
Lim is a member of both the Philippine Bar and the New York State Bar.


Areas of Specialization: 
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Corporate Rehabilitation
  • Capital Markets & Securities
  • Commercial Law
  • Debtor & Creditor
  • Finance
  • Government & Legislative Advocacy
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities Law
  • White Collar Crime

Professional Association & Recognition: 
  • Director, Energy Development Corporation
  • Director, Producers Savings Bank Corporation
  • Director, The Insular Life Assurance Co., Ltd.
  • President, Shareholders’ Association of the Philippines
  • Member, Financial Executives of the Philippines
  • Member, Management Association of the Philippines
  • Member, Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA) – Philippines
  • Chairman, Judiciary Working Group of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC)
  • Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • Member, New York State Bar
  • Distinguished as Punong Gabay from the Philippine Council of Deans and Educators (PCDEB)
  • Acknowledged by the Capital Market Institute of the Philippines for his role in promoting awareness and knowledge of the capital market and its role in the development of the national economy and from the Institute of Corporate Directors for his role in promoting corporate governance in the country
  • Recognized as Professorial Chair in Commercial Law by the Philippine Supreme Court, Philippine Judicial Academy and the Metrobank Foundation, Inc.   
  • Cited Mr. Lim as a "Leading Lawyer" in the Practice Area of Corporate M&A by Legal 500 Asia Pacific in 2015 
  • Recommended in the Editorial in the Practice Areas of Capital Markets, Real Estate & Construction and Corporate M&A
  • Identified as one of the most highly acclaimed legal experts in the fields of Capital Markets and Dispute Resolution by Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2015

Courses Taught: 
  • Securities Regulation
  • International Business Transactions
  • Arbitration
  • Evidence
  • Partnership

Master of Laws, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Bachelor of Laws, Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, Second Honors; Bachelor of Philosophy, University of Santo Tomas, Magna Cum Laude; Bachelor of Arts, University of Santo Tomas, Cum Laude.