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It has been a mixed picture for Indonesia during 2013. The jurisdiction has witnessed a period of relatively strong economic growth, political stability, rising domestic consumption and improved credit ratings, with its rich natural resources and growing consumer population making it an attractive foreign investment target.
However, growth has been slowing, with the Indonesian rupiah taking a slide and a slowdown in China and Europe hitting exports. With the 2014 elections looming, the government has focused on policies aimed at controlling foreign investment in certain sectors such as mining and banking, and the failed takeover of Danamon by Singapore-based DBS has been portrayed as a direct result of this protectionist approach. Inconsistent regulatory changes and continued concern over corruption are fuelling uncertainty among investors and having a knock-on effect by delaying badly needed infrastructure development.
Alliances continue to be a popular measure for international firms seeking to access the market including, more recently, firms based elsewhere in Asia. White & Case Pte. Ltd. has established a local association with MD & Partners, which was set up by former Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie lawyer Mita Djajadiredja and has among its ranks Nadia Soraya, who joined from Makarim & Taira S.. DLA Piper has partnered with Ivan Almaida Baely & Firmansyah and Singaporean firm Rajah & Tann LLP set up an alliance with Assegaf Hamzah & Partners.
Clients are benefiting from increased competition amongst domestic law firms as the trend for partner moves continues. There is now a wider pool of key players, with well-established firms such as Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie and Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro competing alongside growing players such as Assegaf Hamzah & Partners and Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy.
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Negative Investment List
The Government has issued Presidential Regulation No. 39 of 2014 (PR 39/2014), which sets out the new negative investment list containing the business sectors that are closed or are partially open to foreign and domestic investment. The new negative investment list will replace the previous list under PR 36/2010, with a view of integrating Indonesia's economy to ASEAN, as well as accelerating development in the regions.
Article 35 of Law No. 2 of 2008, as amended by No. 2 of 2011, on Political Parties ("Political Party Law") provides for contributions to political parties, Articles 94 to 96 of Law No. 42 of 2008 on Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections ("Presidential Elections Law") provides for contributions to political campaigns, and Law No. 8 of 2012 on the Election of the House of Representatives, the Regional Representative Council and Regional House of Representatives (the "Legislative Elections Law") provides for contributions to House of Representatives campaigns.
PT Bursa Efek Indonesia has issued Decision of the Board of Directors of the Indonesia Stock Exchange No. Kep-00001/BEI/01-2014 on an amendment of Rule I-A (" Rule "), on 20 January 2014, coming into force on 30 January 2014, except as discussed below. The Rule sets out the IPO and subsequent share offerings requirements and procedures and listing fees. Notably the revised Rule sets out a free float policy and limits independent directors and commissioners to 2 successive terms.
Indonesia's Government Regulation No. 1 of 2014 (" GR 1/2014 ") and Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Regulation No. 1 of 2014 (" ESDM 1/2014 "), enacted on 11 January 2014, implement the ban on raw mineral exports legislated under Law No. 4 of 2009 on Mineral and Coal Mining (" Mining Law "). The two regulations are currently in force. However, the restriction is not in full effect as ESDM exempts 5 minerals from a higher standard of refinement for a period of three years, on the condition that the exporter owns sufficient reserves for eventual smelting and has a credible plan to construct a smelter or jointly process the ores.
The Minister of Finance has issued Regulation No. 6/PMK.011/2014, which imposes tax on the export of five mineral concentrates: copper, zinc, manganese, iron and lead. This tax reflects the Government's policy to discourage sales of impure minerals, as an implementation of Law No. 4 of 2009 on Mineral and Coal Mining, which requires processing and purification of minerals.
The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has published the 2013 Public Private Partnership (PPP) book on 15 November 2013 (" PPP Book "). The PPP Book contains a list of 27 PPP projects currently being offered by the Indonesian government. The projects constitute a shorter, more focused, list compared with prior years, placing emphasis on high priority projects and focusing on ensuring successful implementation. However, the 27 projects do span a wide range in terms of size, location, and stage of completeness.
Head of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board ("BKPM") Regulation No. 12 of 2013 ("BKPM 12/2013") on the Amendment of Regulation No. 5 of 2013 ("BKPM 5/2013") on the Guide and Procedure of Investment Licenses and Non-Licenses has been issued on 11 September 2013, and came into force on 18 September, just over 5 months after BKPM 5/2013, issued on 8 April 2013, which is revises in order to tone down some of the more onerous provisions of the investment licensing regime. Most notably it retreats from the earlier infringement on the Capital Market regulatory regime by removing Article 49, which classified listed companies controlled by foreign shareholders as foreign direct investment companies (PMA), with the resulting application of a range of investment and operating restrictions.
The District Court of West Jakarta rendered decision No. 451/Pdt.G/2012/ PN.Jkt.Bar. on 10 July 2013. The Court ruled that a loan agreement between an Indonesian limited liability corporation (PT) and a Texas-based lender was void on the grounds of illegal cause. The court reasoned that the loan agreement was drafted in the English language, thereby violating Article 31 of Law No. 24 of 2009 (Law 24), which mandates all contracts and MOUs involving an Indonesian national or entity to be written in Indonesian. As a consequence, the agreement was set aside, deemed to have never existed, and the Court ordered the parties to reinstate each other.
Shortly after the signing of a USD 2.5 billion investment loan agreement, KGHM Polska Miedź announces the completion of another major financing project.
IKB Leasing GmbH (IKBL) has securitized a portfolio of lease receivables via German Mittelstand Equipment Financing SA (GMEF). The European Investment Bank (EIB) was one of the investors in the senior Class A Notes issued by GMEF.
Schoenherr, a leading law firm in Central and Eastern Europe, advised Laakman Holding Limited on the increase of their participation in the listed fund company C-QUADRAT Investment AG from 9.4 % to 18.4 %. read more...
Zavadetskyi Advocates advised a US private equity fund regarding USD 110 million divestiture from Ukrainian commercial real estate project.
Vienna, 28 July 2014. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG on acquiring Immobilien Holding GmbH, which until now was wholly owned by Immobilien Privatstiftung.
AstapovLawyers International Law Group has provided corporate tax consulting and legal advisory to the joint stock oil company Bashneft, one of the Russia's largest integrated oil companies, due to its contemplated expansion into new market in the Southeast Europe.
On 6 June 2014, draft primary legislation to provide the Jersey Financial Services Commission with the power to impose civil financial penalties for material contraventions of the Codes of Practice and the AML/CFT Handbook was published.- Ogier
On 24 July 2014, Wild Bunch S.A. and the listed Senator AG announced their intention to merge into a European independent film distribution company. Wild Bunch is an important player in the field of international film sales and electronic distribution with a Europe-wide network in France, Italy, Germany and Spain. Senator AG is a German film productions and distribution company producing and distributing German and international movies since the 1970s.
Hengeler Mueller has successfully reached a temporary suspension of the prohibition order of the city of Hamburg against Uber, a provider for a smartphone-app for on-demand transportation services. Uber may thus continue providing its services in Hamburg until further notice.