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Overview

Market activity picked up considerably following the 2014 presidential election, most notably within the transactional and finance spaces. The areas of corporate and M&A, projects and shipping have seen a lot of joint venture work, and there is increased interest in the insurance and telecoms markets.

Indonesia continues to be an attractive hub for foreign investment, though the newly introduced regulatory changes have resulted in a more cautious approach from investors. Most notably, the rapid growth of the transactional market has been affected by the mandatory use of the Rupiah in all Indonesian transactions and the ban on the export of unprocessed minerals.

The energy sector has continued to flourish, and despite the notable drop in commodity prices over the past year, the extractive industry still generates a significant proportion of the national revenue. The new government has heavily increased its focus on infrastructure, and the education and healthcare sectors have also been subject to investment.

Major local and foreign firm alliances include Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie, Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy, and Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills, and a number of newly formed ties have been established in the past 12 months. Key local independent firms include Assegaf Hamzah & Partners, Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro and SSEK Legal Consultants.

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