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Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro regularly handles major corporate and M&A transactions, typically on the buyer side. Agus Ahadi Deradjat advised AR Packaging AB on the acquisition of a majority stake in Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika. Luky Walalangi advised Tokyo Tatemono Asia on an investment in an office and apartment tower. He also advised Bank Rakyat Indonesia on the acquisition of a majority stake in BRI Multifinance Indonesia.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners’ broad practice covers a range of different sectors, including energy, natural resources, TMT and retail. Eko Basyuni heads the practice and has significant expertise in TMT matters. Banking and finance expert Ahmad Fikri Assegaf advised Warburg Pincus, who led the single round of fundraising of GO-JEK, and advised Holcim Indonesia on its acquisition of the entire share capital of Lafarge Cement Indonesia and on post-acquisition restructuring. Transactional expert Valerie Ngooi Ming Hui is qualified in Malaysian law. Zacky Husein has a strong track record in TMT transactions. Tunggul Purusa Utomo is also a key figure and provides ‘clear and reliable advice’.


Hutabarat Halim & Rekan

Hutabarat Halim & Rekan (HHR) is one of the leading commercial law firms in Indonesia. The firm was founded by a number of experienced Indonesian commercial, corporate and finance lawyers with skills across a broad range of legal practice areas, in both transactional and litigation actions. HHR has grown into a solid practice of partners, foreign lawyers, associates and professional support staff with a total of almost 50 persons. All are distinguished in their respective areas of specialty and professionalism.

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Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy’s corporate practice has a diverse range of expertise and is ‘arguably one of the best corporate teams in the market’. Harun Reksodiputro advised Raja Kamar International on the issuance of shares to Archipelago Tourism, and acted for Panorama Sentrawisata regarding a joint venture with JTB. Sugianto Osman is known for his ‘creative solutions’ and advised GO-JEK on its series D financing. He also advised GIC on an investment in Trans Retail. Senior associate Dion Alfadya is ‘very responsive’ and, according to one client, ‘should get a partner promotion soon’.

Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie has a strong track record in M&A deals, particularly for financial institutions. Mark Innis advised Mitsubishi Motor on the restructuring of its Indonesian manufacturing and sales corporate structure, and assisted Tencent on its buyout of MNC Media. Mita Djajadiredja acted for KKR and Warburg Pincus on their investment in GO-JEK.

For one client, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills’ ‘country and industry knowledge is without equal’ and it has ‘exceptional commercial and legal awareness and understanding of transactions’. A client says of David Dawborn, who jointly heads the practice, that ‘his legal knowledge and skills are unmatched in Indonesia’. Iril Hiswara, the other co-head, specialises in cross-border transactions. Vik Tang has expertise in complex cross-border transactions; Sakurayuki is also a key figure; and senior associate Cellia Cotan Cognard is on secondment from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and has significant experience in cross-border M&A. Recently, the firm advised Panin on the sale of its majority of Siloam International Hospitals, and acted for General Atlantic on its pre-IPO bond and option investment in Mitra Adiperkasa, the local operator of Starbucks, Krispy Kreme and Pizza Express.

SSEK Legal Consultants is described as the ‘go-to firm for complex transactions’ by one client. Ira Eddymurthy advised Alibaba on its acquisition of Lazada, and assisted Pertamina with its purchase of 21.98% of shares in Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama. Michael Carl is ‘a technically sound lawyer’ with ‘a practical and commercial mindset’, and he advised China Construction Bank on acquiring a 60% interest in Bank Windu.Fahrul Yusuf advised Shinhan Investment Corp on its acquisition of 99% of shares in Makinta Securities, and acted for Credo regarding a property development joint venture in Bali with Country Garden.

Makarim & Taira S. has a diverse corporate practice with experience in mergers, reorganisations and cross-border transactions. Clients of the firm include BP, Pertamina Geothermal Energy, and Mapletree Investments. Practice head Rahayu Ningsih Hoed is experienced in corporate and M&A transactions. Other key team members include Richard Cornwallis, who advised UBM on its acquisition of Allworld Exhibitions and assisted Harris Corporation with its sale of Harris CapRock Communications to SpeedCast; Ben Clanchy, who advised Lotte Chemical Corp on merger control work relating to the purchase of Samsung Fine Chemicals; Teddy Suprijadi, who has particular expertise in foreign investment, joint ventures and corporate restructuring; and Maria Sagrado, who has a strong track record in advising foreign clients on Indonesian transactions. Lia Alizia and Kurniawan Tanzil are also notable names.

Makes & Partners handles general corporate matters and has worked on transactions on both the buy and sell side. The firm advised First REIT on its acquisition of Siloam Hospital Labuan Bajo, and assisted DBS Bank with its acquisition of ANZ’s Indonesian wealth management and retail banking business. Yozua Makes, Fransisca, S.H. and Christine Herrera are key contacts.

Melli Darsa & Co. has a strong track record in M&A deals, particularly in the oil and gas and mining sectors, and its recent integration into the PwC network affords it greater resources and scope of practice. Headed by Melli Darsa, the team handles all aspects of M&A, with a particularly strong skillset in due diligence. Other key figures include Kusumohadiani and Indra Allen.

Soemadipradja & Taher’s corporate practice covers due diligence, structuring and regulatory matters. The firm is known for ‘delivering effective results in good time’. Team head Rahmat Soemadipradja advised Mitsubishi on acquiring a minority shareholding in Nissin Foods Indonesia. Emalia Achmadi is ‘very familiar with cross-border transactions’ and is ‘able to render solid and practical advice’. Ardian Deny Sidharta advised Vale Indonesia on hospital arrangements, a grant agreement and an aeroplane leasing agreement. Mochamad Kasmali is also a key figure.

Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners’ practice is particularly active in the pharmaceutical, food and plantation industries. Al Hakim Hanafiah advised Saratoga Investama Sedaya on the acquisition of two companies in the food industry: Mulia Gunung Mas and Bonecom Industri Pangan. Giovanni Mofsol Muhammad assisted pharmaceutical company Kimia Farma on expanding its business in Saudi Arabia. Danny Bonar Sinaga assisted Lonza with its acquisition of Capsugel. Andre Rahadian assisted Eternity Time Group and ELL Environmental with its investment in Weal Union.

Mochtar Karuwin Komar does general corporate work for clients such as Siemens, Sampoerna and Vale Inco. In the deal space, the firm conducted due diligence for a Japanese multinational company for the acquisition of a Chinese company. Miranti Malikus-Ramadhani and Enny Purnomo Widhya are key contacts.

Oentoeng Suria & Partners’ practice has a heavy focus on private equity-related matters. Atik Susanto jointly heads the practice and recently advised Capital Group Private Markets on an equity capital raise for GO-JEK. He also advised Cougar Drilling Solutions on selling its shares in Cougar Drilling Solutions Indonesia to Uzma and Tabratas Tharom. Ratih (Ipop) Nawangsari is the other co-head and advised Sarana Multi Infrastruktur & PT Taspen on the equity financing of the Waskita Toll Road. She also advised Reliance Capital Management on its acquisition of Wahana Ottomitra Multiartha.

Widyawan & Partners has extensive experience in this space, with clients that include BP, AXA and Twitter. David Holme jointly heads the practice and advised Sun Life Assurance on its acquisition of CIMB Sun Life as well as on the consolidation of its life insurance businesses in Indonesia. He also advised Chubb Insurance and Chubb General Insurance on the increase of its shareholding in Jaya Proteksi Takaful. Practice co-head Yolanda Hutapea has worked on transactions in sectors such as financial services, consumer and retail, energy and TMT.

Christian Teo & Partners’ has particular expertise in restructuring, franchising, joint ventures and general corporate matters. Christian Teo is a key figure.

Hendra Soenardi has significant expertise in this space. The firm recently advised Adaro Indonesia on issuing a minority interest to a subsidiary of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, and assisted Alam Tri Abadi with its acquisition of IndoMet Coal from BHP Billiton.

Hutabarat Halim & Rekan’s practice regularly works with domestic and international clients on complex transactions, and is currently active in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Pheo Hutabarat, Peter Fanning and Nini Halim are key contacts. The firm advised Galanggang Maju Bersama and Mandhala Cipta Purnama on the acquisition of four plantation companies from Provident-Agro, and assisted Timur Persada Sejahtera and Nusantara Energi Kencana with the acquisition of five plantation companies from Triputra. The firm also advised Envictus on entering a global food and beverage franchise with a high-profile US franchisor.

Armand Yapsunto Muharamsyah & Partners’ practice has expertise in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment and corporate restructuring. Richard Yapsunto and Arie Armand are key contacts.

Bagus Enrico & Partners (BE Partners) works for a number of multinational clients and is particularly active in sectors such as insurance, energy and manufacturing. Practice co-head Bagus Nur Buwono recently advised ASTI on its acquisition of a majority of shares in an Indonesian electricity provider. Co-head Enrico Iskandar is also active in share acquisition matters. Debu Batara Lubis advised CMS on a share swap transaction between a nickel smelter company and nickel concession owner.

Budiarto Law Partnership’s practice regularly work on transactions and is presently most active in energy and infrastructure related matters. Widjojo Budiarto is a key figure.

Leks&Co’s practice has a heavy focus on the real estate sector. Name partner Eddy Leks is a key contact.

Roosdiono & Partners’ corporate practice is led by Hanim Hamzah, who has expertise in M&A and general corporate matters.

Simbolon & Partners Law Firm is very active in M&A transactions and has a strong track record in the oil and gas sector. Yudianta Medio Simbolon is a key figure.

TNB & Partners has extensive experience in transactions, particularly in the oil and gas sector. Shamim Razavi and Benny Bernarto are key contacts.

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