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Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro has been involved in several high-value acquisitions and strategic investment transactions in Indonesia’s nascent medical care and e-commerce sectors, and has also carried out similar work for real estate clients. Emir Nurmansyah, Luky Walalangi and foreign counsel Oene Marseille are recommended.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is regularly instructed by Japanese, Chinese and South Korean corporates seeking to invest in Indonesia, and has considerable experience acting specifically for private equity investors. In addition, the team has advised a number of regional corporates looking for acquisition opportunities in Indonesia’s mining, technology and finance sectors. Eko Basyuni and Ahmad Fikri Assegaf are key contacts.

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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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The sizeable team at Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie provides specialised and ‘comprehensive’ advice and ‘fast turnaround times’. Erwandi Hendarta, who ‘has outstanding market knowledge’, acted for Bank Rakyat Indonesia in its first acquisition to expand its financial services business. Mark Innis leads the practice, which includes Mita Djajadiredja. Rambun Tjajo left the firm and is now involved in government affairs.

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills has a particularly strong corporate and M&A department; Iril Hiswara, David Dawborn and Vik Tang ‘understand the regulatory and legal framework of Indonesia very well’. The team has acted for CVC Capital Partners in several matters, most recently advising on the group’s substantial investment in Softex Indonesia.

SSEK Legal Consultants’ department has built a reputation acting for blue-chip clients with an interest in entering the Indonesian market. Ira Eddymurthy advised GlaxoSmithKline on the restructuring and acquisition of Sterling Products Indonesia. Michael Twomey and Jonathan Streifer have considerable experience in the natural resources sector.

The ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy specialises in cross-border transactions and has particular experience advising on matters relating to private equity funds. Harun Reksodiputro and Sugianto Osman jointly head the practice, which acted for Carlyle Group in relation to its $8bn acquisition of Veritas – one of the largest US technology leveraged buyouts in the past year.

Led by Teddy Suprijadi, the team at Makarim & Taira S. has been involved in M&A deals across a range of sectors, including insurance and communications. Ben Clanchy acted for Dimension Data in relation to its acquisition of the communications division of Jebsen & Jessen; a significant transaction given the upsurge of IT consolidation throughout South-East Asia.

Yozua Makes and Fransisca at Makes & Partners have been instructed in several high profile acquisitions by both Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust and First Real Estate Investment Trust. Recently, the team has been active in a number of acquisitions, including cross-border transactions, and has handled related matters such as due diligence and regulatory compliance.

Kusumohadiani and Indra Allen specialise in M&A at Melli Darsa & Co., acting especially for clients in the oil and gas and mining sectors. In 2015, the corporate team assisted Bosowa Corporindo with its acquisition of a majority interest in Bank Bukopin. Name partner Melli Darsa heads the department.

Led by Rahmat Soemadipradja, the lawyers at Soemadipradja & Taher have handled all aspects of M&A transactions for public and private entities. The team also advises international corporates looking to establish companies in Indonesia.

Giovanni Mofsol Muhammad and Constant M. Ponggawa jointly lead the group at Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners, which splits its workload evenly between domestic and international clients. The corporate team assisted an Indonesian instant cement producer, Iroda Mitra, with a disposal of shares to a major France-based cement company. Al Hakim Hanafiah is another key contact.

Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance is ‘among the best available in the Indonesian market in terms of speed and substance’. With sector expertise in consumer goods, financial services, energy and resources, TMT and private equity, the firm acts primarily for international clients. Linda Widyati and senior foreign counsel Jeroen Koster jointly lead the practice.

Mochtar Karuwin Komar has advised private and state-owned entities in M&A transactions and also acted for clients such as Merrill Lynch and Philip Morris in a range of general corporate matters. Emir Kusumaatmadja, Enny Purnomo Widhya and Miranti Malikus-Ramadhani are recommended.

The corporate department at Oentoeng Suria & Partners has ‘exposure to various industries and understands the success factors in those sectors’, which range from hospitality to energy. Atik Susanto and Ratih (Ipop) Nawangsari jointly head the group. Noor Meurling and Toby Grainger left the firm for Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee and Olswang Asia respectively.

David Holme and Yolanda Hutapea jointly lead the group at Widyawan & Partners, which advises heavyweight domestic and international clients including Pertamina (Persero), BP and Standard Chartered Private Equity. The practice was strengthened by the addition of counsel Perdana Saputro, formerly at Melli Darsa & Co..

Christian Teo is the key partner in Christian Teo & Partners’ corporate practice. The team acts for domestic corporates and for international clients seeking entrance into the Indonesian market. YUM! and Michelin Indonesia are among the firm’s clients.

A key partner in Hendra Soenardi’s corporate practice, Soenardi Pardi advised Sumitomo Corporation – controlling shareholder of two of Indonesia’s largest finance companies – on a shareholder agreement with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Sinar Mas Multiartha.

Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo’s team has a deep bench, with specialists dedicated to general corporate matters and M&A. Arief Tarunakarya Surowidjojo and Abdul Haris Muhammad Rum are key contacts.

Richard Yapsunto is a key partner in Armand Yapsunto Muharamsyah & Partners’ practice. Along with Arie Armand, Yapsunto specialises in general corporate work and foreign investment.

The corporate group at Bagus Enrico & Partners (BE Partners) is the firm’s largest practice. Jointly led by Bagus Nur Buwono and Enrico Iskandar, the team has assisted with several share acquisition transactions for companies with interests in the insurance, power and finance sectors.

The team at Budiarto Law Partnership has recently been involved in a number of acquisitions and shares disposals, acting primarily for domestic Indonesian clients, but also for regional investors. A team led by Widjojo Budiarto advised shipping company PT Sillo Maritime Perdana on its proposed acquisition of 90,500 shares in oil and gas shipping services company PT Suasa Benua Sukses.

The lawyers at Budidjaja & Associates have been involved in a variety of sale transactions and acquisitions for such clients as Ashland Inc. and DeClout. Juni Dani is a key contact for M&A and general corporate work.

Hutabarat Halim & Rekan has advised domestic and multinational corporates. Rosna Chung and Nini Halim are recommended.

Leks&Co advises clients on range of corporate matters, especially where there are real estate aspects. Managing partner Eddy Leks is assisting an Indonesian corporate with a number of agreements regarding a joint venture. Ivor Pasaribu is another key contact.

The corporate group at Roosdiono & Partners is led by the ‘well-rounded’ Hanim Hamzah and is the firm’s largest department. It has advised companies from start-up stage to buy-outs, and is currently acting for United Malacca Berhad as purchaser in a share transaction with Lincoln Wilshire Investments.

Simbolon & Partners Law Firm has recently advised on the establishment of offshore Indonesian subsidiaries for clients such as Cetco Oil & Gas Malaysia. In addition, the practice has been involved in several M&A transactions for clients in the oil and gas sector. Yudianta Medio Simbolon is the primary contact.

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