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Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro is well known for its work in project finance. Emir Nurmansyah advised the International Finance Corporation on the financing of an ammonia plant in Sulawesi. He also assisted JBIC and other lenders with financing to Cirebon Energi Prasarana for the construction of a coal-fired steam power plant in West Java.

Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie works on many complex transactions in this space. Luke Devine advised Redaya Energi on the 60MW Tolo Wind Farm project in South Sulawesi. He also acted for Supreme Energy Muara Laboh regarding a geothermal power project in West Sumatra, and assisted a consortium with the development and financing of a run-of-river hydropower project in North Sumatera. Muhammad Karnova is well known for his work in the mining sector. Kirana Sastrawijaya has experience in renewable energy, power and transportation projects.

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills has a strong track record in this space and has ‘excellent local practical and legal knowledge’. Practice head Mira Fadhya has ‘a solid grasp of practice and practicalities’ and provides ‘valued advice and support’. David Dawborn has ‘extensive knowledge and experience in Indonesia’ and ‘a very practical and commercial approach’. He assisted Chevron with the disposal of its ownership of CGI and CGS to Star Energy. Dhani Maulana Pattinggi is ‘knowledgeable’, ‘practical’ and ‘responsive’, and advised BHP Billiton on the sale of a 75% stake in the IndoMet Coal Project to Adaro Energy. He also advised AC Energy on acquiring an interest in UPC Sidrap, which holds the rights to construct a wind power plant facility. Senior associate Matthew Goerke is regularly involved in energy and infrastructure related transactions.

Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy is a firm with ‘excellent industry knowledge and experience’ in the energy sector. Daniel Ginting advised Japan Bank for International Cooperation on the project financing of an LNG project. He also advised the Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund on the Umbulan PPP water processing facility in East Java, and assisted KS Orka Renewables with the acquisition of OTP Geothermal, which is developing a geothermal project in North Sumatra. Michael Tardif, who was recently made partner, is ‘knowledgeable about the Indonesia market’ and has ‘a calm and gentle manner’. Senior associate Frédéric Draps specialises in project finance and is ‘very knowledgeable about renewable projects’ and ‘very responsive with good attention to detail’.

Makarim & Taira S. is very active in power projects, and practice co-head Rahayu Ningsih Hoed assisted Bhumi Jati Power with the development of the Tanjung Jati 5 & 6 (Jawa-4) expansion. He also acted for Cirebon Energi Prasarana in the development of the Cirebon expansion (Jawa-1) x 1,000MW coal-fired steam power plant. Co-head Vincent Ariesta Lie assisted China Shenhua Energy with the development of the Sumsel-1 mine mouth coal-fired steam power plant. Ben Clanchy was instructed by Pertamina and PGE Geothermal Energy on transactional and advisory issues. Yohanes Masengi also has significant experience in power projects and M&A. Maria Sagrado is renowned for her work on power projects, particularly with Chinese clients.

Widyawan & Partners works heavily in this sector and is particularly strong in oil and gas matters. The firm acted as local counsel on China Development Bank’s project development and financing of a coal-fired power plant. The firm also advised a Pertamina and Marubeni consortium on a gas-fired combined-cycle power project in West Java. Widyawan and David Holme are key contacts.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has a strong track record in high-profile infrastructure and energy projects. Practice head Kanya Satwika was recently involved in two major hydroelectric power projects, one where she represented Korea Export-Import Bank, and another representing several Asian banks. She also acted for a consortium in the acquisition of Chevron’s geothermal business in Indonesia and the Philippines. Ahmad Fikri Assegaf worked with MRT Jakarta on the development of the Jakarta underground railway system. Ibrahim Assegaf represented Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia in the Palapa Ring project, which involves a nationwide fibre optic cable network.

Mochtar Karuwin Komar has worked on a number of high-profile energy projects and recently the firm assisted a Canadian mining company on a contract of work renegotiation. The firm also acted for a European energy company regarding waste-to-energy projects, advised BPI on the construction of a coal-fired power plant in Central Java, and conducted due diligence for a Japanese corporation on a share transfer for the acquisition of a gas-fired power plant. Emir Kusumaatmadja is a key figure.

Oentoeng Suria & Partners has a range of capabilities in this sector, with a significant emphasis in cross-border matters. Ratih (Ipop) Nawangsari, who jointly heads the practice, assisted Sarana Multi Infrastruktur and Taspen with the equity financing of the Waskita Toll Road. She also advised DBS Bank regarding project financing facilities for an alumina smelter facility, and assisted PLN with procurement matters in relation to the development of a number of power generation projects. Co-head Atik Susanto has a strong skillset in project finance.

SSEK Legal Consultants is ‘professional and prompt in its advice and assistance’ and regularly works for multinational clients on Indonesia-based projects. Michael Twomey advised Saudi Aramco on a joint venture with Pertamina for a major upgrade to the Cilacap refinery in Central Java. He also acted for BW Offshore regarding a 14-year lease of a vessel to Kangean Energy. Michael Carl advised developer China Shenhua on several major power projects in Indonesia, and assisted Guangdong Guohua with an operations and maintenance subsidiary to service the Jawa-7, 2 x 1,000MW coal-fired power plant. Dyah Soewito and Fitriana Mahiddin are also key figures.

Soemadipradja & Taher is known for its work in complex projects in this sector. Rahmat Soemadipradja heads the practice and has a strong background in project finance. Mochamad Kasmali assisted Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in its advice to Rosneft’s and Pertamina’s joint venture relating to an oil refinery in East Java. Ardian Deny Sidharta advised Pertamina on its proposed management of B3 waste.

Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners is well known for its work on infrastructure and energy related projects. Fabian Buddy Pascoal assisted Savills with a green energy technology power plant. Andre Rahadian assisted upstream oil and gas company Uzma Engineering on share and assets acquisitions. He also assisted Indonesia Infrastructure Finance with its financing to Dwi Sura Prima, an operator of a fuel terminal automation system project. Giovanni Mofsol Muhammad advised UBE and UGE on project financing of gas power plant on the Riau Islands.

Mataram Partners has advised on many infrastructure and energy projects, acting for sponsors, lenders and equity investors. Andi Zulfikar is a key contact.

Christian Teo & Partners has worked for a number of multinational clients, particularly on project finance and regulatory compliance matters. The firm is most notably active in mining and natural resources matters. Name partner Christian Teo is a key contact.

Hendra Soenardi works extensively in this sector and recently assisted Tanjung Power Indonesia and Adaro Power with respective financings of coal-fired power plant projects. Soenardi Pardi and Oscar Damarjati are key contacts.

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