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Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

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Jakarta, Surabaya

Chandra Hamzah

Work +62 21 25557800
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners


Senior Partner - Joint Head of Disputes


Senior Partner Chandra Hamzah co-founded Assegaf Hamzah in 2001. Besides being a respected litigator, he is also well-known as a staunch opponent of corruption. Upon graduating with a law degree from the University of Indonesia in 1995, Chandra commenced his professional career with the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation. He earned his spurs as a litigator with a number of other prominent Jakarta law practice prior to the firm’s establishment. Chandra was intimately involved in advising the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) in its efforts to restore the domestic banking sector to health following its virtual collapse in the wake of the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997/1998. In this regard, he acted for the agency in a number of high-profile cases between 1998 and 2000. Most notable of these is undoubtedly his representation of IBRA in the Bank Bali case of 1998 In the anticorruption arena, Chandra established his credentials as a member of the Attorney General's Office’s Anti-Corruption Joint Investigation Committee in 2000-2001. Following a tight selection process, including vetting by a select committee made up of respected legal scholars and practitioners, in 2007 he was appointed by the President, on the recommendation of the House of Representatives, as a commissioner of Indonesia’s high-powered anticorruption authority, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), where he later served as vice chairman. Since returning to the firm, Chandra has been instrumental in establishing our anticorruption compliance practice, which provides advice on compliance with both Indonesian and overseas anticorruption legislation, such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act. Prior to his appointment to the KPK, Chandra was very active in Indonesia’s legal professional organizations, and served as vice chairman of the Central Jakarta branch of the Indonesian Bar Association (IKADIN) from 2003 to 2007, vice chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN)’s Legal Division (2005-2007), and chairman of the Indonesia Association of Intellectual Property Attorneys (2006 – 2007). He was also one of the founders of the Centre for Indonesia Law and Policy Studies (PSHK) in 1998. Chandra was recently named a “Leading Litigation Star” by Benchmark Asia Pacific.


Antitrust and competition

Within: Antitrust and competition

For some, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has 'the strongest antitrust practice in Indonesia'. Chandra Hamzah leads the team and advised Japfa Comfeed Indonesia which was found by the Komisi Pengawas Persaingan Usaha (KPPU) watchdog of operating a cartel. Farid Nasution was recently made partner following a stint at the KPPU. Other key individuals include of counsel Vovo Iswanto, who regularly advises on the competition aspect of transactions, and Asep Ridwan, who is 'a really good litigation partner'.

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Within: Aviation

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners' presence in the aviation sector stems from its banking and finance, capital markets and dispute resolution practices. Chandra Hamzah co-heads the team and is an expert in litigation, whereas fellow practice head Eri Hertiawan has extensive experience in ADR. Hertiawan is defending Air Asia in a tort action brought by four customers who were refused check-in and board despite having valid tickets. For capital markets, Bono Daru Adji assisted Garuda Maintenance Facility Aero Asia with its initial public offering on the Indonesian Stock Exchange. In banking and finance, Indira Yustikania advised DBS Bank on financing the acquisition of two aircraft for ICBC Leasing and leased to Garuda Indonesia.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Chandra Hamzah - Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Within: Dispute resolution

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has a diverse disputes practice that handles cases relating to commercial, antitrust, tax and customs, aviation and intellectual property (IP). Chandra Hamzah co-heads the group and advised Japfa Comfeed Indonesia after it was discovered to be operating a cartel. Fellow practice head Eri Hertiawan acted for Sudirman Kurniawan on a tort action against PSL for violation of shareholder rights.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

With expertise in both contentious and non-contentious IP issues, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is particularly strong in dealing with trade mark searches, registrations and renewals. Key clients include Paypal, Apple and Indosat.  Chandra Hamzah is the name to note and recently advised Les' Copaque Production over the rejection of one of its trade marks.

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