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The firm: Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners began as the law office of Mr L Hanafiah in 1953, one of Indonesia's first post-independence law firms. The firm was reconstituted in 1990 and reorganised at various times since then to reflect Indonesia's changing situation before taking its present structure in 2004. The firm's structure is now Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP); the equity partners are Al Hakim Hanafiah, Constant M Ponggawa, Fabian Buddy Pascoal, Andre Rahadian and Sartono.

In order to be able to give comprehensive legal services on a global scale, HPRP has joined the Meritas Alliance, a global alliance of independent law firms. HPRP is also collaborating with RHTLaw TaylorWessing LLP, a law firm in Singapore affiliated with TaylorWessing LLP, a European-based law firm. For wider regional access and to enhance its services, HPRP has taken the initiative with eight leading law firms in North Asia and South East Asia to form the ASEAN Plus Group.

With a growing number of clients, the firm is also continuously expanding. In 2015, HPRP was ranked as the fifth largest law firm in Indonesia with more than 70 lawyers by Asian Legal Business (ALB).

Areas of practice: HPRP has been playing key roles in a wide range of major transactions in banking and finance-related matters, for both domestic and international corporations with various types of transactions like sharia, conventional, syndicate and bilateral. Led by partner Chadri Jurnalis, HPRP has represented a bank syndicate in the financing of Palapa Ring project east package, a government infrastructure project linking all of Indonesia by fibre optic, worth about $300m.

In other transactions, HPRP's financial team led by partner Erwin Kurnia Winenda successfully assisted PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) TBK ('BNI 46') in its issuance of a negotiable certificates of deposit under the name of negotiable certificates of deposit rupiah BNI Tahun 2016 in a principal amount of around $227m as part of BNI 46's action plan to obtain additional funding other than from third party funds in order to strengthen BNI 46's credit growth. The team was also appointed to provide legal advice for Indonesia Central Bank, Bank Indonesia (BI) on its new regulation concerning the National Payment Gateway, before it's released to the public.

In the infrastructure sector, HPRP has successfully assisted major projects, including government projects. Led by Partner Giovanni Mofsol Muhammad, HPRP recently assisted the Committee for the Acceleration of Priority Infrastructure Provisioning (Komite Percepatan Penyediaan Infrastruktur Prioritas or KPPIP) in developing an outline business case (OBC) for the Kuala Tanjung international hub port project in North Sumatera, and provided legal assistance for PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) II in its internal corporate matters.

HPRP also has wide experience in providing comprehensive legal assistance for transactions in the real property industry. The firm has assisted significant deals with prominent corporations, among others: AEON Group, China Sonangol International and Keppel Land. The transactions have the firm listed as a first-tier law firm in the real estate industry.

Currently HPRP is assisting leading corporations in their significant transactions including Kimia Farma in its acquisition transaction to foreign companies, the Central Bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia or BI) in its IT system renewal project tender, Mercedes Benz Indonesia in its important legal related matters.

Entering the digital era in Asia, HPRP has been assisting clients in the e-commerce business. At an earlier stage, the team found significant challenges as there are no specific licences or regulations for this type of business in Indonesia. HPRP team approached the relevant government people to discuss the situation and to find out the most reasonable way to accommodate the client's plan. Recently the government of Indonesia has issued new regulations to facilitate the e-commerce and fintech businesses in Indonesia. This means companies involved in digital transactions are attracted to doing business in Indonesia, and HPRP is ready to provide legal service for them.

  • Number of lawyers: 81
  • Languages
  • English
  • Dutch
  • Mandarin
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Member
  • Meritas Worldwide
  • ASEAN Plus Group

Above material supplied by Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners.

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