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The firm

Hotman Paris and Partners was formed by Dr Hotman Paris Hutapea, S.H., M.hum in 1999 when he left Makarim and Taira as a partner. Since its formation, the firm has primarily focused on international finance litigation and dispute resolution. Dr Hotman wants the firm to remain small and focused, specialising in bankruptcy litigation, international finance litigation and criminal litigation, primarily white-collar crime. Dr Hotman did his doctorate (Phd) in Indonesia ‚Äď Bankruptcy and Bonds issuance.

Dr Hotman is best known for representing the Widjaja family’s company Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) who defaulted on more than $14bn of debt in 2001, reportedly the biggest financial case of the South East Asian region. He is also famously known in the business world for handling the Gulaku dispute, the Churchill Mining saga, the Manulife Bankruptcy and the Borneo Lumbung’s default against Standard Chartered Bank, where he famously argued the invalidity of Borneo’s $1bn debt.

In criminal litigation he famously defended the Angeline Bali Murder case, the JIS Teachers case, and Hary Tanoesoedibjo, the CEO of MNC group.

Areas of practice

The New York Times‚Äô 1999 edition describes Dr Hotman, the founder the founder of the firm, as ‚Äėan advocate for Indonesia‚Äôs debtors‚Äô. Capital Profile‚Äôs Hong Kong publication in 2014 described Dr Hotman as ‚ÄėIndonesian debtors‚Äô nuclear option‚Äô. The firm focuses primarily on international finance litigation, civil litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, administrative law disputes, civil litigation and criminal litigation

Dr Hotman is renowned for registering the first, second and third cases under the Indonesian bankruptcy law when it was first introduced and enforced during the 1998 financial crisis. In 2001, he also received international attention when he defended the APP Sinarmas bonds default case, the biggest default in Asian bonds history to date. In hixs Administrative Court disputes practice, he defended an Indonesian coal company in disputes over the licences of coal mines known to have the largest coal reserves in the world, famously known as the Churchill mining saga. In 2015, Dr Hotman received further international attention when he defended two foreign Jakarta Intercultural School teachers regarding controversial allegations of child molestation.

Dr Hotman Paris Hutapea is currently the vice chairman of the Bar Association (Peradi) for the 2015-2020 period and has been an active lecturer on the Bar Association’s vocational course for Bar licences for the past 15 years.


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