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Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

CAPITAL PLACE, LEVEL 36 & 37, JALAN JENDERAL GATOT SUBROTO KAV. 18, JAKARTA 12710, INDONESIA
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Chandra Hamzah

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Position

Senior Partner - Joint Head of Disputes

Career

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.


Indonesia

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has expertise in civil and commercial litigation, including ADR. Practice co-head Chandra Hamzah recently defended Coca-Cola Bottling Indonesia on charges of causing pollution and extracting groundwater without a permit, and advised Indosat on a dispute with the Ministry of Communication and Informatics regarding alleged unpaid spectrum frequency usage charges. Co-head Eri Hertiawan worked on a complex inheritance dispute regarding the estate of Agus Nursalim. Ahmad Maulana has a strong track record in employment disputes, but also recently represented OPIC in a tort claim.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters, and works for clients including Indosat and Bank Mandiri. Chandra Hamzah heads the practice and recently represented Facebook in online copyright data protection matters. He advised Les’ Copaque and Seven Days Hotel on respective trade mark registrations.

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    The President’s Office has issued Presidential Regulation No. 38 of 2015 on the Cooperation Between the Government and Business Entities in the Provision of Infrastructure (“PR No. 38/2015”). PR No. 38/2015 replaces the previous Presidential Regulation on the same issue, Presidential Regulation No. 67 of 2005 as last amended by Presidential Regulation No. 66 of 2013.
  • Bank Indonesia's Regulation on the Mandatory Use of Rupiah

    Indonesia’s monetary authority, Bank Indonesia, has issued regulation No. 17/3/PBI/2015 on the Requirement to Use Rupiah Within the Territory of the Republic of Indonesia (the “BI Regulation”). The BI Regulation serves as an implementing regulation to Law No. 7 of 2011 on Currency (the “Currency Law”). Bank Indonesia issued the regulation with a view of easing the pressure on the declining rupiah.
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    On 16 September 2014 the House of Representative revoked Law No. 19 of 2002 (" Old   Copyright Law ") with the Bill on Copyright, which will become law and receive a number upon the earliest of being signed by the President or 30 days (" New Copyright Law "). The New Copyright Law is an effort from the lawmakers to protect the economic and moral rights of creators and owners as the essential element in the development of national creativity.
  • Indonesia Under Review - July 2014

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  • The 2014 Negative Investment List

    The Government has issued Presidential Regulation No. 39 of 2014 (PR 39/2014), which sets out the new negative investment list containing the business sectors that are closed or are partially open to foreign and domestic investment. The new negative investment list will replace the previous list under PR 36/2010, with a view of integrating Indonesia's economy to ASEAN, as well as accelerating development in the regions.
  • The Indonesian Election Process and Contributions to Political Parties and Campaigns

    Article 35 of Law No. 2 of 2008, as amended by No. 2 of 2011, on Political Parties ("Political Party Law") provides for contributions to political parties, Articles 94 to 96 of Law No. 42 of 2008 on Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections ("Presidential Elections Law") provides for contributions to political campaigns, and Law No. 8 of 2012 on the Election of the House of Representatives, the Regional Representative Council and Regional House of Representatives (the "Legislative Elections Law") provides for contributions to House of Representatives campaigns.
  • Indonesia Stock Exchange Revises Rule I-A on Share Listing Requirements

    PT Bursa Efek Indonesia has issued Decision of the Board of Directors of the Indonesia Stock Exchange No. Kep-00001/BEI/01-2014 on an amendment of Rule I-A (" Rule "), on 20 January 2014, coming into force on 30 January 2014, except as discussed below. The Rule sets out the IPO and subsequent share offerings requirements and procedures and listing fees. Notably the revised Rule sets out a free float policy and limits independent directors and commissioners to 2 successive terms.
  • Indonesia Implements Raw Mineral Export Restriction

    Indonesia's Government Regulation No. 1 of 2014 (" GR 1/2014 ") and Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Regulation No. 1 of 2014  (" ESDM 1/2014 "), enacted on 11 January 2014, implement the ban on raw mineral exports legislated under Law No. 4 of 2009 on Mineral and Coal Mining (" Mining Law "). The two regulations are currently in force. However, the restriction is not in full effect as ESDM exempts 5 minerals from a higher standard of refinement for a period of three years, on the condition that the exporter owns sufficient reserves for eventual smelting and has a credible plan to construct a smelter or jointly process the ores.