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Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

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Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and 5 more

Chandra Hamzah

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Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP


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.


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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