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The firm

SAMUEL BONAPARTE was founded by Capt Bonaparte Hutapea, A Md, SE, SH, MH, Master Mariner in 2012. Despite the fact that Indonesia is an archipelagic state, there is an absence of law firms proficient in the practice of maritime and shipping law. Hence, the firm has grown tremendously within the shipping industry. Ship-owners and mariners have recognised the law firm as a trusted partner, not merely for its expertise in maritime law, but also its experience and knowledge in the commercial and operational aspects of the industry. This exceptional combination of legal and marine proficiency is a rare commodity among law firms.

In 2017 the firm successfully performed a ship retention, the Indonesian form of ship arrest. (Indonesia is a signatory to the UN Convention on ship arrest, however it has not ratified the Convention into Indonesian law. Hence, ship arrest in Indonesia is extremely onerous.) The firm’s aviation practice also handled the delivery of three aircraft for one of Indonesia’s largest airlines, worth a total of $106.5m.

In addition to the firm’s Jakarta, Surabaya and Jambi offices Samuel Bonaparte opened a full-service office in Batam. The firm’s vision is not only to have offices in every port city of Indonesia, but also to establish itself as a global law firm offering unmatched capabilities in maritime matters, and in line with this the firm has added offices in Singapore and Canada (in association with Aegir Pte Ltd).

Areas of practice

The admiralty and maritime team provides regulatory, defence, and commercial advice and assistance, and is successfully serving the maritime and shipping industries. The two most notable maritime cases the team handled in 2017 were: the representation of a ship lay-up company and the execution of ship retentions (ship arrests) in the ports of Batam and Bontang and tort claim with case value of $1.5m; and a case representing a marine insurance/freight forwarding company as defendant in a cargo claim with the value of approximately $316,126.

The firm is also recognised as one of the few firms with expertise and experience in the developing market of commercial financing for helicopter fleets. Its global network gives a clear perspective on the myriad issues that successful financing in this sector must creatively and effectively address.

The firm’s litigation and ADR experience extends far beyond its roots in admiralty and maritime law, and includes: aviation, construction, employment, land and property, insolvency, insurance, maritime, shipping, and energy. The litigation and ADR practice group consists of PERADI licensed lawyers, some of whom are also registered as mediators at the National Mediator Association. Its team members have also been exposed to both national and international arbitration.

The firm also has extensive experience in corporate and commercial matters, for example assisting clients in their day-to-day corporate governance, advising on compliance with Indonesian law compliance, regulations, acquisitions, and issuing shares. The firm also advises international clients on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (USA) and the Bribery Act (UK).

Indonesian/Bahasa Indonesia

Other officesBatam

MemberIndonesian Advocate Association (Peradi)
Indonesian Mediation Center (PMN)

Number of lawyers 49

at this office 15

Above material supplied by Samuel Bonaparte.

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