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Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro covers all aspects of corporate and M&A and is well known for working on the Indonesian aspects of global deals. Practice head Agus Ahadi Deradjat advised Renzoluc on the acquisition of three Indonesian tobacco companies; Chandrawati Dewi and Emir Nurmansyah acted as local counsel on Uber's merger with Grab. Dewi and Nurmansyah also assisted Rexel Développement with the Indonesian aspects on the sale of its Southeast Asian operations to AIAC. Freddy Karyadi and Theodoor Bakker are also recommended.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has an enviable client roster that includes Star Energy, Tokopedia and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Team head Eko Basyuni advised Toppan Printing on its merger with Plasindo and acted for DKSH on its 60% of shares purchase of Wicaksana Overseas International. Ahmad Fikri Assegaf acted for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in its acquisition of a 12.64% stake in IndoSari Roti and assisted Sri Rejeki Isman on its collective acquisitions of Bitratrex Industries and Primayudha Mandirijaya. Also recommended are Valerie Ngooi Ming Hui, who is skilled in takeovers, M&A and restructurings, and Carol Lim, who made foreign counsel in June 2018.

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Hutabarat Halim & Rekan

Hutabarat Halim & Rekan (HHR) is one of the leading commercial law firms in Indonesia. The firm was founded by a number of experienced Indonesian commercial, corporate and finance lawyers with skills across a broad range of legal practice areas, in both transactional and litigation actions. HHR has grown into a solid practice of partners, foreign lawyers, associates and professional support staff with a total of almost 50 persons. All are distinguished in their respective areas of specialty and professionalism.

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A popular choice for complex cross-border transactions, Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy is led by Harun Reksodiputro and recently advised ExxonMobil on its acquisition of Federal Oil. Reksodiputro also assisted Metro Pacific Tollways Corp with its $132m purchase of a 42.25% stake in Nusantara Infrastructure. Sugianto Osman is also a key figure and represented Tokopedia on its $1.1bn series E fundraising from Alibaba. He also acted for Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia on the sale of its telecoms towers to Inti Bangun Sejahtera. Newly promoted of counsel Dion Alfadya is also recommended.

Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie boasts clients that include HSBC, China Life and Standard Chartered. Key figures in the team include Mark Innis and Iqbal Darmawan. The pair represented separate investors in the $150m investment in GO-JEK: Innis acted for Tencent and Darmawan represented Astra. Mita Djajadiredja recently advised Global Digital Niaga on its acquisition of Tiket.com. Other notable names include Daniel Pardede and Erwandi Hendarta, who assisted MUFG Bank with seeking a majority stake in Bank Danamon Indonesia.

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills advises clients including Goldman Sachs, Diageo and Mitsubishi on the full spectrum of corporate matters. Name partner Iril Hiswara has 'extensive experience in M&A projects including international ones', and his 'advice is always practical and proposal-based'. David Dawborn advised Temasek on its $1.171bn divestment of a 19.9% stake in Bank Danamon to MUFG Bank and acted as local counsel for KKR on its global acquisition of Unilever's spread business. Sakurayuki represented JD.Com on its $100m investment in GO-JEK.  Also recommended are Jeanne Donauw, who advised IFFCO on its purchase of Synergy Oil Nusantara; Vik Tang, who is highly skilled in cross-border M&A and Cellia Cognard, who is experienced in M&A and joint ventures.

SSEK Legal Consultants is 'very responsive and timely in their provision of advice', 'always hits its deadlines' and is 'able to give advice on the spot'. Founding partner Ira Eddymurthy is 'one of the top corporate lawyers in Indonesia' with 'a wealth of knowledge and deal experience and a good understanding of what international clients need and expect from their legal advisers around the world'. She recently advised Procter & Gamble on the Indonesian aspects of its global takeover of Merck KGaA. Fahrul Yusuf and Michael Carl represented Grab on its acquisition of Uber’s business and assets in Indonesia. Both partners also worked with Didi Chuxing on its $1bn investment in Grab. Michael Twomey is also a key figure and highly recommended for the energy-related issues. Other notable names include Rusmaini Lenggogeni, along with 'knowledgeable' associates Fadhillah Rizqy and Alvin Suryohadiprojo, who are both 'very capable' and 'calm under pressure'.

Makarim & Taira S.'s team adopts 'a client-first approach' that is 'very practical and solution-oriented'. Corporate specialist Richard Cornwallis has broad expertise and is particularly active in the hospitality sector; he acted as local counsel on Ferro Corporation's global purchase of Endeka. Rahayu Ningsih Hoed has a similarly diverse skillset but is notably strong in real estate transactions. Teddy Suprijadi specialises in M&A and restructurings and Lia Alizia advises on general corporate issues for multinational clients. Alizia advised Aventis Pharma on a contract termination with an Indonesian party. Maria Sagrado focuses on foreign investment and financial transactions. Banking and finance specialist Kurniawan Tanzil also acts on corporate transactions.

The experienced corporate team at Makes & Partners acts on deals for both domestic and international clients. Managing partner Yozua Makes is an expert in M&A and corporate finance; Fransisca, S.H. advised Globalnet Sejahtera on its acquisition of Ticket.com; Iwan Setiawan assisted Professional Telekomunikasi Indonesia with its purchase of KometInfra Nusantara. Newly-made partner Bernardus Billy is also of note.

Soemadipradja & Taher has strong expertise in transactional and advisory work. Name partner Rahmat Soemadipradja and Retno Muljosantoso advised Merck Indonesia on Merck's global sale of its operations to Procter & Gamble. Muljosantoso also assisted Pontil Indonesia with the divestment of its company shares. Emalia Achmadi acted as local counsel in Neptune Energy's majority stake purchase in Engie’s global oil and gas business. Mochamad Kasmali represented Japan Tobacco International on its $677m acquisition of KDM and SMN. Foreign counsels Robert Reid and Cameron Grant are also recommended.

Widyawan & Partners¬†provides 'technical and strategic advice' and has 'very good knowledge of the legal environment in Indonesia'.¬†David Holme¬†co-heads the team, is 'very responsive' and 'gives pragmatic advice'; in one matter highlight, he advised AXA on restructuring its businesses in Indonesia. Fellow practice head Yolanda Hutapea¬†is very active in the financial services, retail and TMT sectors; she assisted Australia and New Zealand Banking Group with the sale of its Indonesian businesses to DBS Bank and acted as local counsel for¬†Unilever on the sale of its ‚ā¨6.825bn business to KKR.

Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners's Al Hakim Hanafiah is a key figure in the corporate space, advising on both cross-border and domestic transactions. Also recommended is Giovanni Mofsol Muhammad, who has notable expertise handling transactions involving state-owned entities; he recently advised the Indonesian government on Freeport Indonesia's divestment of 51% of the company’s shares acquired by state-owned entities.

Now part of the PWC network, Melli Darsa & Co. has experience handling both M&A and general commercial advisory work. The practice is led by name partner Melli Darsa, who is supported by Kusumohadiani and Indra Allen.

Oentoeng Suria & Partners is particularly strong in private equity transactions. Ratih (Ipop) Nawangsari co-heads the practice and assisted Enel Investment Holding on the sale of its shares in Bayan Resources to the controlling shareholders. Fellow practice head Atik Susanto advised RUMA on the sale of its shares to GO-JEK. Of counsel Rizaldy Tauhid is also recommended.

Hutabarat Halim & Rekan is skilled in M&A and general corporate matters for multinational and domestic clients. Nini Halim heads the practice and has a strong track record advising on M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. Senior associates Milanti Kirana and Bunga Wijayanti are also recommended. Foreign legal consultant Peter Fanning is also recommended.

Mochtar Karuwin Komar primarily advises multinational clients on regulatory and compliance issues in Indonesia. Ariani Nugraha leads the practice and works predominantly on general corporate matters, with a strong background in the telecoms sector. Other key figures in the team include Enny Widhya and Miranti Malikus-Ramadhani.

As part of the ASEAN-wide ZICO Law partnership, Roosdiono & Partners' practice is headed by Singapore-based Hanim Hamzah, the regional managing partner of Zico Law. Key figures from the Jakarta office include Poppy Cut Rahmasuci, an expert in corporate, commercial and M&A matters, and Jade Hwang, who focuses on M&A, joint ventures and restructurings. Recent work highlights include advising Meiji Co on its majority stake purchase in Ceres Meiji Indotama and assisting Risa Partners with its acquisition of a controlling stake in Petrotekno.

TNB & Partners' client roster includes Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Halliburton and Oracle. Benny Bernarto is the name to note for corporate matters pertaining to the natural resources sector. Shamim Razavi regularly advises financial institutions on  general corporate matters. Kresna Panggabean has been promoted to partner and is active in the energy, technology and healthcare sectors. Diane Jungmann recently joined from Norton Rose Fulbright and is an expert in joint ventures.

Bagus Enrico & Partners (BE Partners) represents a number of multinational clients including Walt Disney and Coface. Managing partner Bagus Nur Buwono leads the team and has expertise in M&A and general corporate matters. Enrico Iskandar is also a key figure with notable expertise in the hospitality, mining and manufacturing sectors. Also recommended is Debu Batara Lubis, who is experienced in corporate and commercial transactions.

BUDIARTO Law Partnership' s corporate practice is led by name partner Widjojo Budiarto, who is known for his 'quick thinking' and 'excellent business acumen'. He recently advised Sejahteraraya Anugrahjaya on its proposed merger with Bogor Medical Center. Senior associate Athalia Devina is also a key figure.

Christian Teo & Partners' corporate and M&A team benefits from its association with Stephenson Harwood LLP. The group is particularly strong in handling issues pertaining to advertising, franchising, employment and e-commerce. Name partner Christian Teo is a key name to note.

Noor Meurling heads the team at Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners which has strong expertise in M&A, joint ventures and reorganisation mandates. Recent instructions include advising Panca Dinamika Karya on the sale of its business to Multico Millenium Persada and assisting M+W Group with the Indonesian aspects of its global reorganisation. Of counsel Aston Goad is also a key figure.

Hendra Soenardi's M&A practice and has a client base which includes private equity houses, investment banks and publicly listed companies. Name partner Eddy Hendra is recommended for his advice on cross-border transactions.

Leks&Co is recommended for formations, commercial contracts, joint ventures, M&A and general advisory mandates. Managing partner Eddy Leks and Ivor Pasaribu are key figures.

Managing partner Pramudya Oktavinanda¬†leads the team at¬†UMBRA ‚Äď Strategic Legal Solutions. It advised¬†Telekomunikasi Indonesia on its $30m purchase of TSGN and assisted Sentul City with its joint venture with Sumitomo for a new property company. Putu Raditya Nugraha¬†is a key figure and is highly active in deals involving the financial services sector and fintech. Reggy Firmansyah¬†is also recommended and predominantly focuses on the energy sector; he acted for Perusahaan Gas Negara on its planned purchase of a 100% stake in Pertamina Gas.

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