Dispute resolution in Indonesia

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners covers the spectrum of dispute resolution  matters and has a number of household names among its client base. Chandra Hamzah co-heads the practice and is an expert in ADR, tort law, contract breaches and anti-corruption compliance. Eri Hertiawan, who also leads the team, has a longstanding presence in the dispute resolution sphere and is currently very active in aviation disputes. Also recommended are Ahmad Maulana, who is an expert in commercial and labour-related litigation, and Asep Ridwan, who focuses on commercial, consumer and competition-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Chandra Hamzah; Eri Hertiawan

Other key lawyers:

Ahmad Maulana; Asep Ridwan

Key clients

Hero Supermarket

Asian Development Bank

Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia

Coca-Cola Bottling Indonesia

Aneka Tambang

Bank DKI

OOCL Logistics Indonesia

Petronas Niaga Indonesia

Indonesia Airasia Extra

Royal Industries Indonesia

Work highlights

  • Represented Hero Supermarket in relation to a dispute with PT Lingkar Cipta Selaras over a lease agreement.
  • Represented Asian Development Bank in a wrongful termination claim brought by a former employee.
  • Successfully represented Coca-Cola Indonesia in a dispute concerning the renewal of a bottling agreement.
  • Successfully defended Coca-Cola Bottling Indonesia against prosecution for allegedly causing pollution and extracting groundwater without a permit.
  • Represented Aneka Tambang in a compensation claim brought by  Perusahaan Toradja concerning the transfer of a mine site.

Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie

Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie is skilled in litigation as well as both international and domestic arbitration. Timur Sukirno co-heads the practice and focuses on disputes involving projects, compliance, anti-bribery and bankruptcy. Also leading the team is Andi Kadir, who is highly skilled in arbitration. Brian Manuel, who is experienced in general commercial litigation, is another name of note.

Practice head(s):

Timur Sukirno; Andi Kadir

Other key lawyers:

Brian Manuel

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Fr

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills' multi-disciplinary disputes practice has expertise in civil litigation, commercial arbitration, investigations and private wealth disputes. Narendra Adiyasa leads the team and specialises in internal investigations and employment law. Debby Sulaiman is another key figure and is particularly skilled in construction and bankruptcy-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Narendra Adiyasa

Other key lawyers:

Debby Sulaiman

Key clients


Hutchison Ports Holding Limited

United Technologies Corporation

Toshiba Corporation

Carrier Corporation

Jakarta International Container Terminal

Hyundai Engineering Construction

Thyssennkrupp Industries India

Nusa Halmahera Minerals

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending Hyundai Engineering Construction Co Ltd against a challenge by PT Alam Dunia Engineering and Construction to the validity of an English language agreement entered into with Hyundai
  • Advised Hutchison Ports Jakarta Pte Ltd on successfully defending a claim made by the labour union against Jakarta International Container Terminal, a joint venture between Hutchison and state-owned port operator Pelindo II.
  • Represented Toshiba Carrier Corporation in a $22m dispute with a former distributor of Toshiba’s air conditioners over the termination of the distributorship.
  • Acted for Elders Indonesia in a series of three civil claims filed with the same district court by a resident living near Elders’ feedlot in Central Lampung relating to the transfer of a plot of land to Elders.
  • Representing Cheetham Garam Indonesia, a salt producer, in a cartel investigation by Indonesia’s Business Competition Commission (KPPU).

Soemadipradja & Taher

Soemadipradja & Taher is highly skilled in litigation as well as both local and international arbitration, with a strong background in disputes involving the energy and manufacturing sectors. Founding partner Hafzan Taher is an expert in both litigation and ADR. Nira Sari Nazarudin handles litigation involving corporate, debt restructuring, insurance, aviation and maritime issues. Ahmad Djosan is also a key figure and acts on contentious matters concerning the energy and natural resources, insurance, banking and finance, TMT and aviation sectors. Associate Winotia Ratna is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Hafzan Taher 

Key clients

Stolt-Nielsen Limited

Astra Honda Motor

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to Stolt-Nielsen in a civil claim.
  • Acted as legal counsel to Astra Honda Motor in proceedings relating to an allegation of unfair business practices.

Frans Winarta & Partners

Frans Winarta & Partners is skilled in civil and criminal litigation, as well as arbitration and mediation. Name partner Frans Winarta is the key contact and is highly skilled in corporate, employment and labour disputes.

Practice head(s):

Frans Winarta

Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners

Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners' disputes team primarily operates in sectors such as infrastructure, technology, manufacturing, banking and natural resources. Practice head Sartono is an expert in litigation and arbitration, with particular expertise in representing plantation companies. Also recommended is Linna Simamora, who focuses on employment disputes.

Practice head(s):


Other key lawyers:

Linna Simamora

Key clients

Nunukan Jaya Lestari

Angkasa Pura I

Work highlights

  • Represented Nunukan Jaya Lestari in a land entitlement dispute with a fellow palm oil company.
  • Acted for Angkasa Pura I in a dispute concerning an environmental licence for the development of the new international airport in Yogyakarta.

Makarim & Taira S.

Makarim & Taira S. handles contentious issues through both litigation and arbitration. Managing partner Lia Alizia is a key figure and an expert in corporate and commercial litigation. Alexandra FM Gerungan is strong in litigation and arbitration and very active in the financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors. Rahayu Ningsih Hoed also handles disputes in the financial services sector and has additional expertise in contentious issues surrounding the energy sector. Senior associate Rudy Andreas Sitorus, who is skilled in civil litigation and arbitration, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Lia Alizia; Alexandra FM Gerungan; Rahayu Ningsih Hoed

Other key lawyers:

Rudy Andreas Sitorus

Key clients

Club Med Asie

Hipra SA Laboratories

HBO Asia

Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific

PT Sari Melati Kencana

Axis Bank

PT DSI Underground


PT Geo Dipa Energi (Persero)

PT Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions

PT Nusa Halmahera Minerals

Banner Marine Pty Ltd

PT Wood Group Pressure Control

Radio Frequency System

Alcan Packaging Flexipack

The Commonwealth of Australia/Australian Embassy in Jakarta

Canadian Red Cross in Jakarta

Croda Overseas Holdings Limited

PT Daewoong Pharmaceutical Company Indonesia

Work highlights

  • Representing Geo Dipa Energi in a civil lawsuit filed by its business partner, alleging that the client had committed a fraud by conducting its business activity without a proper permit.

SSEK Legal Consultants

SSEK Legal Consultants is experienced  in both litigation and arbitration and has a strong emphasis on the natural resources sector. Michael Carl is a key figure and known for his work in the energy sector. Dewi Savitri Reni is another name of note and is experienced in both civil and criminal litigation.

Practice head(s):

Michael Carl 

Other key lawyers:

Dewi Savitri Reni

Key clients

GE Power



China Development Bank

United Overseas Bank

Bakrie Telecom Tbk

Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises and Ministry of Finance

Jakarta Intercultural School



Work highlights

  • Advised Technip Indonesia and Technip Geoproduction on potential liability in relation to an EPC contract.
  • Advised Nordea Bank on the enforcement of a ship mortgage on a ship docked in Indonesia.
  • Acted as an expert witness in a London arbitration over a failed commodities transaction in Indonesia.

ABNR Counsellors at Law

ABNR Counsellors at Law's work within this space involves litigation and ADR relating to shipping, infrastructure and insolvency. Sahat Siahaan is an expert in litigation and arbitration and is notably active in shipping and aviation disputes. Also highly recommended are Ulyarta Naibaho, who acts on commercial and employment cases, and Nafis Adwani, who is an expert in commercial, restructuring and real estate matters.


‘Familiar with local law, detailed their explanations and diligent with their follow-ups.’

‘The ABNR team is well rounded, very helpful and responsive to clients.’

‘Advice is clear and user-friendly.’

‘Teuku Ridzky Firmansyah Amin and Sahat Siahaan are highly recommended.’

Key clients

General Electric

Merck & Co

Gunnebo Group


Daimler Group

Indonesian lender Bank Artha Graha International

Saipem S.p.A

Wallem Group Ltd

Total Marine & Claims Services

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Wallem Group in arbitration proceedings against Layar Sentosa Shipping, which alleged that the client did not fulfil its obligations for their joint venture.
  • Acting as counsel to AXN Holdings in a breach of contract claim for $958,000 in damages against Karyamegah Adijaya, a provider of pay-satellite television trading as Aora TV, which had entered into an agreement to carry the client’s channels.
  • Acted for Current Finance Ltd in a breach-of-contract claim against Indonesian tank-container operator Jawa Express Amanda Indah, Hong Kong-based Ocean Oasis Investment Ltd, and Netherlands-based Amanresorts BV. The dispute arose out of the defendants’ failure to fulfil their payment obligations under a heavy-equipment leasing agreement.
  • Acted for Mediterranea di Navigazione, which obtained two arbitration awards totalling approximately $22.2m against Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PAL after the client was forced to terminate its contract for two vessels as a result of unacceptable delays in delivery.

Hogan Lovells in association with Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners

Hogan Lovells DNFP is highly skilled in litigation, arbitration and corporate investigations. Chalid Heyder leads the team and is notably skilled in handling arbitrations, civil disputes, and bankruptcy suspension of payments.

Practice head(s):

Chalid Heyder


‘The team always go beyond expectations and are flexible in responding to our requests and inquiries.’

‘They treat their clients with the utmost respect.’

‘Chalid Heyder and Teguh Darmawan are simply brilliant. They understand their core work and provide clients with cases and comparisons in similar and other industries.’

Hutabarat Halim & Rekan

Hutabarat Halim & Rekan is skilled in litigation and arbitration and is regularly instructed on cross-border disputes. Pheo Hutabarat is the key name of note and has handled contentious matters concerning capital markets, bankruptcy, IP and labour.

Practice head(s):

Pheo Hutabarat 

Oentoeng Suria & Partners

Oentoeng Suria & Partners has a diverse dispute resolution practice that is currently highly active in the telecoms, financial services, natural resources, construction and manufacturing sectors. Prawidha Murti  leads the team and is highly experienced in both litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Prawidha Murti


Leks&Co specialises in real estate and shipping disputes, including matters concerning contract breaches, civil claims, shareholder disagreements and land disputes. Ivor Pasaribu leads the practice and is often supported by managing partner Eddy Leks.

Practice head(s):

Ivor Pasaribu 

Other key lawyers:

Eddy Leks

Key clients

Takenaka Indonesia

Deltamas Group

China Railway Group

Ciputra Group

Metropolitan Development



China Harbour Group

Country Garden Indonesia

TJ Silvanus Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Imako Perkasa Lines as the claimant in arbitration regarding the unilateral termination of a contract by the respondent.
  • Represented Limin in a dispute concerning a joint venture agreement.
  • Assisted Pembangunan Deltamas (the developer of the well-known Deltamas City in West Java) with filing a claim relating to the value of land compensation given by the chief of Land Procurement for the Development of Public Interest in the District Court of Bekasi.
  • Advised PT Country Garden Indonesia and PT Sunny Garden Property in a breach of contract claim.

Nurjadin Sumono Mulyadi & Partners

Nurjadin Sumono Mulyadi & Partners has expertise in commercial, civil and criminal litigation, with additional expertise in ADR. Mulyadi leads the team and is an expert in disputes concerning the banking, infrastructure and natural resources sectors.

Practice head(s):


TNB & Partners

TNB & Partners is very active in commercial, civil and criminal disputes involving the natural resources sector. Kresna Panggabean leads the team and has represented clients in litigation, arbitration and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Kresna Panggabean 


‘TNB as part of the Norton Rose Fulbright affiliation mirrors the international law firm’s high standards from both a legal and technical standpoint.’

Key clients

Mitra Nasional Pratama

Technip Indonesia

IOL Indonesia

Kwantas Corporation Berhad

Sandvik Mining & Construction Indonesia

Pusaka Agro Lestari

Application Solutions

Work highlights

  • Represented Mitra Nasional Pratama in a civil lawsuit against another Indonesian entity in an alleged breach of coal mining cooperation contract.
  • Acted for IOL Indonesia in civil and criminal litigation related to a certification revocation.
  • Advising Sandvik Mining & Construction Indonesia on a payment and debt restructuring dispute with an Indonesian entity.
  • Advising Kwantas Corporation Berhad in relation to a land dispute in Kalimantan.
  • Advising and representing a prominent palm oil company, PT Pusaka Agro Lestari, in a financial dispute with a contractor.