Firms To Watch: Projects and energy

Adnan Kelana Haryanto & Hermanto (AKHH)'s energy and natural resources team, led by Andy Kelana, focuses on corporate and financing transactions for clients in the power, and oil and gas sector.
Azwar Hadisupani Rum & Partners advises on a wide range of PPP projects.
Established in 2017, boutique firm Armila & Rako Law Offices has notable expertise in the mining, oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors which the practice advises on a broad range of financing and corporate transactions.

Projects and energy in Indonesia

ABNR Counsellors at Law

ABNR Counsellors at Law advises across the full spectrum of PPP and PFI projects, with experience advising on power plant, rail, telecoms, airport, and oil and gas projects. The practice advises finance parties, sponsors, developers and other major parties on all aspects of project financing. A particular area of expertise for the practice is advising government entities, state owned enterprises and state-sponsored agencies. Emir Nurmansyah heads the practice and has extensive project finance and development experience, particularly in the aviation and shipping sectors. Ammalia Putri is another key individual to note.

Practice head(s):

Emir Nurmansyah

Other key lawyers:

Ammalia Putri

Testimonials

The team have commitments to provide fast and helpful solutions for the client and understand the needs of the client to fit to the purpose.’

Very responsive. They accommodate the client’s concerns and deadlines very well.’ 

‘We noticed great senior junior collaboration. we know we were in good hands.’ 

‘ABNR has the capability to specifically diagnose most of the legal issues we have. Thus ABNR always delivers the most suitable solutions to those issues.’

‘ABNR people are easy to access, responsive, thoughtful and reliable.’

Key clients

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Mitsubishi Corporation

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance

Indonesian State Railways (KAI)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

China Development Bank

Barito Pacific Group

Mizhuo Bank

Marubeni Corporation

Mitsui &Co., Ltd.

Sumitomo Corporation

Infunde Development Pte Ltd,

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.

Xi’an Electric Engineering Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Electric Power Generation Group

Work highlights

    Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy

    Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy stands out with its cross-border projects experience and project financing expertise. The practice has extensive experience working alongside ECAs and multi-lateral agencies, particularly ECAs based in Japan and Korea. Domestic and international banks, sponsors and developers also make up the firm’s impressive client base. Daniel Ginting has significant project finance and development expertise in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Foreign legal consultant Michael Tardif specialises in project finance and has close working relationships with Indonesian government agencies and state owned entities. Tarsis Halintar is also noted and has a deep understanding of Indonesian PPP regulations.

    Practice head(s):

    Daniel Ginting; Michael Tardif

    Other key lawyers:

    Cindy Riswantyo

    Key clients

    Engie South East Asia Pte

    PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali

    DBS Bank Ltd

    Caisse de Depot et Placement Du Quebec South East Asia Pte

    PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy

    Work highlights

    • Advised PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali on the proposed development of the 800MW Jawa 3 gas combined-cycle power plant in Indonesia.
    • Advised DBS Bank Ltd on a $625m facility for PT Halmehera Persada Lygend in relation to the development of a high-pressure acid leach (HPAL) nickel smelter in Indonesia.
    • Advised the lenders on the financing of 145 MW Cirata floating solar PV project to be developed by PJB and Masdar.

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

    Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie has a full service, global project finance and development practice that covers the infrastructure, energy and resources sectors. The practice is particularly well versed in assisting lenders and borrowers on cross-border financings and handles both conventional and Islamic finance. Norman Bissett is a leading authority in the oil and gas, mining and infrastructure sectors. Indri Pramitaswari (Mita) Guritno focuses on project finance and has a broad range of experience that includes rail, data centre and power projects. Nadia Soraya is also noted and has ‘vast knowledge‘ of the workings of infrastructure projects. Foreign legal consultant Luke Devine left the firm in July 2020.

    Practice head(s):

    Norman Bissett; Indri Pramitaswari (Mita) Guritno; Nadia Soraya

    Other key lawyers:

    Marcia Stephanie Tandujaja

    Testimonials

    ‘Quality senior legal advisors with expertise in capital markets regulations, particularly in the areas of mining and oil & gas. ’

    ‘I’d like to highlight the excellent work and contribution by Norman Bissett. I have had a long working relationship with him on multiple projects and have always been happy with the quality of advice provided and the level of commitment to client service.’

    ‘We work with Partners Nadia Soraya and Associate Marcia Tandujaja. Nadia is well versed and has vast knowledge in infrastructure projects. She gives valuable input in how to negotiate/discuss the contract and its amendments with the client. Marcia knows our contract very well; all inquiries and explanations needed regarding the agreement or corporate matter are always answered in detail and timely manner.’

    Key clients

    LG International

    Titan Group

    United Overseas Bank Limited

    Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

    PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China

    PT Bank DBS Indonesia

    PT Bank ICBC Indonesia

    PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk

    PT Bank BTPN Tbk

    PT Bank ANZ Indonesia

    PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance

    PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk

    PT Bank Syariah Mandiri

    PT Binsar Natorang Energy

    LG International

    Titan Group

    United Overseas Bank Limited

    Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

    PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China

    PT Bank DBS Indonesia

    PT Bank ICBC Indonesia

    PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk

    PT Bank BTPN Tbk

    PT Bank ANZ Indonesia

    PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance

    PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk

    PT Bank Syariah Mandiri

    PT Binsar Natorang Energy

    Work highlights

    • Advised PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China on the development and financing of the high-speed rail project that will connect Jakarta and Bandung and create Indonesia’s first high speed train.
    • Acted for LG International, Titan Group and PT Binsar Natorang Energy in the development and financing of a 3×13 MW Hasang run of river hydro-power project in North Sumatera, Indonesia.
    • Advised three groups of creditors on the second round of restructuring of power company PT Sumberdaya Sewatama’s facilities.

    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Fr

    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills has a full service, cross-border project financing, development and joint venture practice in Indonesia, with international energy and mining companies making up the firm's client base. Dhani MM Pattinggi heads the practice and has an in-depth understanding of the oil and gas regulatory framework in Indonesia. David Dawborn is on a long-term secondment with the firm and is highly regarded in the energy and infrastructure space. Matthew Goerke is also on a long-term secondment and has a broad energy M&A and project development practice.

    Practice head(s):

    David Dawborn; Dhani Maulana MM Pattinggi; Matthew Goerke

    Testimonials

    ‘The key attribute of this team is good turnaround times and practical advice which is not simply a summary of the legal framework.’

    ‘Matthew Georke is the primary person I work with. His difference is his practical approach, and the fact that he qualified in Australia certainly makes it easier in terms of bridging the gap in terms of understanding the foreign legal and regulatory landscape. Very good lawyer. Great engagement and makes himself available at short notice. ’

    ‘I believe that especially the legal team led by Mr. Dhani MM Pattinggi in HBT in Indonesia has a very broad understanding of the Indonesian government’s oil and gas policies and regulations. The team provides customers with clearer policy trends through a wide network with Indonesian government officials and has a lot of experience in the field of oil and gas contracts, which makes it excellent for legal advice to minimize customer’s potential risks.’

    ‘I consider appropriate legal advice, prompt answers, and a suggestion of solutions to mitigate risks based on a law firm’s extensive experiences as my biggest factors to estimate the legal performance. I believe Mr. Dhani, Ms. Paskalia, and Mr. Arman have all the elements and attitudes mentioned above. They provided legal advice to me at any time and in urgent situations by the due date, and the quality of the legal advice was also very attentive and satisfactory by comparing related regulations and similar contracts. They are always ready to respond to our requests.’

    Key clients

    Sumitomo Metal Mining

    PT Dian Swastatika Sentosa

    Korea Water Resources Corporation

    PT Adhi Karya

    Aspen Medical

    Docta

    Kansai Electric Power Company

    PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara

    The Weir Group

    Road King Infrastructure

    JSC Zarubezhneft

    Sinochem Belida

    Work highlights

    • Advising Sumitomo Metal Mining in relation to its ongoing investment in, development and financing of a $2.5bn high-pressure acid leach (HPAL) project in South Sulawesi through a joint venture with PT Vale Indonesia.
    • Advising PT Dian Swastatika Sentosa on its strategic alliance arrangement with China Datang Corporation (a Chinese state-owned enterprise) in respect of three operating coal-fired power plants in Indonesia.
    • Advising the K-Water and PT Adhi Karya (Persero) consortium on its successful bid for the development, operation and maintenance of the Karian-Serpong bulk water supply project in Indonesia to be procured on a PPP basis.

    Makarim & Taira S.

    Makarim & Taira S. has a strong projects offering that covers all the key sectors including power, oil and gas, telecoms, ports, airports and utilities. The team actively advises major borrowers and project owners on securing financing for the construction and privatization of infrastructure projects in the region. Vincent Ariesta Lie has a strong natural resources and energy background. Rahayu Ningsih Hoed is a key individual to note and is well-recognised in the project development and finance space. Yohanes Masengi is also noted.

    Practice head(s):

    Vincent Ariesta Lie; Rahayu Ningsih Hoed

    Other key lawyers:

    Maria Sagrado; Hilton King

    Testimonials

    ‘Most of the individuals in the Makarim team continue to show a good level of expertise and always meet the client’s expectation. In particular, Vincent Lie consistently delivers good services and quality of work each year.’

    Key clients

    PT TBS Energi Utama, Tbk

    PT Shenhua Guohua Lion Power Indonesia

    PT Bhumi Jati Power, Indonesia

    PT Central Java Power

    Samsung C&T Corporation

    PT Cikarang Listrindo Tbk

    PT Cirebon Energi Prasarana

    Work highlights

    • Advising PT Shenhua Guohua Lion Power Indonesia on the Sumsel-1 Mine-Mouth CFPP 2×350 MW, one of the first and largest mine-mouth power plant projects in Indonesia.
    • Assisting PT TBS Energi Utama, Tbk with acquiring an Independent Power Producer company in Indonesia which will develop a hybrid wind power project in Oelbubuk.
    • Representing PT Cikarang Listrindo Tbk, a publicly listed independent power producer company, in a state administrative dispute in relation to its pipeline license involving various claims totalling more than IDR1trillion or approx. $70m.

    Widyawan & Partners

    Widyawan & Partners advises sponsors and lenders on the project financing of a wide range of Indonesian IPP projects. The team has particular sector expertise in the oil and gas space and showcases strong cross-border capabilities. Digital infrastructure is a key growth area for the firm and offers clients a range of corporate and regulatory advisory services. David Holme heads the practice and has substantial experience advising international lenders, sponsors and investors on project financing. Seasoned senior advisor Widyawan continues to assist clients.

    Practice head(s):

    David Holme

    Other key lawyers:

    Widyawan; Made Satwika

    Key clients

    PT Pertamina (Persero)

    Inpex Masela Ltd

    DP World

    PT Pertamina Power Indonesia

    PT Medco Power Indonesia

    RATCH Group PCL

    PT Badak NGL

    PT Pamapersada Nusantara

    PT Pertamina Hulu Indonesia

    Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

    Work highlights

    • Advised DP World on the proposed development and operation of a $1.2bn integrated container terminal and industrial logistics park in Gresik, East Java, Indonesia, and the related joint venture arrangements with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and PT Pelabuhan Indonesia Maspion (Maspion Group).
    • Advising Pertamina in respect of the financing of the Balikpapan refinery upgrade, the $3.9bn project to upgrade and modernize this refinery in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

    Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

    Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has substantial experience working with the Indonesia government on infrastructure projects. Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf heads the practice and has significant expertise in PPP projects and foreign direct investments. Banking and finance specialist Kanya Satwika has expertise advising on the financing of power plants and has a particular interest in renewables. Ahmad Fikri Assegaf is also noted and has an impressive project finance background.

    Practice head(s):

    Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf

    Other key lawyers:

    Kanya Satwika; Ahmad Fikri Assegaf

    Testimonials

    ‘They have good expertise and a complete team to accommodate client’s legal issues. Excellent service- innovate in drafting EPC contract to accommodate our needs.’

    ‘AHP has a deep bench of lawyers. I have worked with them on a number of IPPs in Indonesia and they have been very helpful, providing thorough advice, but in a very commercial and pragmatic manner.’

    ‘Kanya Satiwka is an outstanding lawyer. She has an excellent combination of legal skills and diplomatic skills which make her an enormously effective practitioner. She is very commercial and pragmatic.’

    ‘Ilham F. Raaziy: very good knowledge and competence in the field of construction project.’

    ‘Ibrahim S. Assegaf : accommodative and good insights for solving problems.’

    ‘Eri Hertiawan: experience in arbitration and Ahmad Maulana: very good litigation skills.’

    ‘Zessica Yuniartha: very supportive and excellent service.’

    Key clients

    Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)

    Bangkok Bank

    DBS Bank

    International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    PT Aneka Tambang Tbk.

    PT Bank BNI (Persero) Tbk

    PT Bank BRI (Persero) Tbk

    PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk

    PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero)

    PT Kresna Kusuma Dyandra Marga

    PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara

    PT Pelabuhan Indonesia Maspion

    PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Investasi

    PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia (Persero) or Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund (IIGF)

    PT Rukun Raharja Tbk

    Star Energy (Wayang Windu) Limited

    Star Energy Geothermal (Salak) Ltd.

    Star Energy Geothermal Darajat Ltd.

    Star Energy (Kakap) Ltd.

    Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

    The Export-Import Bank of China

    The Export-Import Bank of Korea

    Work highlights

    • Advised PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero) on its plan to upgrade pot technology and supporting facilities of its aluminium smelting plant.
    • Advised PT Satelit Nusantara Tiga on the Satellite of Republic of Indonesia (SATRIA), a satellite PPP project valued at $1.5bn.
    • Advised Star Energy Geothermal Salak – Darajat in their $1.1bn amortizing dual tranche senior secured green project bonds.

    Oentoeng Suria & Partners

    Oentoeng Suria & Partners handles the full range of transactional advice on projects, from project development advice on corporate and regulatory issues, through to onshore and offshore project financing matters. The team advises a broad range of clients and has particular experience advising Chinese-based investors. Frédéric Draps has expertise advising clients on projects in the renewables, oil and gas, mining and infrastructure sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    Frédéric Draps

    Key clients

    PT Pertamina (Persero)

    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Chiyoda Corporation

    ENGIE

    Société Générale (SocGen)

    World Bank

    Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

    China Development Bank (CDB)

    Zurich International Airport

    Itochu Corporation

    International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    MIND ID

    South East Asia Clean Energy Facility (SEACEF)

    Work highlights

    • Advising Pertamina on the Tanjung Enim DME coal-gasification project, a national strategic project to further the Indonesian government’s goal of developing the downstream mining industry.
    • Advising ADB as lead transaction advisor to the Government of Indonesia on the South Tangerang Waste-to-Energy project.
    • Advising Chiyoda as EPC contractor in relation to all legal and contractual aspects of the development of PT Freeport Indonesia’s $3bn Manyar copper smelt.

    Soemadipradja & Taher

    Soemadipradja & Taher has a broad range of industry expertise that includes mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and power. Ardian Deny Sidharta is a key point of contact and has substantial PPP experience in the energy and natural resources sectors. Founding partner Rahmat Soemadipradja and Denia Isetianti Permata are also noted. Romi Emirat has taken over the projects that were previously led by Mochamad Kasmali, who left the firm in 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Rahmat S.S. Soemadipradja; Ardian Deny Sidharta; Romi Emirat; Denia Isetianti Permata; Oene J. Marseille; Robert Reid

    Key clients

    Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd and PT Hutama Karya

    PT Samanea Tangerang Development

    Hong Yuh Assets Management Co., Ltd.

    PT Bukit Asam Tbk

    YTL Power International Berhad

    Work highlights

    • Advised Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd and PT Hutama Karya on Project Jawa 9&10, the  2×1,000 MW coal fired steam power plant valued at approximately $3.2 bn.
    • Assisted PT Samanea Tangerang Development with land acquisitions valued at approximately $28m.
    • Advising PT Bukit Asam Tbk, a major Indonesian coal mining company, on a range of important issues relevant to a leading public coal mining company and its subsidiaries.

    SSEK Legal Consultants

    SSEK Legal Consultants has an active presence in the energy sector with notable expertise in the renewable space, including solar, geothermal and hydro projects. Project finance specialist Michael Twomey has expertise in upstream and downstream oil and gas transactions, as well as sector expertise in the hospitality and shipping sectors. Fitriana Mahiddin also has a strong oil and gas background. Michael Carl focuses on the energy and mining sectors and represents a number of Chinese investors entering the region and senior lawyer Darrell Johnson continues to advise clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Ira A. Eddymurthy; Fitriana Mahiddin; Michael Twomey

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Carl; Darrell Johnson

    Key clients

    McDermott

    Chevron

    Coeclerici S.p.A.

    ExxonMobil

    General Electric

    Pertamina

    Saudi Aramco

    Sele Raya

    Total Oil

    Van Oord

    Work highlights

    • Assisted PT MRT Jakarta, the developer and operator of the MRT in the Indonesian capital, to form a new subsidiary that will develop a transit- oriented development (TOD).
    • Assisting oil and gas company Sele Raya with its upstream activities under three Production Sharing Contract areas.
    • Assisting Energy Development Corporation with its operations in Indonesia and exploration of potential geothermal projects in Indonesia.

    Budidjaja International Lawyers

    Budidjaja International Lawyers has an experienced projects practice that has particular expertise in the oil and gas space. Narada Kumara is a key point of contact and advises a range of international and local energy and natural resources companies. Clients benefit from Kumara’s multidisciplinary practice which spans real estate, construction and environmental issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Narada Kumara; Tony Budidjaja

    Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners

    Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners has in-depth experience in the infrastructure and energy space. The practice has increasingly been advising clients on the financing of infrastructure projects, particularly in the transportation sector. Andre Rahadian is a founding partner and has extensive experience assisting foreign investors on infrastructure and PPP projects. Hendra Ong is another key name to note.

    Practice head(s):

    Andre Rahadian; Giovanni Mofsol Muhammad; Hendra Ong

    Testimonials

    Dentons HPRP achieved our  requirements with good services in termskl of quality  and  timing.’ 

    ‘Mr. Hendra Ong knows exactly what clients need’.

     

    Key clients

    PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia (Persero)

    PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero)

    Badan Penyelenggaran Transportasi Jabodetabek (BPTJ)

    PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II / PELINDO (IPC 2)

    PT Bahana Pembinaan Usaha Indonesia (Persero)

    Oceanstar Marine & Offshore Investment Pte Ltd.

    PT Timas Oceanstar Indonesia

    PT Sriwijaya Bara Priharum

    Work highlights

    • Assisted PT MRT Jakarta with contract signing with construction companies for the development of Jakarta MRT Phase 2A and in a shareholders agreement for the implementation of a payment integration system for intermodal transportation.
    • Advised PT PII on PPP Infrastructure Project for Drinking Water Supply System (SPAM – Sistem Penyediaan Air Minum), with Ministry of Public Works and Housing as PJPK (project owner) and in in PPP Infrastructure Project for Hang Nadim Airport, Batam – Indonesia Project, with BP Batam as PJPK (project owner).
    • Assisted BPTJ in relation to the integration of transportation in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi areas.

    Mochtar Karuwin Komar

    Mochtar Karuwin Komar has a broad client offering and showcases in-depth knowledge of the geothermal market in Indonesia. The team advises on both project development and financing of geothermal projects, as well as other renewable energy projects including wind and solar. Emir Kusumaatmadja heads the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Emir Kusumaatmadja

    Other key lawyers:

    Karl Park, Aka Fajaretta Nurafia, Tommy Gunarsa Handono

    UMBRA – Strategic Legal Solutions

    UMBRA – Strategic Legal Solutions advises across the full range of projects and energy and represents multinational developers, sponsors, contractors, state-owned enterprises and lenders. The power industry is a key area of focus for the firm and the team has expertise in coal fire and gas power plants, as well as renewables including geothermal, wind and solar. Kirana Sastrawijaya and Putu Raditya Nugraha head the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Kirana Sastrawijaya; Putu Raditya Nugraha

    Testimonials

    The team are very creative and innovative in finding and creating solutions to difficult situations and the partner has the network and inter-personal skills to liaise with the necessary parties to resolve tricky issues.’