Firms To Watch: Projects and energy

Andy Kelana leads the team at Adnan Kelana Haryanto & Hermanto (AKHH) and advises on corporate transactions across the oil and gas and power sectors.
Fadjar Widjaksana Kandar and Afriyan Rachmad jointly lead the team at Roosdiono & Partners (a member firm of the KPMG Law network), which focuses on project developments and financings in the energy and natural resources sectors.

Projects and energy in Indonesia

ABNR Counsellors at Law

ABNR Counsellors at Law acts for finance entities, sponsors, developers and other major parties on all aspects of project financing, and maintains a strong relationship with various state-sponsored agencies and enterprises. The team has demonstrable experience advising on power plants, oil and gas, rail and telecoms projects, in addition to major industrial infrastructure projects. Practice leader Emir Nurmansayah is noted for his expertise in high-profile Indonesian power projects, as demonstrated by his advice on the 1000 MW Cirebon Expansion Project. Other key members of the team include Herry Nuryanto Kurniawan, Ayik Candrawulan GunadiSerafina Muryanti and Ammalia Putri, who focuses on project financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Emir Nurmansayah

Other key lawyers:

Herry Nuryanto Kurniawan; Ayik Candrawulan Gunadi; Serafina Muryanti; Ammalia Putri

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Noted for its experience in working with the Indonesia government on major infrastructure projects, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has a strong capability in PPPs and foreign direct investment projects, with experience in drafting and negotiating power purchase agreements and long-term oil and gas supply agreements. The team regularly acts for domestic clients, as well as investors from China and Japan, two of the key players in the Indonesian infrastructure development space. Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf, who advises on project financing matters, jointly leads the team alongside Kanya Satwika, who focuses on power plant projects and mandates concerning renewable energy. Senior associate Ilham Raaziy has experience in the energy and mining sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf; Kanya Satwika

Other key lawyers:

Ilham Raaziy

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 Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero)

PT Kresna Kusuma Dyandra Marga

PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara

PT Pelabuhan Indonesia Maspion

PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Investasi

PT Penjamin 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 Mistui Banking Corporation

The Export-Import Bank of China

The Export-Import Bank of Korea

Work highlights

  • Assisted PT Lotte Chemical Indonesia in undertaking the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) works on part of an integrated petrochemical facility in Indonesia, known as the Lotte Chemical Indonesia New Ethylene Project for an aggregate sum of USD 3.9 billion.
  • Advised PT Kresna Kusuma Dyandra Marga on the proposed construction and financing structures of the Becakayu toll road.
  • Advised PT Penjamin Infrastruktur Indonesia (Persero) (Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund of “IIFG” on the possible structures in providing government guarantees to develop the Patimban Port, the first Indonesian port development under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme.

Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy

Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy counts domestic and international banks, developers, ECAs and multilateral agencies among its impressive roster of clients. The practice has a strong track record in project financings, with demonstrable experience in large-scale power and energy, oil and gas, natural resources, waste-to-energy, refinery and petrochemicals, mining and infrastructure projects. On account of its association with Allen & Overy, the team is well-placed to assist on cross-border projects. Daniel Ginting is noted for his expertise working with Indonesian government agencies on major energy, mining and infrastructure projects, and jointly leads the practice alongside foreign legal consultant Michael Tardif, who acts for sponsors, export credit agencies, multilateral financial institutions and commercial banks on project finance matters. Both Tarsis Halintar and Cindy Riswantyo focuses on PPP structures and concession agreements.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Ginting; Michael Tardif

Other key lawyers:

Cindy Riswantyo; Tarsis Halintar; Deska Widianto

Key clients

Pt. Pelabuhan Patimban Internasional

Lenders including ECAs

DBS-led consortium

Pt. Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk

Pt. Pertamina International Shipping


Work highlights

  • Advised the mandated lead arrangers on the financing of the 145MW Cirata floating solar plant under development by PJB and Masdar.
  • Advised a consortium of lenders on the financing of a $1bn copper smelter.
  • Advised Pertamina International Shipping on the acquisition financing of two VLCCs with the name Pertamina Prime and Pertamina Pride.

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

Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie acts for financial institutions and multinational corporations on all aspects of domestic and cross-border energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects. The practice ‘stand outs’ for its expertise in large-scale renewable energy, oil and gas, mining and transport, water and power projects, and has the capability to advise lenders and borrowers on Islamic financing for projects, in addition to conventional financing. On account of its partnership with Baker McKenzie, the team is well-placed to combine its local expertise with the firm’s international footprint to assist on multi-jurisdictional projects. ‘Great team leaderNorman Bissett specialises in infrastructure, oil and gas and mining matters, including emerging areas in Indonesia such as carbon capture and unconventional gas. Bissett leads the practice alongside Indri Guritno, who focuses on project financing matters, and Nadia Soraya, who has ‘vast knowledge in power projects’.

Practice head(s):

Norman Bissett

Other key lawyers:

Indri Guritno; Nadia Soraya; Marcia Tanudjaja


‘Norman Bisset has been a great team leader.’

‘Their quick response and thorough analysis always helped us navigate our unique relationship with clients.’

‘Nadia Soraya has vast knowledge in power projects, and along with senior associate Marcia Tanudjaja, they helped us navigate the complex nature of regulatory work in Indonesia.’

‘The team stand outs because they take the time to learn about the business and genuinely care about the work product, the business success and outcome.’

Key clients

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

LG International

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

PT Medco Power Indonesia and Solar Philippines Power Project Holdings, Inc.

United Overseas Bank Limited

Titan Group

Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC), PT Patimban International Car Terminal


Work highlights

  • Representing Toyota Tsusho Corporation’s newly established operating company PT Patimban International Car Terminal in relation to the development of Patimban Port PPP.
  • Represented PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia (Persero) or Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund in relation to Jatiluhur Public-Private Partnership Drinking Water Supply System (SPAM) project in Indonesia.
  • Assisted Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, through its Copenhagen Infrastructure New Markets Fund I, on the acquisition of a 50% interest in a 400 MW portfolio from PT Akuo Energy Indonesia (a subsidiary of Akuo SAS) and related equity funding and joint venture arrangements with Akuo.

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills counts major domestic and international companies across the mining, oil and gas, power and infrastructure sectors among its key roster of clients. On account of its association with Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, the dedicated practice is well-placed to advise on cross-border project developments and financing matters, in addition to joint ventures. David Dawborn, who has demonstrable experience acting for leading mining companies on mineral projects in Indonesia, leads the team alongside Dhani Maulana Pattinggi and Matthew Goerke, both of whom handle M&As and project developments in the energy and natural resources sector. Key clients include Chevron, Petrochina, Pertamina and LG energy, among others.

Practice head(s):

David Dawbown; Dhani Pattingi; Matthew Goerke


‘Good logical thinking and strong ability to understand the client’s needs.

Key clients


Sumitomo Metal Mining

Husky Energy


Korea Water Resources Corporation

PT Adhi Karya

PT Pertamina Rosneft Pengolahan dan Petrokimia

Indonesia Investment Authority

Kansai Electric Power Company

LG Energy Solutions

Sumitomo Corporation


Tomori E&P Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised the Indonesia Investment Authority (INA) consortium on the acquisition of up to 100% interest in the project companies for five Indonesian toll road assets from PT Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk and PT Hutama Karya (Persero), with a reported transaction value of US$2.72 billion.
  • Advised PT Indosat Tbk (IOH) on its joint venture investment with BDx Asia Data Center Holdings Pte Ltd to upgrade and operate multiple data centre businesses in Jakarta, Indonesia, with an enterprise value of US$300 million.
  • Advised LG Energy Solutions on its investment into the Indonesian battery production supply chain through a nickel mine and smelting project to be developed through a joint venture company comprised of international Korean and Chinese investors, including LG Energy Solutions, with PT Aneka Tambang (Persero) Tbk and Indonesian Battery Corporation, located in Halmahera, Indonesia, with a transaction value of US$1.25 billion.

Makarim & Taira S.

Makarim & Taira S. advises on the entire project lifecycle, from bid preparation and negotiation of contracts to land acquisitions and licensing matters, in addition to project-related disputes. Counting PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy, PT Amman Mineral Industri and PT Cikarang Listrindo, to name a few, among its key roster of clients, the practice has experience across the power, oil and gas, telecoms, ports, airports and utilities sectors. Rahayu Ningsih Hoed focuses on project financings and land acquisitions for infrastructure and mining projects. Hoed spearheads the team alongside ‘great leaderVincent Ariesta Lie, who is noted for his expertise in the energy and natural resources sector, and foreign legal consultant Hilton King, who advises on energy, minerals and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed; Vincent Lie; Hilton King


‘Very strong project finance and development team. Usually responsive and detailed in their responses.’

‘Vincent Lie is a great leader and very personable.’

Key clients

PT Cirebon Electric Power (a subisidiary of Marubeni Corporation)

PT Cirebon Energi Prasarana (a subisidiary of Marubeni Corporation)

PT Central Java Power (a subisidiary of Sumitomo Corporation)

Classis LLC associated with Clyde & Co.

German Embassy

Hangzhou Jinjiang Group

Japan Tobacco International Indonesia


PT Amman Mineral Industri

PT Bhumi Jati Power (a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation)

PT Cikarang Listrindo, Tbk

PT Fmc Technologies Subsea Indonesia

PT Gorontalo Listrik Perdana

PT Harbison Walker International

PT Minahasa Cahaya Lestari

PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy

PT Toshiba Asia Pacific Indonesia

White & Case

Xiamen ITG Group Corp. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisted PT Amman Mineral Industri in the review of EPC agreements and construction-related contracts for its smelting and refining facility.

Widyawan & Partners

Noted for its expertise in large-scale energy projects, Widyawan & Partners has demonstrable experience in the oil and gas sector, acting for Indonesian regulators, state-owned enterprises and foreign investors on production sharing and joint ventures. On account of its association with Linklaters, the team is well-placed to assist on cross-border transactions and investments into Indonesia. ‘Key contact’ and practice leader David Holme advises on the project financing of high-value Indonesian IPP projects, while Made Satwika focuses on infrastructure projects and Widyawan is praised for his ‘strong background and excellent knowledge of the oil and gas sector’. Alan Frederick is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

David Holme

Other key lawyers:

Widyawan; Made Satwika; Alan Frederick


‘Widyawan & Partners’ expertise lies in the oil and gas sector.’

‘David Holme is the key contact. He understand the expectation of international clients, and always try to bridge the gap between our expectation and local issues. He also has a track record in Japanese-related project finance matters.’

‘Widyawan has a strong background and excellent knowledge of the oil and gas sector.’

‘David Holme has a lot of experience and is very quick to understand and advise on all issues.’

‘One of the best law firms for Indonesian LNG matters. The Indonesian energy sector is sometimes difficult to understand due to ambiguity, but the firm provides appropriate suggestions based on its abundant expertise in the field.’

‘Widyawan has a strong background and excellent knowledge of the oil and gas sector.’

Key clients

PT Pertamina (Persero)

Inpex Masela Ltd

DP World


PT Medco Power Indonesia


GMR Airports Limited

PT Pamapersada Nusantara

Repsol Sakakemang

Volkswagen (China) Investment

Work highlights

  • Advising DP World on the proposed development and operation of a US$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 INPEX on its acquisition of a 10% indirect interest in the Muara Laboh Geothermal Power Project in Indonesia by acquiring 33.333% of shares in PT Supreme Energy Sumatera which holds a 30% share in the project.
  • Advising on the privatisation of Kualanamu International Airports located in Medan, North Sumatra province, through a proposed joint venture between GMR Airports Limited and PT Angkasa Pura II.

Oentoeng Suria & Partners in association with Ashurst

Oentoeng Suria & Partners in association with Ashurst’s multidisciplinary practice advises on the full gamut of transactional mandates associated with large-scale projects, from project development advice, including regulatory, construction and corporate issues, to onshore and offshore project financing work. Counting multilateral organisations and government entities among its key roster of clients, the team has experience across the power, oil and gas, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. Foreign legal consultant and practice leader Frédéric Drapshas excellent sector knowledge, is personable and delivers quality advice’ to sponsors, lenders, government stakeholders and contractors on project development and financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Draps

Other key lawyers:

Ratih (Ipop) Nawangsari


‘Very accessible. Quick response times when required. Well-connected, good understanding of business interest when rendering legal advice.’

‘Frédéric Draps is an excellent, very accessible lawyer who understands our business interests when rendering legal advice and makes things happen.’

‘The people of Ashurst are very helpful in their counsels.’

‘Frédéric Draps and Ratih Nawangsidi always make time for quick or even long discussions, whenever they are needed.’

‘Frédéric Draps has excellent sector knowledge, is personable and delivers quality advice.’

Key clients

PT Pertamina (Persero)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Chiyoda Corporation


Société Générale (SocGen)

World Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

China Development Bank (CDB)

Mitsui & Co.

Itochu Corporation

International Finance Corporation (IFC)


South East Asia Clean Energy Facility (SEACEF)

Dredging International

Chugoku Electric Power Company

GCL Intelligent Energy Co Ltd.


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.

Soemadipradja & Taher

Soemadipradja & Taher acts for domestic and multinational clients on projects across the mining, oil and gas, power and infrastructure sectors, with demonstrable experience advising on PPPs. Ardian Deny Sidharta handles energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects, while Denia Isetianti Permata is noted for her expertise in the renewable energy sector, advising on solar development projects in Indonesia. Other key contacts in the team include founding partner Rahmat Soemadipradja, Romi Emirat, Oene Marseille and Robert Reid. All named practitioners collectively lead the practice group.

Practice head(s):

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

Key clients

PT Pengembangan Pariwisata Indonesia (Persero)/Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC)

Work highlights

  • Assisted PT Pengembangan Pariwisata Indonesia (Persero)/Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) on the exchange process for its fixed assets in the form of land and buildings in Nusa Dua with the Ministry of Tourism.

SSEK Law Firm

Counting oil and gas, mining and power projects in its workload, SSEK Law Firm handles a broad range of project development and financing matters, with demonstrable experience in the solar, geothermal and hydro arenas. The ‘responsive’ practice is also noted for its expertise in smelter development projects and advises clients on the full project lifecycle, from land acquisitions to financing work. Fitriana Mahiddin, who focuses on oil and gas, coal-bed methane and mining projects, jointly leads the practice Michael Twomey, who specialises in project finance matters and handles upstream and downstream oil and gas transactions. Michael S. Carl acts for companies in the natural resources sector on M&As and project finance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Fitriana Mahiddin; Michael Twomey

Other key lawyers:

Michael S. Carl


‘They are responsive and always attend to their client’s needs even in crunch-time situation.’

Key clients


Forest Carbon




Louis Dreyfus Company




Total Oil

Work highlights

  • Assisted SYSTEMIQ, a systems change company, in its work with its partners in Indonesia to design and implement local waste management projects.
  • Acted as Indonesian counsel to Mandala Energy,a KKR-funded vehicle headquartered in Singapore, in connection with its disposal of the Lemang production sharing contract, an upstream oil and gas asset in Indonesia.
  • Advised PT Pertamina Gas, a subsidiary of PT Pertamina, Indonesia’s largest state-owned oil and natural gas corporation, on a facility agreement with PT Bank DBS Indonesia and PT Bank BPTN Tbk.

UMBRA – Strategic Legal Solutions

UMBRA – Strategic Legal Solutions advises multinational developers, sponsors, contractors, state-owned enterprises and lenders on large-scale power projects, including coal-fired, mine mouth and gas power plants, in addition to geothermal, wind and solar energy projects. The team is also noted for its expertise in the construction and financing of a range infrastructure projects in Indonesia, from toll road and railways developments to port construction matters. Practice leader Kirana Sastrawijaya represents domestic and international clients in infrastructure projects and high-value power transactions, while Liyanto Wijaya advises on power purchase agreements, EPC contracts and fuel supply contracts.

Practice head(s):

Kirana Sastrawijaya

Other key lawyers:

Liyanto Wijaya

Key clients

PT PLN (Persero)

PT Indonesia Power

PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali

PT Perusahaan Gas Negara Tbk

PT Pertamina EP Cepu

PT Aneka Tambang Tbk

PT Geo Dipa (Persero)

Asian Development Bank


GIZ Indonesia (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)


PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero)

PT Angkasa Pura 1 (Persero)

PT Indo Raya Tenaga

PT Jasa Marga (Persero)

PT PP (Persero)

PT Celebes Railway Indonesia

Work highlights

  • Represented PT PLN (Persero) in the financial closing of 145 MWac Cirata Floating Project.
  • Represented PT Geo Dipa Energi (Persero) (GDE) as the borrower in a corporate financing by Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Azwar Hadisupani Rum & Partners

Azwar Hadisupani Rum & Partners acts for Indonesian government agencies and domestic companies on PPPs and waste to energy projects. Irawady Azwar, who advises on infrastructure projects across the telecoms, construction and transport sectors, leads the practice alongside Abdul Haris Rum, who focuses on project finance matters, and Zaka Hadisupani Oemang, who handles energy-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Irawady Azwar; Abdul Haris Rum; Zaka Hadisupani Oemang


‘No lawyer has better knowledge of the Indonesian toll road sector than Irawady Azwar.’

Key clients

Telecommunication and Information Accessibility Agency

Indonesia Toll Road Association

PT ACSET Indonusa Tbk.

DKI Jakarta Environmental Agency

Directorate of Government Support and Infrastructure Financing Management, Ministry of Finance

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Indonesia Toll Road Association on Toll Transaction System in Indonesia.
  • Advised DKI Jakarta Environmental Agency on a waste to energy project.
  • Acting as counsel to the Indonesia Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Joint Office on regulatory issues.

Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners – Dentons HPRP

Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners – Dentons HPRP has experience across the oil and gas, infrastructure and transport sectors. The practice advises on project financings, infrastructure projects and suspension of payment issues, and is well-placed to collaborate with the firm’s litigation group to handle energy-related disputes. Key contacts in the team include Hendra Ong, Andre Rahadian, who has experience in the resources and infrastructure sectors, and Giovanni Mofsol Muhammad.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Buddy Pascoal; Giovanni Mofsol Muhammad; Andre Rahadian; Al Hakim Hanafiah; Hendra Ong; Chadri Jurnalis; Maurice Maulana Situmorang; Danny Bonar Sinaga; Michael A. Kaihatu; Winda Tania

Key clients

Eneco Energy Limited

PT MRT Jakarta (Perseroda)

PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero)

PT Pengembang Pelabuhan Indonesia

PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero)

PT MRT Jakarta (Perseroda)

PT Energi Tanjung Tiga

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International

PT Timas Oceanstar Indonesia

Pertamina Power Indonesia

PT Pertamina Patra Niaga (“PPN”)

Hago Igur Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised on a contract package signing for the development of Jakarta MRT Phase 2A (PT MRT Jakarta (Perseroda).
  • Advised on the replacement of Singaporean lender with Indonesian lender for loan of up to USD 85 million (PT Timas Oceanstar Indonesia).

Mochtar Karuwin Komar

Mochtar Karuwin Komar acts for state-owned agencies and private enterprises on the development and financing of renewables and infrastructure projects, with demonstrable capability in handling contentious energy matters. Emir Kusumaatmadja leads the team and has experience in project developments, particularly in the private power sector.

Practice head(s):

Emir Kusumaatmadja

Key clients


China Development Bank

Singapore Energy Market Authority

Tjajo & Partners

Tjajo & Partners acts for financial institutions as lenders and borrowers on projects across the oil and gas, electric power and renewables sectors, in addition to advising on infrastructure projects, including acquisition finance, project finance and debt capital markets issues. Founding partner Rambun Tjajo leads the team and has experience in project finance matters, while Melissa Butarbutar focuses on M&As and joint ventures in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Rambun Tjajo

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Butarbutar

Key clients

Bomba Group

PT Aserra Riau Energi

PT Indika Energy Tbk

PT Adaro Energy Tbk

PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk

PT Berau Coal Energy Tbk

PT Apexindo Pratama Duta Tbk

Work highlights

  • Advised PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk in its recent rights issue and corporate restructuring.
  • Advised PT Apexindo Pratama Duta Tbk, an Indonesian large drilling contractor for oil and gas, geothermal, and coal bed methane, in its post PKPU implementation’s debt restructuring.
  • Advised PT Indika Energy Tbk in establishing a joint venture with a Singaporean company for business related to solar power plants (PLTS).