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With a team working on some of the largest projects in the region, Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro has a substantial presence in the energy sector. Practice head Emir Nurmansyah advised the sponsors on the financing of the 1,000 MW coal-fired power generating facility operated by Cirebon Energi Prasarana; it also assisted Global Infrastructure Partners with its acquisition of Equis Energy. Philip Payne is a key figure and he recently assisted Eramet with its transition from a majority to a minority shareholder in the Weda Bay ferronickel mine and smelter project. Herry Kurniawan  worked with Inalum on its joint venture with ANTAM and CHALCO which involved developing a smelter grade alumina refinery.

Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy is a popular choice for international clients on major power, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects. Team head Daniel Ginting and Michael Tardif advised a consortium on the project financing of the Jawa-1 gas-fired independent power project. Tardif also assisted the sponsors with financing the Tanjung Jati B coal-fired power plant Unit 5 & 6 Expansion Project. Another notable name is Tarsis Halintar, who 'possesses excellent analytical skills' and worked with Bank Mandiri on its $170m loan to Gorontalo Listrik Perdana for the development of a coal-fired IPP power plant in Gorontalo. Of counsel Frédéric Draps is also highly recommended.

Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie regularly works on big-ticket energy deals. Practice head Luke Devine  assisted UPC Sidrap Bayu Energi and its sponsors with the financing of the 70MW Sidrap Wind Farm and advised North Sumatera Hydro Energy on the financing of a 510MW Batang Toru hydro electric power plant. Norman Bissett is also a key figure and worked with Pertamina on its acquisition of ExxonMobil's 45% stake in the Jambaran Tiung Biru gas field operation.

A major player in the project finance arena, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills has a client roster which includes the likes of Chevron, Rio Tinto and BP. Founding partner Mira Fadhya heads the practice and has extensive experience in advising multinational clients on Indonesian energy projects. Alongside David Dawborn, Fadhya recently advised Barclays and Deutsche Bank on their purchase of bonds from Star Energy Geothermal, issued for refinancing its operations. Dawborn has a strong focus on the natural resources sector, primarily on corporate and financing aspects. Dhani Maulana Pattinggi is another key figure and represented ENGIE on its acquisition of oil and gas fields from GDF SUEZ. Also recommended is Matthew Goerke, whose strengths are in mining and oil and gas projects.

Makarim & Taira S. runs the gamut of projects and energy work, with clients including Sumitomo, Marubeni and Pertamina. Managing partner Rahayu Ningsih Hoed  'shows very good leadership'; she advised Cirebon Energi Prasarana on the development and expansion of its power plant in Jawa-1. Vincent Ariesta Lie  is 'very committed' and 'willing to be flexible in providing advice and other related matters'; he assisted China Shenhua Energy with the development of the Sumsel-1 Mine Mouth coal-fired steam power plant. Other notable names include foreign investment specialist Maria Sagrado; banking and finance expert Kurniawan Tanzil; foreign legal consultant Guy Des Rosiers; and Yohanes Masengi, who is experienced in project financing and land acquisitions.

Widyawan & Partners has a strong reputation in oil and gas projects, and is becoming increasingly active in infrastructure projects. Name partner Widyawan and David Holme advised Pertamina, Marubeni and Sojitz collectively on the 800MW Jawa 1 gas-fired combined-cycle power project in West Java. The duo also assisted Pertamina with the upgrade of its Cilicap oil refinery and worked with Inpex Masela on the development of an onshore LNG plant. Alan Frederick has extensive experience advising on regulatory and compliance issues in the oil and gas sector.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has traditionally worked on projects involving oil, coal and gas, but has recently experienced an uptick in renewable energy mandates. Ibrahim Assegaf co-heads the department and assisted Asian Development Bank with the financing to Energi Bayu Jeneponto for the development of a wind power plant. He also advised Indonesia Infrastructure Finance which received $150m in financing from The International Finance Corporation for the purpose of financing several infrastructure projects. Fellow practice head Kanya Satwika is also active in the energy and mining sectors.

Mochtar Karuwin Komar advises on projects in the oil and gas, mining and geothermal sectors. Practice figurehead Emir Kusumaatmadja is supported by foreign advisors Karl Park and Chris Naziris. Recent work highlights include assisting a consortium with the competitive bid for the 1,600MW Jawa Bali 1 gas-fired power project, acting for Supreme Energy on its $440m financing of an 80MW geothermal power project, and representing the lenders on a 1,760MW Jawa-1 gas-fired power plant.

Ratih (Ipop) Nawangsari leads the team at Oentoeng Suria & Partners which advised a consortium on the pre-financing facilities to Waskita Karya in relation to a toll road project. Other work highlights include acting for China Development Bank on the $4.5bn financing of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail project and assisting the sponsors of a $1.4bn light rail project. Of counsel Rizaldy Tauhid and senior associate Natasha Djamin are also noteworthy.

Soemadipradja & Taher's core areas of focus are in the infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, and power sectors. Rahmat Soemadipradja is a key figure in the mining sector. Mochamad Kasmali is involved in the natural resources sector and represented Rosneft Oil Company on its $19bn joint venture with Pertmania; he also worked alongside Emalia Achmadi as local counsel on Neptune Energy Group's acquisition of a majority stake in Engie’s $3.9bn oil and gas operations. Ardian Deny Sidharta, who focuses on oil and gas and mining matters, is also recommended.

SSEK Legal Consultants has a strong background in mining, oil and gas, and power projects, and has an increasing focus on geothermal projects. Michael Carl advised China Hongqiao on the financing and development of an alumina refinery project. Ira Eddymurthy and Dewi Savitri Reni advised the Indonesian Ministry of Finance and Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises and Pertamina together on developing an oil and gas state-owned enterprise. Dyah Soewito acted for Enscoloan on its agreement with an Indonesian company and its foreign shareholder for financing the purchase of an oil drilling rig. Also recommended are Fitriana Mahiddin, who is an expert in oil and gas, mining and private power; project finance specialist Michael Twomey; and Syahdan Aziz, who is skilled in the natural resources sector. Darrell Johnson is also noted for advising on oil and gas and geothermal projects.

Boutique firm Bahar has a strong focus on infrastructure development projects. Managing partner Wahyuni Bahar leads the practice and regularly handles contracts and agreements in the projects space. Other notable names include Anggia Rukmasari, a specialist in transportation law, and Noverina Gurning, who focuses on utilities and project finance.

Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners has expertise handling projects which involve plantations, oil and gas, mining and power. Name partner Al Hakim Hanafiah specialises in corporate law and is active in the natural resources sector. Andre Rahadian is very experienced in the oil and gas sector, and regularly advises on the corporate and financing aspects of projects. Also recommended is Giovanni Mofsol Muhammad, who has a strong track record in assisting with power projects.

Mataram Partners is well known in the mining sector, with experience handling authorisations, agreements and regulatory issues. Andi Zulfikar is a notable name.

Recently established by former members of¬†Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie,¬†UMBRA ‚Äď Strategic Legal Solutions¬†focuses on matters relating to power, infrastructure, oil and gas, mining metals and renewables. Managing partner Pramudya Oktavinanda¬†primarily works on transactions and public offerings. Kirana Sastrawijaya¬†is a key figure and¬†Reggy Firmansyah¬†is highly recommended.

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