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Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Indonesia > Antitrust and competition Tier 1

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners' team is very well known for its solid track record in advising on merger filings and notifications to the Indonesian Competition Commission (KPPU). The practice leverages the firm's expertise in corporate law and dispute resolution to assist with competition litigation and compliance issues. HMBC stands out for his expertise in handling high-profile merger clearances; he co-heads the practice with Farid Nasution, whose workload takes in contentious competition matters and compliance mandates. Vovo IswantoAsep Ridwan and newly promoted partner Albert Boy Situmorang are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

HMBC Rikrik Rizkiyana; Farid Nasution

Key clients

Albion Acquisitions Ltd.

PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia Tbk

Aramco Valvoline Global Holding Corp

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company

Hyundai Department Store Co. Ltd.

Reliance New Energy Solar Limited

ASP Blade Holdings Inc.

PT FinAccel Teknologi Indonesia

PT Merdeka Copper Gold Tbk

PT Dompet Karya Anak Bangsa

SIG Combibloc Group AG

A. P. Moller – Maersk

Axiata Group Berhad

Cummins Inc.

ESR Cayman Limited

Wilmar Group

Work highlights

  • Advising on a notification to the KPPU for the transfer of Series B shares in PT Pegadaian and PT Permodalan Nasional Madani from the Government of Indonesia to BRI.
  • Advised the Axiata Group on the competition aspects of its IDR 8.7 trillion acquisition of PT Link Net Tbk.
  • Acted for the Wilmar Group in a cooking-oil cartel case in Indonesia.

Indonesia > Aviation Tier 1

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is primarily focussed on disputes in the aviation space, covering cases relating to tort claims brought by passengers, allegations of cartel made by the KPPU, and contract breaches. The firm also has capabilities in relation to complex restructuring and insolvency-related mandates, with experience advising major carriers in their high-profile insolvency proceedings. Eri Hertiawan leads on the firm’s aviation work and, being the co-head of the firm’s disputes practice, has particular expertise in disputes involving airline clients. Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf, as head of banking, finance, and projects work, is active in relation to insolvency proceedings in this space, and senior associate Alvin Ambardy, besides his predominantly arbitration-based practice, is similarly of note for his work relating to insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Eir Hertiawan

Key clients

PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk

PT Angkasapura II

PT Angkasa Pura I

PT Citilink Indonesia

PT Indonesia Airasia Extra

Work highlights

  • Assisted PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk., in the proposed restructuring of all its financial and trade debts and aircraft leases, valued at IDR146.85 trillion.
  • Advising PT Angkasa Pura I, a state-owned enterprise which provides air traffic services and business airports, on its restructuring process valued at IDR 23.46 trillion.

Indonesia > Capital markets Tier 1

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners covers the full gamut of capital market matters, covering both public and private debt and equity offerings, with a particular strength in advising on the structure and implementation of Shariah-compliant financing and investment transactions. As a a part of the Rajah and Tann Asia network, the firm is able to draw upon the expertise from other Asian jurisdictions, and is otherwise noted for its strengths in the energy, natural resources, and financial sectors. Putu Suryastuti heads up this work, employing her corporate transactional expertise to IPOs, secondary offerings, private placements, and debt offerings. Ahmad Fikri Assegaf valued for the breadth of his experience, while Bono Adji and Tunggul Utomo have a greater emphasis on the natural resources, energy, telecoms, and finance industries. Mohammad Zulkarnain and Intan Paramita are highly active in this area and crucial contacts.

Practice head(s):

Putu Suryastuti

Other key lawyers:


‘The team have robust and in-depth knowledge of capital markets.’

‘Intan Paramita is fast to respond and has a creative mindset.’

‘Professional experts. They thoroughly understand capital market and give insights and advices accordingly to the situation.’

‘They have in-depth knowledge of the market, and provide us with solutions. They are able to quickly understand our needs and provide us with investment options that are tailored to our specific goals.’

‘The capital markets team at AHP is very professional and responsive. Their experiences and connections with relevant authorities make their legal opinion efficient and practical.’

Key clients

PT Alam Sutera Realty Tbk

PT Autopedia Sukses Lestari Tbk.

PT Bank China Construction Bank Indonesia Tbk

PT Bank Jago Tbk

PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk

PT Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional Syariah Tbk.

PT Barito Pacific Tbk.

PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk.

PT DCI Indonesia Tbk.

PT GoTo Gojek Tokopedia Tbk.

PT Indika Energy Tbk.

PT Indointernet Indonesia Tbk.

PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero)

PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance

PT Jayamas Medica Industri Tbk.

PT KB Finansia Multi Finance

PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk.

PT Medco Power Indonesia

Work highlights

  • Acted as the Indonesian legal counsel to the Indonesian Government as buyer on the second tender offer exercise and issuer on its USD SEC Shelf Registered Bonds.
  • Acted as the Indonesian legal counsel to One Med, an Indonesian-based medical devices manufacturer, in their initial public offering on 8 November 2022.
  • Acted as the Indonesian legal counsel to the GoI, who acted as the Buyer on the third tender offer exercise with Switch and Cash Tender Offer scheme and the Issuer on the issuance of its USD SEC Shelf Registered Bonds.

Indonesia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners' practice is home to a sizeable corporate litigation team which handles the gamut of dispute resolution matters, including alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The group leverages the bench strength of the Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP Asia network to assist with a range of contentious cross-border matters. Department co-heads Chandra Hamzah and Eri Hertiawan are highly regarded practitioners, with established expertise in handling both litigation and arbitration. Simon Barrie Sasmoyo is experienced in handling complex cases involving financial and anti-corruption disputes. Heru Pamungkas was promoted to partner in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Chandra Hamzah; Eri Hertiawan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

PT Tokopedia

PT Indonesia Airasia Extra

PT Meratus Line

PT Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines

PT Garuda Indonesia

PT Tirta Investama

PT Angkasapura II

PT Bank Mandiri Tbk

PT Citilink Indonesia

PT Coca Cola Indonesia

PT Danone Indonesia

PT Jakarta Industrial Estate Pulogadung

PT Jasa Marga (Persero) Tbk.

PT Loreal Indonesia

PT Mahanaim

Work highlights

  • Represented PT Tokopedia in a civil lawsuit regarding data privacy and consumer protection.
  • Defended AirAsia against passenger claims of alleged violations of the Indonesian consumer laws on the grounds of delay and inconvenience caused by issues during check-in.

Indonesia > IT, Telecoms and Fintech Tier 1

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners combines its regulatory and finance sector expertise with experience relating to tech, providing a full suite of TMT-related services across data protection, cybersecurity, telecoms, compliance, and more corporate work such as M&A, merger control, and finance. Zacky Zainal Husein heads the TMT practice, working across the full spectrum of matters for major multinational and domestic Indonesian companies. Indira Yustikania is the key contact in the firm for fintech matters as the lead partner on this work, but Muhammad Iqsan Sirie is similarly of note for work in the crypto space in addition to his specialism in data protection and cybersecurity.

Practice head(s):

Zacky Zainal Husein; Indira Yustikania

Other key lawyers:


‘Given their size, they can afford to do multiple practice areas that are quite specialised and in depth.’

‘The firm is thorough and efficient in their research, and their opinions are straightforward, legally sound and timely delivered. I will most definitely use them again in the future.’

Key clients

PT GoTo Gojek Tokopedia


PT Fintek Karya Nusantara

PT XL Axiata Tbk

Capgemini Group

PT Genomik Solidaritas Indonesia

Erajaya Swasembada

HSBC Indonesia


Work highlights

Indonesia > Labour and employment Tier 1

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners works closely with its dispute resolution team to handle employment disputes; its recent caseload also includes advising on employment contracts, outsourcing, redundancy, labour unions, and the employment of foreign workers. As part of the Rajah & Tann Asia network, it draws on regional resources to assist multinational clients with regional employment issues. Ahmad Maulana is a key name to note, combining general dispute expertise with experience in employment matters. Muhamad Kamal Fikri has a broad dispute expertise that extends to mediation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Ahmad Maulana

Other key lawyers:


Assegaf Hamzah & Partners possesses a depth of knowledge on the labour and employment regulatory framework and its implementation that sets them apart from most top-tier firms. Its close engagement with regulatory authorities provides clients with an accurate view from the regulator’s perspective, delivering invaluable insights that guide strategic decisions. What truly distinguishes AHP is its ability to understand the intricacies of the industry landscape and practices, allowing it to offer advice that not only aligns with regulatory requirements but also addresses our unique business needs. Moreover, AHP’s commitment to excellent delivery and rapid turnaround time ensures that we receive timely, top-notch legal counsel.’

Ahmad Maulana’s profound expertise in labour and employment practices is unmatched, providing us with guidance in navigating complex regulatory frameworks and implementations. His depth of expertise has provided us with helpful regulatory advice and has helped us make strategic decisions. Beyond this, Ahmad possesses an unparalleled understanding of industry dynamics, offering tailored advice that harmonizes with our business needs. His swift turnaround times showcase his reliability as a counsel and by making himself readily available during our critical times and for urgent matters. Ahmad often goes beyond the traditional role of a legal advisor which makes him a great business partner. When working with Ahmad Maulana, we not only gain access to a legal expert but also a trusted ally who is there to navigate challenges and seize opportunities alongside us.’

AHP’s team is very responsive to our inquiries. Their level of service is of a top-tier law firm, provided in a thorough and timely manner and catered to our needs.’

Ahmad Maulana’s familiarity with the provisions of employment law, including the practical aspect, has helped us greatly in navigating the complexity of the issue and preparing a prudent decision.’

Key clients

PT Shiseido Cosmetics Indonesia

The British Institute

PT Ecolab International Indonesia

PT Citra Prima Container

Coupang LLC

PT Haidilao Indonesia Restaurants

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH

PT Surya Toto Indonesia Tbk

PT Ken Lee Indonesia

Mori Lee LLC

World Wide Technology LLC

Microsoft Inc

PT Khasanah Putera Jakarta Medica

PT Tripatra Engineers and Constructors

AICE Group

Asian Development Bank

British Standards Institution

Ebara Corporation

Imerys Asia Pacific Group

NYK Line Indonesia

Work highlights

  • Assisted PT Surya Toto Indonesia Tbk. in the process of dispute settlement during an employment termination and with the preparation of the mutual settlement agreement with the terminating employees.
  • Advised PT Haidilao Indonesia Restaurants on the drafting of employment agreement templates and on the employment of a foreign board of directors.
  • Assisted PT Citra Prima Container in the process of dispute settlement during an employment termination and reviewed draft of indefinite and definite employment agreement.

Indonesia > Projects and energy Tier 1

Experienced in assisting private and public entities alike in major infrastructure projects, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners handles PPP and foreign direct investment projects, power purchase agreements and long-term oil and gas supply agreements as well as joint-operating matters. The team is led by Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf and Kanya Satwika. Assegaf represents both domestic and international financial institutions on structured finance and debt-restructuring matters, while Satwika is involved in projects related to the government’s power expansion programme and renewable energy initiatives. Insan Paramita focuses on geothermal power and electricity projects in addition to advising clients in the oil & gas sector.

Practice head(s):

Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf; Kanya Satwika

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

PT Karian Water Services

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)

Asian Development Bank

International Finance Corporation

Indonesia Investment Authority

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 Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero)

PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China

PT Kresna Kusuma Dyandra Marga

PT Lotte Chemical Indonesia

PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara

PT Pelabuhan Indonesia Maspion

PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Investasi

Work highlights

  • Represented PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia (Persero) in the BPLJSKB Proving Ground PPP project guarantee.
  • Advising as Indonesian legal counsel on the development and financing of Karian Serpong Regional Water Supply Public Private Partnership Project.
  • Advised the mandated lead arrangers on US$ 265 million loan facilities to PT Plaza Indonesia Investama and PT Plaza Indonesia Realty Tbk. to refinance their existing loans and bonds, and to further develop the Plaza Indonesia mall complex including the Grand Hyatt hotel.

Indonesia > Real estate Tier 1

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners acts for major local and foreign clients in all sectors of real estate on issues relating to residential, commercial and industrial properties. In addition, it has assisted clients in land procurement matters regarding infrastructure work and industrial development as well as dispute resolution. Yogi Sudrajat Marsono, who heads the real estate practice, has represented clients on real estate M&A, asset management and construction agreements. Also of note is Heru Pamungkas who focuses on dispute resolution and was promoted to partner in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Sudrajat Marsono

Other key lawyers:


The team is very approachable, I love the way they are always available and that they are able to translate legal information into business context for our commercial team.

AHP’s real estate team is a team that is able to marry their resources of strong lawyers from other various fields.

Key clients

Gurit Group

Iron Mountain Pte Ltd

Ministry of State Secretariat

PT Ajinomoto Indonesia

PT Aneka Tambang Tbk.

PT BASF Indonesia

PT Bio Farma (Persero)

PT Garam (Persero)

PT Haidilao Indonesia Restaurants

PT Holland Colour Asia

PT Jakarta Industrial Estate Pulogadung

PT Krakatau Steel (Persero) Tbk

PT Krakatau Tirta Industri

PT Nirvana Wastu Pratama

PT Pelabuhan Indonesia Maspion

PT Pelindo Terminal Petikemas

PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia (Persero)

PT Perkebunan Nusantara X

PT Regus Business Centre Indonesia

PT Samanea Tangerang Development

PT Sengon Hijau Lestari

PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia

PT Wicaksana Overseas International Tbk.

Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care Sdn Bhd

Skyworth Limited Group

The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry or Kamar Dagang dan Industri Indonesia

Yayasan Jakarta Intercultural School

Work highlights

  • Assisted PT Pelabuhan Indonesia Maspion in the development of the Gresik Port.
  • Assisting PT Petrokimia Gresik to assess and formulate the mechanism to manage the land and building assets owned by PT Petrokimia Gresik.

Indonesia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has industry strength across the government, financial services, energy, manufacturing, construction and aviation sectors, and has a track record in assisting with some of the most high-profile restructures of major corporate debtors and other stakeholders. The practice is able to draw on the wider capabilities of the firm, with practice head Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf leveraging his banking and finance expertise to assist related operators with their debt restructuring and insolvency mandates. Eri Hertiawan has extensive disputes experience which he deploys in representing his clients in the proceedings around their restructures. Tracy Tania focuses on transactional matters with a nexus to restructuring and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf; Eri Hertiawan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad

Pathfinder Strategic Credit II LP

PT AEON Mall Indonesia

PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero)

PT Apexindo Pratama Duta Tbk.

PT Bank Danamon Indonesia Tbk

PT Bank HSBC Indonesia

PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk.

PT Bank Maybank Indonesia Tbk.

PT Bank Permata Indonesia

PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk

PT Matsuzawa Pelita Furniture Indonesia

PT Royal Industries Indonesia

PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur

PT Sri Rejeki Isman Tbk

PT Sumberdaya Sewatama

PT Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk.

Raiffeisen Bank International A.G.

TAEL Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisting PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk with the implementation of a court-sanctioned composition plan.
  • Advised PT Angkasa Pura I, a state-owned enterprise which provides air traffic services and business airports in Indonesia, on its restructuring process.
  • Advising PT Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk, as its Indonesian legal counsel, on the proposed restructuring of its financial debts and obligations.

Indonesia > Tax Tier 1

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners covers a full spectrum of contentious and non-contentions tax and customs issues. Advising domestic and international clients on a range of matters including transactions, the firm is well-versed on judicial review requests to the Supreme Court, transfer pricing and investment structuring. Nazly Parlindungan Siregar leads and draws on 20 years of experience in international tax consisting of cross-border M&A, global business model optimisation and international tax advisory.

Practice head(s):

Nazly Parlindungan Siregar

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client in the investment sector with party transactions for a non-performing loans project in accordance with Indonesian prevailing transfer pricing laws and regulations.
  • Advised a client in the commodity trading industry on the potential success in a judicial review to the Supreme Court.
  • Advised a group of professional services firms on the Indonesian tax implications of their international structuring plans.

Indonesia > Banking and finance Tier 2

The banking and finance practice at Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is noted for its strengths in the fintech space, and its strong experience in assisting Chinese investors with mandates involving foreign direct investment into Indonesia. Led by structured finance expert Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf, the team regularly acts for Indonesian government agencies and regulators. Ahmad Fikri Assegaf advises on venture capital, private equity, and corporate financing matters, and Harun Ngantung fields extensive experience in handling syndicated lending, structured and leveraged finance, and refinancing transactions. Indira Yustikania is a key name for fintech mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

PT Bank BTPN Tbk.

PT Bank Central Asia Tbk.

PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk.

PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk.

PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk.

PT Bank Muamalat Indonesia Tbk.

PT Bank Danamon Indonesia Tbk.

PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk.

PT Bank Jago Tbk.

PT Bank DBS Indonesia

PT Bank Maybank Indonesia Tbk.

BNP Paribas

ABN Amro Bank N.V., Singapore Branch

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd

PT Fintek Karya Nusantara

PT GoTo Gojek Tokopedia Tbk.

PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk.

PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance

Work highlights

  • Acted as Indonesian counsel to the lenders in granting a financing facility of up to USD300m to Traveloka.
  • Assisted PT Satelit Nusantara Lima with obtaining financing from local lenders for the construction and launch of the N5 Satellite.
  • Acted as Indonesian legal counsel to the mandated lead arrangers on a USD 265m loan facility provided to PT Plaza Indonesia Investama and PT Plaza Indonesia Realty Tbk.

Indonesia > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners combines regional strengths, drawing on the expertise and resources of the Rajah & Tann Asia network, with wide-ranging capabilities in the corporate space, supported by the firm’s competition and tax practices. Eko Basyuni leads the practice, covering the full range of M&A, joint ventures, FDI, and restructurings for clients from a range of sectors. Name partner Ahmad Fikri Assegaf remains an active team member. Other lawyers of note include Tunggul Utomo, Valerie Ngooi Ming Hui, Mita Kartohadiprodjo, Bono Adji, Angelica Maharani, and foreign counsel Carol Lim.

Practice head(s):

Eko Basyuni

Other key lawyers:

Ahmad Fikri Assegaf; Bono Daru Adji; Tunggul Purusa Utomo; Valerie Ngooi Ming Hui; Mita Kartohadiprodjo; Carol Lim; Angelica Ayu Maharani


‘The AHP team is very diversified. They are able to provide solutions across various industries. Further, they are very connected with government authorities bringing unparalleled values to respond to client needs.’

‘AHP lawyers are committed to aggressive deadlines and high demands.’

‘Valerie Ngooi Ming Hui is very effective in drafting legal documents. She makes sure she fully understands the client’s needs which helps her speak in the client’s language when negotiating complex issues with counterparties.’

‘Very knowledgeable. not just identifying issues but also providing solutions. Big fan of Tunggul Purusa Utomo and his team.’

‘Tunggul Purusa Utomo understands the client’s needs and is able to provide solutions. Understands that every project is different. Hardly every uses templated solutions and thus caters individually for clients.’

Key clients

AICE Group

ANSTEEL Group Corporation

Caring Pharmacy Retail Management Sdn. Bhd.

China Communications Construction Group Co., Ltd.

China Development Bank

China Fortune Land Development Co. Ltd.

China Oilfield Service Ltd.

Guangdong Power Engineering Corp.

Growtheum Capital Partners

Haji Financial Management Agency

PT ABM Investama Tbk.

PT Alim Investindo

PT Astra Internasional Tbk.

PT Bank Central Asia Tbk.

PT Tbk.

PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk.

PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk.

PT GoTo Gojek Tokopedia Tbk.

PT Indika Energy Tbk.

PT Kalbe Farma Tbk.

Work highlights

  • Assisted PT and Growtheum Capital Partners with a $70m joint venture agreement to create PT Allo Fresh Indonesia.
  • Assisted PT ABM Investama with its acquisition of 30% of the total shares in PT Golden Energy Mines from GMR Coal Resources.
  • Assisted PT Kalbe Farma with its acquisition of 100% of the shares in PT Aventis Pharma, an Indonesian subsidiary of Sanofi-Aventis Participations.

Indonesia > Intellectual property Tier 2

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners draws on the extensive litigation expertise of practice co-head Chandra Hamzah to provide clients with a strong contentious offering in the IP space, with a particular strength in advising the defendants in such actions. C0-head Dewi Soeharto focusses more on the n0n-contentious side of IP, working for a number of international clients from both the wider region and globally in their Indonesian patent registrations, particularly those relating to tech and energy. Ari Juliano Gema is also of note.

Practice head(s):

Chandra Hamzah; Dewi Soeharto

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TikTok Pte. Ltd.

Fédération Internationale de Football Association

Morinaga Milk Industry Co. Ltd.

Unilever N.V.

PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk

PT Zhisheng Pacific Trading

PT Sumber Alfaria Trijaya Tbk (Alfamart)

PT Midi Utama Indonesia Tbk (Alfamidi)

PT Petrokimia Gresik

Monash University

PT Sekolah Cikal

Scoular Company

PT Nusantara Segar Global

Okra International Co. Ltd.

Acava Limited

PT Digital Kresindo Ekapratama



Les’ Copaque Production Sdn. Bhd.

Seven Days Hotel (Shenzhen) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised PT PT Berkah Jasa Boga Sukses regarding the alleged violation of the “Lembur Kuring” trademark.
  • Assisted PT Zhisheng Pacific Trading in the negotiation and settlement with the sub-licensee, which misuse the Mixue trademark for a crowdfunding programme.
  • Advised PT Avatar Media Nusantara and prepared the necessary agreements with content creators in relation to their plans for the metaverse.

Indonesia > Shipping Tier 2

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners provides a complete service for its clients in the shipping sector. This includes financial matters, security enforcement, collisions, charter parties, securitization, natural resource transportation and marine insurance. The firm’s membership of the Rajah & Tann Asia network allows it to draw legal expertise and resources from other Asian jurisdictions, enabling a seamless service for its clients in shipping matters that are frequently multi-jurisdictional. Eri Hertiawan, an experienced litigator and ADR specialist in shipping law, leads the shipping practice alongside Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf and Chandra Hamzah. Another noted practitioner is Wildan Lukman Nurmajid for the primary focus of his practice being vessel financing and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Eri Hertiawan; Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf; Chandra Hamzah

Other key lawyers:

Yanu Wiriasmoko; Wildan Lukman Nurmajid

Key clients

PT Sinarmas LDA Usaha Pelabuhan

A. P. Moller – Maersk

PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur

PT OOCL Logistics Indonesia

PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero)

PT Pelabuhan Indonesia IV (Persero)

PT Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines

PT Meratus Line

Saipem SpA

PT Sinarmas LDA Maritime

PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk

PT Alur Biru Maritim

ST International Corporation (Korea)

PT Bank Maybank Indonesia Tbk

PT Trans Maritim Pratama

PT Momentum Indonesia Investama

PT Sukses Graha Samudera

Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers Co., Ltd.

Cheetah Freight Express Pte. Ltd.

Timagenis Law Firm

KUFPEC Indonesia (Anambas) B.V.

ORO Holdings Pte. Ltd.

PT Sumber Surya Kencana Inhu

PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero)

Watiga Trust Ltd.

DB International (Singapore) Trust Limited

Global Kapital Group

PT Sinarmas LDA Usaha Pelabuhan


Work highlights

  • Represented PT Sinarmas LDA Usaha Pelabuhan as Buyer for the acquisition of 8 Indonesian flagged vessels from several sellers.
  • Represented PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero) as one of the syndicated lenders in the proposed granting of syariah syndicated facilities to PT Armada Gema Nusantara as borrower.  

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP is commended for its ‘unique blend of experience, strategy, and a genuine willingness to listen and consult with clients‘ with a wide-ranging practice experienced in commercial arbitrations, investor-state arbitrations, infrastructure disputes, and international arbitration-related court litigation. The practice is adept at acting on multi-jurisdictional arbitration matters across the ASEAN region. The practice is led by a range of impressive individuals, with Kelvin Poon SC and Avinash Pradhan both Singapore-based, and Eri Hertiawan and Simon Barrie Sasmoyo leading the Indonesia practice. Ben Dominic Yap and Surasak Vajasit lend their expertise to the ‘results driven, and quick on their feet‘ team, acting out of Philippines and Thailand respectively. In Vietnam, Chau Huy Quang and Logan Leung are key names.

Practice head(s):

Kelvin Poon, SC; Avinash Pradhan; Eri Hertiawan; Simon Barrie Sasmoyo; Ben Dominic R. Yap; Surasak Vajasit; Chau Huy Quang; Logan Leung

Other key lawyers:

Andre Yeap; Devathas Satianathan


‘This practice is unique primarily due to the team’s robust experience and thoughtful strategy, aligned specifically with their client’s risk appetite. Unlike other firms that may insist on a rigid approach, this practice puts the client’s needs and concerns at the forefront, ensuring a customized strategy that resonates with the client’s comfort and expectations.’

‘Compared to other firms, this practice stands out for its unique blend of experience, strategy, and a genuine willingness to listen and consult with clients before making decisions.’

‘What makes the individuals we work with at this firm stand out is a combination of experience, strategic thinking, and a genuine commitment to our needs and concerns. Two key individuals that exemplify these qualities are Andre Yeap and Devathas Satianathan.’

‘Andre Yeap, a Senior Counsel and a household name in the field, has been instrumental in guiding us to favourable results. Andre’s approach is centered around effectiveness and cost-saving. His vast experience and willingness to listen to our concerns have made him invaluable to us, differentiating him from others in the industry. His reputation truly stands as a testament to his capabilities.’

Devathas Satianathan has also been exceptional, particularly in his ability to quickly grasp the intricacies of our case. His skill in connecting events and identifying chains of events that we might have overlooked has proven vital. His agile thinking and understanding of the case have been qualities we have deeply valued.

‘Rajah and Tann differentiates itself by its multidimensional approach. By seamlessly merging legal expertise with an understanding of business dynamics, the practice offers solutions that are both legally sound and strategically robust’ 

‘Results driven, and quick on their feet. ’

‘Avinash Pradhan is commercial and assists clients to attain best results. ’

Key clients

The Republic of the Philippines

Vedanta Limited

National Bank of Fujairah

Roberto 16 Pte Ltd (Owners of “Di Matteo”) and the Standard P&I Club (as the shipowner’s P & I insurer)

Hilton Group

Phnom Penh SEZ Plc

FIMBank plc

National Oilwell Varco Norway AS

Shinhan Bank

York International Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented the Filipino government in an ICC arbitration against Chevron and Shell concerning their income tax liability.
  • Representing Vedanta in two matters relating to a Singapore-seated treaty arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules arising from its claims, which are valued in excess of US$3n, against India under the United Kingdom-India BIT.
  • Acting in a dispute with a foreign investor over gaming interests in a Southeast Asian country, concerning an alleged wrongful deprivation of profits stemming from those interests.

The firm: Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is a full-service law firm that was founded by Fikri Assegaf and Chandra Hamzah in 2001. Since then, it has grown rapidly, gaining a reputation for innovation, commercial acumen and for putting clients at the forefront of all that it does. Currently with 19 partners and 100 associates, all of its members have extensive experience representing blue-chip corporate clients, high-net-worth individuals, government institutions and major public enterprises.

In early 2014, the firm entered into a strategic alliance with Rajah & Tann, a Singapore-based law firm that is now the largest in Southeast Asia, to establish a common platform that includes offices or affiliates in Singapore, China, Thailand, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia and Myanmar, as well as regional desks focusing on Japan and South Asia. The tie-up significantly enhances the firm’s capacity to provide top-class cross-border legal services and affords clients access to an arsenal of more than 600 lawyers across the region.

Alongside its partnership with Rajah & Tann, the firm continues to work closely with a range of highly regarded domestic and international law firms on both Indonesian and overseas mandates so as to allow it to draw on international expertise and best practice across all leading jurisdictions. Rendering a full suite of legal and advisory services in Indonesian, English, Malay, Mandarin and Japanese, its lawyers pay particular attention to international legal developments and how these are likely to impact on Indonesia and clients’ interests.

Since its tie-up with Rajah & Tann, the firm’s growth has continued apace. In October 2013, it merged with boutique competition practice Rizkiyana & Iswanto, making it an Indonesian market leader in competition law. Then, in early 2016, it opened its new Surabaya office as part of its ongoing strategy to bring international quality legal services to major commercial and industrial centers across the country. Now with almost 120 lawyers, it is one of the few Indonesian law firms with the depth and breadth of expertise and experience to handle the most complex domestic and international deals.

AHP’s accolades include: Chambers Asia Pacific Indonesia Law Firm of the Year 2014, shortlisted for same in 2015 and 2016; Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 Band 1 firm in capital markets, competition/antitrust, banking and finance, corporate M&A and disputes, and Band 2 firm in real estate, employment, project finance and telecommunications; The Legal 500Asia Pacific 2017 Tier 1 firm in aviation, dispute resolution, IT and telecoms, capital markets, corporate/M&A and banking and finance, Tier 2 firm in shipping, employment, real estate and restructuring and insolvency, Tier 3 firm in tax and projects and energy, and Tier 4 firm in intellectual property.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance
Capital markets
General corporate
Competition law
Debt and corporate restructuring
Dispute resolution
Energy, oil and gas
Foreign direct investment
Intellectual property
Islamic finance
Labour law
Mergers and acquisitions
Projects and natural resources
Real estate and construction
Shipping and aviation
Tax and customs
Technology, media and telecommunications
Anti-corruption compliance
Photo Name Position Profile
Bono Daru Adji photo Bono Daru Adji Managing Partner, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Ahmad Fikri Assegaf photo Ahmad Fikri Assegaf Partner and Co-Founder, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Chandra M. Hamzah photo Chandra M. Hamzah Partner, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Eri Hertiawan photo Eri Hertiawan Co-Head, Dispute Resolution, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Zacky Zainal Hussein photo Zacky Zainal Hussein Partner, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Dewi Kamaratih Soeharto photo Dewi Kamaratih Soeharto Co-Head, Intellectual Property, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Ahmad Maulana photo Ahmad Maulana Partner, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Number of lawyers : 119
Contacts : Fikri Assegaf (