Michael D Twomey > SSEK Law Firm > Jakarta, Indonesia > Lawyer Profile

SSEK Law Firm

Work Department

Mergers and acquisitions, mining, oil and gas, private power, project finance, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, shipping


Foreign Legal Advisor


Michael D. Twomey has been an advisor to SSEK since the firm’s founding in 1992. He is experienced in a wide range of corporate, commercial and financial law fields, and advises clients on complex and major transactions in many of Indonesia’s most dynamic sectors, including the oil and gas (both upstream and downstream), mining, private power, hotel, real estate and shipping sectors.

Michael has been recognized numerous times over the years by legal directories as a leading lawyer in Indonesia for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, projects and natural resources, and real estate. He has been described as “the most talented foreign legal consultant in Jakarta” (IFLR1000).

Before joining SSEK, Michael was associated with the New York law firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP, where he specialized in real estate finance and mortgage loan syndication.

One client told IFLR1000 that Michael is “the most talented foreign legal consultant in Jakarta.” Another told IFLR1000, “Indonesia’s a kind of place where you need to know the right people to get things working. [Mike Twomey] has been there a long time, and that’s a great added value to the project.”

Representative Matters

  • Advising an American multinational on a project to develop a mine mouth coal gasification plant for the processing of coal into dimethyl ether through an advance regasification process, with our work including assisting with the establishment of the joint venture project company.
  • Advising property developers on various projects to develop hotels, offices, and apartment towers (both for lease and condominiums) in Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali.
  • Representing a multinational company in connection with its development of a solar power plant in Sulawesi.
  • Advising consortium members developing a national strategic project on obtaining tax holidays, a stabilization guarantee and other facilities and incentives from the Government of Indonesia.
  • Representing BW Offshore in the negotiation of a lease for a FPSO to Kangean Energy and a US$250 million project financing of several Floating Production Storage Offloading units by major Institutional Lenders as well as on issues that have arisen under the lease.
  • Assisting a national petroleum and natural gas company based in the Middle East with the development of a refinery in Indonesia.




  • New York State Bar
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia


  • Yale University, B.A. Economics, (graduated magna cum laude with distinction), 1980
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1986

Lawyer Rankings

Indonesia > Real estate

SSEK Law Firm houses a diverse real estate practice, assisting with land acquisitions, property developments, financings, sales and leasing matters in addition to acting in real estate disputes. The firm has acted for clients in the tourism and hospitality sectors, especially within Jakarta and Bali, and the energy and natural resources sector. The real estate practice is led jointly by Denny Rahmansyah, who particularly specialises in real estate work related to hospitality properties, and Michael Twomey, who advises multi-national coperations on commercial real estate development. Other members of note are Michael Carl, who is active in the natural resources sector, and Nico Mooduto for his work on data centre developments.

Indonesia > Corporate and M&A

SSEK Law Firm is noted for the way in which it ‘understands the legal regulatory landscape in Indonesia and its implementation in practice‘; the group assists high-profile multinational clients across a range of sectors with their regulatory and transactional mandates. Ira Eddymurthy heads up the work, specialising in M&A and foreign investment across insurance, healthcare, and natural resources. Dewi Savitri Reni is noted for her work with multinational and domestic clients in natural resources and manufacturing, as well as her focus on M&A in the technology space. Foreign counsels Michael Twomey and Michael Carl both also have a focus on mandates relating to natural resources. Fransiscus Rodyanto and Jonathan Streifer complete the roster of key contacts.

Indonesia > Projects and energy

Handling the development and delivery of significant infrastructure projects, SSEK Law Firm acts in matters pertaining to solar facilities, data centres, airports and PPP projects. The firm is active in the renewable energy sector, aiding multinationals in their cleanup of project sites and on novel projects involving plastic credits. Project finance specialist  Michael Twomey heads the team along with Fitriana Mahiddin, and is actively involved in major transactions relating to oil & gas, mining and power. Michael Carl advises on project finance matters in the energy and mining sectors. At the associate level, Aldilla Suwana is also of note.