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ABNR Counsellors at Law

Indonesia > Antitrust and competition Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law has demonstrable experience across the full range of antitrust law matters and is well-placed to collaborate with leading international firms, such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, on cross-border mandates across Asia and Europe. With notable expertise in the commodities, consumer goods, TMT, pharmaceutical and e-commerce sectors, the practice advises on cartel investigations, dominant position and merger control issues, as well as regulatory compliance work and litigation. In the last year, the team boosted its client roster, including Warner Bros and Magna International, among others. Chandrawati Dewi, who acts for domestic and multinational clients on merger control issues, jointly leads the practice alongside Gustaaf Reerink, who is a Dutch-qualified competition law expert. Noted for his expertise in the TMT sector, Agus Ahadi Deradjat focuses on antitrust matters and is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Chandrawati Dewi; Gustaaf Reerink

Other key lawyers:

Agus Ahadi Deradjat; Bilal Anwari


‘Quick and practical handling of filing.’

‘Gustaaf Reerink has a good understanding of the global merger control process and ability to take this into account for the Indonesian process. Smooth handling of filing preparation and notification process.’

‘The team is led by Gustaaf Reerink, who has a top-tier global competition law practice. He strongly leads the team with global standard and at the same time, maintain the strength as a local law firm, where each of the lawyers can effectively communicate with the competition law authority (KPPU).’

Key clients

Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC)

Private Limited


B&C Group

Magna International Inc.



Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc.

Eagle Nice (International) Holdings Limited

Indonesia > Aviation Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law handles the full spectrum of aviation mandates, including aviation liability, aircraft insurance and reinsurance, in addition to aircraft and aircraft-engine financing. Other key areas of expertise include high-end transactions, including aircraft repossession cases, as well as restructurings and insolvencies, as demonstrated by its advice on the Indonesian court-sanctioned debt restructuring of PT Mandala Airlines. Practice leader Emir Nurmansyah has demonstrable experience in aircraft financing and restructuring matters, while Gustaaf Reerink advises on acquisitions and leasing work. Other key contacts in the group include Kevin Sidharta, Nurdin Adiwibowo and senior associate Reynard Kevin Munando. In addition to its diverse roster of leading industry clients, including Air Lease Corporation and Pacific Aerospace, the team regularly handles the Indonesian aspects of aviation matters on behalf of international law firms.

Practice head(s):

Emir Nurmansyah

Indonesia > Banking and finance Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law is well-regarded in the market for offshore and onshore financings, including domestic and cross-border syndicated and bilateral lending transactions, and leveraged and acquisition finance. The firm is active in the projects and infrastructure sector, advising on public-private partnership (PPP) projects and project finance initiatives (PFIs), and handles loan restructuring and Islamic finance matters. The team is headed by Emir Nurmansyah, who has over 30 years’ experience in the sector and has particular expertise in the financing of large power projects. Elsie Hakim is a name to note for M&A, regulatory and compliance issues in the banking and finance sector, while Nurdin Adiwibowo stands out for his knowledge of foreign direct investment (FDI) and aviation finance. Giffy Pardede is another name for project finance and counts domestic state-owned banks and international lenders among his clientele; he has handled deals in the oil and gas, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and automotive sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Emir Nurmansyah

Indonesia > IT, Telecoms and Fintech Tier 1

Counting domestic and multinational telecoms, technology and software companies, as well as noteworthy social media platforms, among its key roster of clients, ABNR Counsellors at Law has been preoccupied with foreign direct investments, telecoms-related M&A transactions, e-commerce and data protection issues, among other matters. Practice leader Agus Ahadi Deradjat advises on foreign investments in the technology sector, in addition to representing fintech participants, including disruptive start-ups and leading financial institutions, on all aspects of their operations in Indonesia. Kevin Sidharta acts for technology, internet and social media companies on regulatory compliance matters, while Elsie Hakim focuses on work concerning fintech and e-commerce. Ayik Candrawulan Gunadi is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Agus Ahadi Deradjat

Other key lawyers:


‘The team at ABNR are easy to deal with and seamlessly bolt on to our project team. I feel confident about getting the right answer to my client’s questions.’

‘Ayik Candrawulan Gunadi is a leader in TMT law in the Indonesian market. He is flexible and very responsive.’

Indonesia > Labour and employment Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law provides an end-to-end service to its roster of clients and advises on the full spectrum of employment matters, from employment contracts, employment of expatriates and termination policies to employee benefits and entitlement, as well as regulatory and compliance issues. Other key areas of expertise include representing employers during negotiations with employees and labour unions, in relation to industrial disputes and strikes, in addition to proposed terminations. Nafis Adwani, who acts for domestic and multinational clients on employment contracts, immigration matters, HR policies, outsourcing, redundancy and TUPE issues, jointly leads the practice alongside Indra Setiawan, who advises on contentious manpower mandates.

Practice head(s):

Nafis Adwani; Indra Setiawan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients



Merck & Co Inc.






Daimler AG



TEVA Pharmaceuticals

KMK Global Sports

Indonesia > Projects and energy Tier 1

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:

Indonesia > Real estate Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law has demonstrable experience across the full spectrum of real estate matters, including land acquisitions and due diligence, commercial leases, property-related financing and commercial real estate development projects, as well as M&As and private equity transactions. Counting domestic and international corporations among its key roster of clients, the team frequently collaborates with the firm’s projects and energy group to advise on the real estate aspects of high-end energy and infrastructure projects, including power plant, airport and railway developments. Practice leader Rita Tyastuti Taufik is noted for her expertise in real estate-related joined ventures and M&A transactions. Other key members of the team include Agus Ahadi Deradjat, Giffy Pardede and foreign counsel Gustaaf Reerink.

Practice head(s):

Rita Tyastuti Taufik

Indonesia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law has demonstrable experience advising on high-end debt restructurings in the oil and gas, aviation, shipping and financial services sectors. The ongoing restructuring of PT Garuda Indonesia has dominated the practice's workload, acting simultaneously for the majority of the lenders and over 500 creditors, in addition to its advice on the $4.5bn debt restructuring of Bumi Resources. Emir Nurmansyah, who advises on restructuring and insolvency matters in the shipping and aviation sectors, spearheads the team, with the support of foreign counsel Theodoor Bakker and Kevin Sidharta.

Practice head(s):

Emir Nurmansyah

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Airbus SAS

CFM International Inc

ICBC Aviation Leasing Company

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

DAE (Ireland) Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Aviation Capital Group LLC

Engine Leasing Finance Corporation

Export Development of Canada (EDC)

Aircastle Singapore Pte Ltd

Standard Chartered Bank (Aviation Finance)

Altavair Ltd

ITOCHU Corporation


Fuyo General Lease. Co. Ltd

China Aircraft Leasing (CALC)

Airborne Capital (UK) Limited

Macquarie AirFinance

China Merchants Bank Leasing Co., Ltd

Air Lease Corporation

Total Engine Asset Management

Airbus Atlantic

Anuvu Corp

Incheon International Airport Corporation

Rockwell Collins Inc.

B/e Aerospace (UK) Limited

Arinc Inc

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE)

Indonesia > Shipping Tier 1

Counting The Shipowners Asia, Maritime Mutual and Meratus Line among its key roster of clients, ABNR Counsellors at Law advises on a broad range of maritime and shipping matters concerning cabotage, ship financing, charges and securitisation, and marine insurance. The team’s contentious offering is one of the largest of its ilk in Indonesia, with experience across a range of disputes, from vessel arrests, cargo claims and charterparty disputes to vessel collisions and salvage issues, marine insurance disputes and oil spills. Emir Nurmansyah leads the practice group, while Sahat Siahaan is noted for his expertise in high-value shipping disputes. Other key contacts in the team include Ulyarta Naibaho and associate Muhammad Muslim.

Practice head(s):

Emir Nurmansyah

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

NYK Line

PAN Ocean

Mediterranea di Navigazione S.P.A

Mertaus Line

Maritime Mutual

British Marine P&I Club

Steamship Insurance Management Services Ltd.

Japan P&I Club

Shipowners Asia Pte. Ltd

Spica Services Indonesia

Japan Ship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association

Braemar Technical Services (now AqualisBraemar)

PT Djakarta Lloyd (Persero)

Wallenius Willhelmsen Logistics AS

Bollore Logistics

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V

Indonesia > Capital markets Tier 2

ABNR Counsellors at Law advises Indonesian companies and multinational corporations on foreign and domestic debt and equity offerings. It acts for issuers and arrangers/underwriters on IPOs and secondary offerings, private placements, and medium- and long-term debt offerings, as well as sovereign bond issuances. Chandrawati Dewi heads the practice and focuses on M&A, foreign direct investment (FDI), competition and antitrust, and capital markets. Rita Taufik is another key practitioner, who is active in the financial services, manufacturing, consumer goods, and oil and gas sectors.

Practice head(s):

Chandrawati Dewi

Other key lawyers:

Indonesia > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

ABNR Counsellors at Law acts for domestic and international clients, including multinational corporations, investment and private equity funds, venture capitalists, strategic investors and vulture funds on the full range of M&A issues. Key areas of focus include compliance, due diligence on deals, tax and financial matters. The firm has a strong antitrust and competition practice which it utilises to provide ancillary expertise on transactional matters. Head of practice Agus Ahadi Deradjat   is experienced in the life sciences, technology, telecoms, e-commerce and automotive sectors and has recently been handling a number of foreign direct investment (FDI) transactions. Emir Nurmansayah is a key practitioner, experienced in M&A and FDI, and often assists the firm’s projects and energy clients on the corporate aspects of their operations.

Practice head(s):

Agus Ahadi Deradjat

Other key lawyers:

Emir Nurmansyah; Giffy Pardede; Rita Taufik


‘ABNR has looked after our corporate accounts for more than 30 years. We are extremely satisfied with their professionalism and responsiveness and the quality of their opinions.’

‘They have performed legal due diligence on behalf of us, so that we can mitigate potential risks.’

‘With ABNR’s assistance, we’ve smoothly completed the acquisition within 6 months and fulfilled all of the requirements both in Indonesia and HK.’

‘The ABNR team leader for our transaction is Agus Ahadi Deradjat, who has lead the team effectively, and has responded our inquiries timely and patiently.’

‘What makes this practice unique is the level of complexity being faced from the perspective of applicable laws and regulations which required a high level of knowledge and skills to solve any problems and provide legal opinions for the required solution.’

‘Their main ability is to provide solutions to a very complex situation with less clear law without putting the client on a risk of violation.’

‘The innovation that we really feel is the strong collaboration and engagement.’

‘Overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend the team, and would gladly work with them again.’

Indonesia > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Housing a sizeable disputes practice, ABNR Counsellors at Law advises on a broad range of contentious matters, including litigation, arbitration and ADR, and is active in all levels of the Indonesian court system, as well as in international arbitration forums such as SIAC, KLIAC and HKIAC. It is particularly active in the commercial, shipping, projects, construction, employment and restructuring arenas and the team is jointly led by Sahat Siahaan and Ulyarta Naibaho. Siahaan is an experienced litigator and Naibaho handles disputes pertaining to corporate crime, environmental issues, FDI, mining and cybercrime, and also assists clients with anti-corruption and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Sahat Siahaan; Ulyarta Naibaho

Other key lawyers:

Nafis Adwani


‘The team is really prompt to answer any legal support requested.’

‘They have intense knowledge of any legal need in relation to the establishment of a company, doing business in Indonesia.’                  

Key clients

PT Multi Bintang Indonesia

General Electric (GE), PT Baker Hughes Indonesia, and PT Baker Hughes’ subsidiaries

NYK Line

Merck & Co., Inc., and its Indonesian subsidiary PT Merck Sharp Dohme Pharma Tbk

Gunnebo Group, and its Indonesian subsidiaries, PT Indolok Bakti Utama and PT Chubb Safes Indonesia

PT Merck Tbk, the Indonesian subsidiary of Germany-based science and technology company Merck KGaA

Daimler Group, and its Indonesian subsidiaries PT Daimler Commercial Vehicles Indonesia (DCVI), PT Mercedes Benz Indonesia (MBIna), PT Mercedes Benz Distribution Indonesia (MBDIna)

Artha Graha International

Saipem S.p.A., and its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Saipem Indonesia

National Oilwell  Varco (NOV) and its Indonesian subsidiaries, PT NOV Indonesia and PT National Oilwell  Varco

ABNR Counsellors at Law

As the country’s longest-established law firm (founded 1967), ABNR pioneered the development of international commercial law in Indonesia following the reopening of its economy to foreign investment after a period of isolationism in the early 1960s.

With 25 partners (including Indonesian and foreign counsel) and around 85 other fee earners, we are the largest independent, full-service law firm in Indonesia and one of the country’s top-three law firms by lawyer numbers, giving us the scale needed to simultaneously handle large and complex transnational deals across the entire practice-area spectrum.

We also have global reach as the exclusive Lex Mundi (LM) member firm for Indonesia since 1991. LM is the world’s leading network of independent law firms, with members in more than 100 countries. ABNR’s position as LM member firm for Indonesia was reconfirmed for a further six-year period in 2018.

Through our work over the years, we have become intimately acquainted with our clients’ businesses. We offer particular experience, expertise and industry-specific knowledge in financial services, manufacturing, consumer goods, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals & healthcare, education, oil & gas, general mining, power & renewables, real estate & construction, shipping, aviation, automotive, telecommunications, plantations & agriculture, and tourism & hospitality.

We continue to value the personal touch and are proud of our reputation for responsiveness. Our lawyers are business savvy and fully understand that — alongside legal expertise and experience — timeliness and value for money are of the utmost importance to our clients.

ABNR is an equal opportunity firm, as shown by the fact that more than 40 percent of our partners are women. We are also committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR) in such key areas as education, the environment and human rights, as evidenced by the training and scholarships we offer to aspiring young lawyers through the ABNR Foundation, and the pro bono services we provide to non-governmental and civil society organizations.

Further information about ABNR can be found at www.abnrlaw.com.

Number of lawyers : 120
Lex Mundi
Contacts : Emir Nurmansyah (enurmansyah@abnrlaw.com)
Contacts : Ayik Gunadi (agunadi@abnrlaw.com)
Contacts : Nurdin Adiwibowo (nadiwibowo@abnrlaw.com)