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ABNR Counsellors at Law

Indonesia > Antitrust and competition Tier 1

With a specialist competition practice, ABNR Counsellors at Law is highly experienced in cartel investigations, dominant positions, merger control, as well as general compliance matters. The team is jointly led by Chandrawati Dewi who is particularly strong in assisting international clients with the competition elements of inbound investments, and foreign counsel and competition law specialist Gustaaf Reerink who specialises in merger controls. Senior associate Bilal Anwari also specialises in competition and regularly advises clients on appeals before the Indonesian Competition Law Authority. The team regularly works with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP  on cross-border matters.

Indonesia > Aviation Tier 1

Representing big names in this space such as Air Lease Corporation and Macuarie Rotorcroft Leasing, ABNR Counsellors at Law handles aircraft leasing, financing, and restructuring. Most mandates are handled by banking and finance expert Emir Nurmansayah, corporate foreign counsel Gustaaf Reerink and restructuring specialist Kevin Sidharta. The team recently advised Castlelake on the debt financing of 21 new Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft, which totalled to $2.4bn.

Indonesia > Banking and finance Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law is a leading independent firm for project finance, acquisition finance and corporate finance, with additional experience in sustainable and Islamic structures. Primarily acting on the lender side, the team acts for both local and international banks, with expertise in both syndicated, consortium and bilateral financing. Emir Nurmansyah leads the practice and alongside banking and finance has expertise in complementary areas such as restructuring, corporate and project finance.

Indonesia > Capital markets Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law is a very strong independent firm that regularly works alongside international law firms on cross-border deals, as exemplified by its recent work alongside Latham & Watkins LLP on Pertmina’s $1.5b global bond offering on the Singapore Stock Exchange. The team has expertise in both debt and equity offerings, acting for both issuers, arrangers, and underwriters. Chandrawati Dewi and Rita T Taufik are the two key names of note.

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Indonesia > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Attracting clients from Asia, Europe, and the US, ABNR Counsellors at Law primarily advises on M&A, private equity, FDI restructurings, joint ventures, and general commercial matters. Practice head Agus Ahadi Deradjat is best known for his work in the TMT and life sciences sectors, primarily focusing on M&A and FDI work. Emir Nurmansyah handles a varied workload, mostly focusing on the technology, energy, and manufacturing industries. Foreign investors also benefit from the firm’s specialist competition practice.

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Indonesia > IT, Telecoms and Fintech Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law is a popular choice for major US and Chinese tech companies for advising on their operations in Indonesia, with a particular focus on social media, fintech, gaming, data privacy and telecoms infrastructure. Senior partner Agus Ahadi Deradjat leads the team and has advised major social media companies on their investments and regulatory compliance. Meanwhile Kevin Sidharta has been focusing on non-disclosure agreements and privacy policies for major technology companies, we well as licensing work for their telecommunications network in Indonesia.

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Indonesia > Labour and employment Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law advises major manufacturers such as Daimler, Merck & Co and Daimler on contentious and non-contentious issues. Nafis Adwani leads the practice and advises on contracts, immigration, HR policies and outsourcing. Indra Setiawan also heads up the team and an expert in industrial relations, and has acted before the Industrial Relations Court and Supreme Court.

Indonesia > Projects and energy Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law is a leading independent firm in this space, with a client base including state-owned-enterprises as well as major Chinese and Japanese energy investors. Oil and gas and transport projects are the two key areas of interest, with additional expertise in sustainable energy projects including hydropower and waste-to-energy developments. Emir Nurmansyah leads the practice and has a broad skillset covering project finance, corporate transactions, and restructuring.

Indonesia > Real estate Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law very broad practice covers both contentious and non-contentious real estate issues,  and has been a key name in the market for the development of shopping malls. Rita T Taufik leads the team and has advised foreign investors and state-owned-enterprises on projects concerning retail, leisure, hospitality and infrastructure. Project finance expert Giffy Pardede has also advised on property developments, most notably involving real estate investment trusts.

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Indonesia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law has advised on a number of complex bankruptcies in the region involving court supervision, objecting bondholders and corruption charges. Emir Nurmansayah leads the practice and has been notably active in bankruptcies involving the natural resources sector. The practice has particular insight in this space through its restructuring and insolvency specialist Theodoor Bakker, who has advised on foreign law issues of bankruptcy reform in Indonesia.

Indonesia > Shipping Tier 1

ABNR Counsellors at Law  is instructed on a range of shipping work, which includes both contentious and non-contentious matters. For advisory work, the team advises on the registration and financing of major vessels, as well as marine insurance and cabotage issues. On the disputes side, the group acts on vessel arrests, cargo claims and liability issues. Most mandates are handled by banking and finance partner Emir Nurmansyah and litigator Sahat Siahaan.

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‘ABNR has an experienced and knowledgeable shipping law team.’

‘Sahat Siahaan and Muhammad Muslim are both helpful and thorough in their approach, with excellent English language skills.’

Indonesia > Dispute resolution Tier 2

ABNR Counsellors at Law is a leading firm for shipping disputes in the market and also very strong in contentious issues surrounding commercial agreements, construction, energy and infrastructure projects, and employment. Sahat Siahaan jointly leads the practice and is an expert in litigation and arbitration in both a local and international context. He is also very experienced in the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Indonesia. He leads the team alongised Ulyarta Naibaho who acted in the Supreme Court and district courts in commercial litigation and currently very active in real estate disputes.

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.

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Photo Name Position Profile
 Nurdin Adiwibowo  photo Nurdin Adiwibowo Partner
 Nafis Adwani  photo Nafis Adwani
Mr Agus Ahadi Deradjat  photo Mr Agus Ahadi Deradjat Partner
 Monic Devina  photo Monic Devina Partner
Ms Chandrawati Dewi  photo Ms Chandrawati Dewi Partner
Mr Ayik Candrawulan Gunadi  photo Mr Ayik Candrawulan Gunadi Partner
 Elsie Hakim  photo Elsie Hakim Partner
Mr Freddy Karyadi  photo Mr Freddy Karyadi Partner
Mr Herry Nuryanto Kurniawan  photo Mr Herry Nuryanto Kurniawan Partner
 Serafina Muryanti  photo Serafina Muryanti Partner
 Ulyarta Naibaho  photo Ulyarta Naibaho Partner
Mr Emir Nurmansyah  photo Mr Emir Nurmansyah Partner.
Mr Woody Pananto  photo Mr Woody Pananto Partner
 Giffy Pardede  photo Giffy Pardede Partner
 Gustaaf Reerink photo Gustaaf Reerink Foreign Counsel (equivalent of partner)
Ms Ricky S Nazir  photo Ms Ricky S Nazir Partner
 Indra Setiawan  photo Indra Setiawan Partner
Mr Sahat Siahaan  photo Mr Sahat Siahaan Partner
 Kevin Sidharta photo Kevin Sidharta Partner
Ms Yanny Suryaretina  photo Ms Yanny Suryaretina Partner
Ms Rita T Taufik  photo Ms Rita T Taufik Partner
Number of lawyers : 120
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Contacts : Ayik Gunadi (
Contacts : Nurdin Adiwibowo (