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Makarim & Taira S.

Work Department

Construction, Employment, Foreign Investment & General Corporate Practice, Infrastructure and Major Project, Mergers and Acquisitions, Mining and Energy, Real Estate, Transportation


Hilton is one of Indonesia’s most experienced foreign legal consultants, and has practised in Indonesia for over 30 years, including 8 years as General Counsel of a diversified Indonesian investment group.

Hilton’s practice primarily focuses on investment and M&A transactions, with deep experience in energy, minerals and infrastructure projects. Hilton represented several IPPs through the development phase, and through restructurings with PLN and lenders following the ASEAN economic crisis, has been engaged on many electricity and mining company acquisitions and financings. He also acted for successful bidders on Indonesian Government privatizations, including the Surabaya container terminal.

In recent years highlights of Hilton’s practice have included advising on: PT Freeport Indonesia’s planned copper smelter development in East Java, the acquisition of PT Softex Indonesia by Kimberly-Clark Corp., the PT Paiton Energy US$ 2 billion bond issue and enhanced term loan, and the sale by Ferro of its Indonesian tile coatings subsidiaries to LoneStar.

Clients Hilton has represented include:
Freeport Indonesia, General Electric, BHP Billiton, Mitsubishi Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, Bluescope Steel, Leightons Indonesia, KBR, P&O Group, Duke Energy, El Paso Corp, Itochu Corporation, Arnott’s, BAT, Eli Lilly, GSK, Taisho Pharmaceutical, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, BAE Systems, J Power, JBIC, Sinosure, ACE Insurance, Sompo Insurance, VISA, CEVA / TNT Logistics, Kimberly-Clark Corp., Ramsay Health Care, Lufthansa Systems, Sampoerna Strategic, SingTel, Halliburton, KBR, Rolls Royce, Ferro Corporation, Linde, AEC.


English, Indonesian


  • Legal Secretary, The Board of Trustees of the British International School, Jakarta
  • Honorary Legal Advisor, The British Ambassador to Indonesia


LL.B and B. Comm (1985) University of Melbourne, Australia

Lawyer Rankings

Indonesia > Restructuring and insolvency

Led by senior partner Rahayu Ningsih Hoed, the team at Makarim & Taira S. acts for multinational financial institutions on insurance liability issues, in addition to advising foreign banks on bankruptcy proceedings and restructuring matters concerning Indonesian companies. On account of its alliances with Drew & Napier LLC in Singapore, and Shearn Delamore & Co in Malaysia, the practice is well-placed to manage cross-border instructions. Managing partner Lia Alizia represents clients in bankruptcy cases, while foreign consultant Hilton King advises on restructurings matters in the mining sector.

Indonesia > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Hilton KingMakarim & Taira S.

Makarim & Taira S. has a strong track record in the corporate arena and advises clients on share and asset acquisitions, M&A, joint ventures and restructurings. The team is jointly led by Rahayu Ningsih Hoed and Hilton King, with Ningsih recommended for M&A transactions, arbitration, employment, and project financing, and King focusing on investments and transactions, with particular experience in the energy, minerals and infrastructure sectors. Stephanie Kandou and Norma Mutalib were promoted to partner in February 2022.

Indonesia > IT, Telecoms and Fintech

Makarim & Taira S. has demonstrable experience advising on M&As and joint ventures in the telecoms sector, in addition to handling the regulatory aspects of technological developments. Maria Sagrado, who acts for clients on peer-to-peer lending matters, jointly leads the practice alongside corporate and finance expert Frederick Simanjuntak, who handles finance transactions in the technology space. Hilton King remains a key contact in the team.

Indonesia > Projects and energy

(Hall of Fame)

Hilton King   –Makarim & Taira S.

Makarim & Taira S. advises on the entire project lifecycle, from bid preparation and negotiation of contracts to land acquisitions and licensing matters, in addition to project-related disputes. Counting PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy, PT Amman Mineral Industri and PT Cikarang Listrindo, to name a few, among its key roster of clients, the practice has experience across the power, oil and gas, telecoms, ports, airports and utilities sectors. Rahayu Ningsih Hoed focuses on project financings and land acquisitions for infrastructure and mining projects. Hoed spearheads the team alongside ‘great leaderVincent Ariesta Lie, who is noted for his expertise in the energy and natural resources sector, and foreign legal consultant Hilton King, who advises on energy, minerals and infrastructure projects.