Ms Stephanie Kandou > Makarim & Taira S. > Jakarta, Indonesia > Lawyer Profile

Makarim & Taira S.

Work Department

Banking & Finance Infrastructure & Project Finance Mergers & Acquisitions Foreign Investment, Corporate & Commercials


Stephanie Kandou has been representing major multinational institutions as well as national companies, in various legal matters, particularly in banking and finance, mergers & acquisitions, and other transactional work in Indonesia. Her practice highlights include complex financial transactions acting for both lenders and major corporate borrowers and she has also been involved in project finance transactions. In mergers & acquisitions, she has acted both for acquirers and acquirees in various M&A transactions in Indonesia.

With more than 13 years of experience, Stephanie has also been advising clients in foreign investment and general corporate practice, as well as capital market, such as IPO and bonds issuance. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in law from Universitas Indonesia with a cum laude predicate and continued her education in Erasmus University Rotterdam in Rotterdam, the Netherlands where she graduated with an LL.M in 2009. Stephanie has been part of the firm since 2010.


Indonesia and English


  • S.H. (2007) Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia
  • LL.M. (2009) Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Netherlands

Lawyer Rankings

Indonesia > IT, Telecoms and Fintech

Makarim & Taira S. is active in the deregulation of the Indonesian telecoms industry, advising clients on the regulatory aspects of new technological developments, and otherwise is noted for its offering in the finance space in relation to novel payment services. Maria Sagrado coheads this work with a particular specialism in structuring foreign investment and financial transactions, representing investors from China, US, UK, Singapore, and the EU. Frederick Simanjuntak is the other co-head, acting for numerous fintech start-ups on regulatory issues and cross-border transactions. Stephanie Kandou is also of note.

Indonesia > Corporate and M&A

Makarim & Taira S. offers a range of services, with strengths in foreign investment, share and asset acquisitions, M&A more generally, and corporate restructures. The firm deploys its expertise in complementary areas – namely, employment, IP, competition, real estate, and disputes – to provide a well-rounded offering. Foreign legal consultant Hilton King is a key contact, particularly f0r M&A and investment work in the industrial, energy, natural resources, and infrastructure sectors. Rahayu Ningsih Hoed similarly lends her extensive experience to the team, with Stephanie Kandou and Norma Mutalib also being of note for their transactional and franchising expertise, respectively.

Indonesia > Banking and finance

Makarim & Taira S. has an excellent reputation for advising Chinese banks and financial institutions, export credit agencies, and international banks on work concerning the Indonesian market. The firm also has experience in handling matters involving aviation finance, Islamic finance, project finance, and fintech. Managing partner Maria Sagrado and Frederick Simanjuntak co-lead the practice; Simanjuntak has established expertise in advising on syndicated lending and project finance matters concerning the energy, aviation and private equity sectors. Stephanie Kandou handles transactional work in the department.