The Legal 500 - Asia Pacific (2021)
Antitrust and Competition - Tier 1
Aviation - Tier 1
Banking and Finance - Tier 1
Capital Markets - Tier 1
Corporate and M&A - Tier 1
Dispute Resolution - Tier 1
Intellectual Property - Tier 2
IT and Telecoms - Tier 1
Labour and Employment - Tier 1
Projects and Energy - Tier 2
Real Estate - Tier 1
Restructuring and Insolvency - Tier 2
Shipping - Tier 1
Tax - Tier 1
Ahmad Fikri Assegaf - Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Capital Markets
Bono Daru Adji - Capital Markets
Chandra Hamzah - Dispute Resolution
Farid Nasution - Antitrust & Competition
Wibowo Mukti – Tax
Zacky Hussein - IT and Telecoms
Next Generation Lawyer:
Carol Lim - Corporate and M&A
Indira Yustikania - Banking and Finance
Mohammad Renaldi Zulkarnain - Capital Markets
Astrid Widyakartika - Capital Markets
Wildan Lukman Nurmajid - Shipping
Antitrust and Competition
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is uniquely positioned in the market due to members of team having previously worked for the Indonesian competition legal authority (KPPU), an advantage which has led the group to advising on high profile appeals against the KPPU. HMBC Rikrik Rizkiyana was involved in the drafting of the country’s consumer and competition law and is highly skilled in merger control and cartel investigations. Farid Nasution formerly worked for the prosecution division of the KPPU and is adept in handling competition litigation and merger filings. The firm enjoys a strategic alliance with Singaporean law firm Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP.
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is the standout firm for aviation disputes, with a client roster consisting of three of the country’s six major airlines. Eri Hertiawan is an expert in both litigation and arbitration and has acted on disputes that typically falls under commercial agreements and consumer law. Recent instructions include acting for Garuda Indonesia in its lawsuit against a Rolls Royce subsidiary concerning the fraudulent behaviour of a former director.
Banking and Finance
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners’ core areas of focus include project, property and acquisition finance mandates, with expertise in handling syndicated and bilateral structures. Founding partner Ibrahim Assegaf leads the practice and has advised lenders on the financing and refinancing of major energy projects. Fellow founder Ahmad Fikri Assegaf has very broad capabilities and a key name in the market for Islamic finance. Yanu Wiriasmoko, who is highly skilled in corporate finance, is another key name.
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is particularly prominent in the areas of sovereign and Sukuk issuances, with a client roster including major financial institutions as well as high profile state-owned entities. Managing partner Bono Daru Adji is respected name within this space, mostly known for his work US and Eurobond offerings. Putu Suryastuti leads the capital markets team and specialises in sovereign and shelf registered bonds. He is supported by Mohammad Renaldi Zulkarnain and Intan Paramita.
Corporate and M&A
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners client roster contains major public and private domestic companies as well as international investors from China, Japan, and the USA, amongst other regions. Eko Basyuni leads the practice and is an expert in M&A, with additional expertise in complementary areas such as capital markets and FDI. Founding partner Fikri Assegaf is another key name, noted for his longstanding expertise in M&A, private equity, and venture capital transactions. Managing partner Bono Daru Adji is also an important figure and has been advising local tech giant GoJek on its inward and outward investment in the Fintech and e-commerce space. Another standout feature is its specialist teams in areas such as competition and tax and customs. Although not exclusively affiliated, the firm is part of the Singaporean law firm Rajah & Tann’s international network.
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners’s highly respected team has regularly appeared before the Supreme Court and district courts, as well as acting on international and domestic arbitration. Senior partner Eri Hertiawan is a key name in the market for alternative dispute resolution, as illustrated by his recent appointment as member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. His disputes have involved corporate, banking aviation, criminal and competition law cases. Founding partner Chandra Hamzah is another key name and most notably known for his work handling anti-corruption cases.
IT and Telecoms
Advising international and local technology companies, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners’ has been active in advising on corporate, commercial and regulatory work, especially in areas such as fintech, OTT services, data storage, telecoms and cloud computing. Zacky Zainal Hussein leads the TMT practice and focuses on the aforementioned areas, bringing a unique insight due to his former role as Head of Legal of local telecoms provider Indosat. Additionally M&A partner Bono Daru Adji has been regularly instructed by local tech giant Gojek on their corporate transactions.
Labour and Employment
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has a notably strong disputes offering and has acted before the Labour Court, Industrial Court and Central Jakarta District Court, and has also acted on out of court settlements and arbitration tribunals. Ahmad Maulana leads the practice and is highly skilled in employment investigations, suspected fraud and industrial relations.
Advising local and international clients, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has a strong track record in advising on the development of major industrial property developments in the region. Practice head Yogi Sudrajat is an expert in both contentious and non-contentious real estate, more specifically in areas such as land acquisitions, tenancy disputes and lease agreements.
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has expertise in contentious and non-contentious shipping issues through its experienced banking and finance partner Chandra Hamzah and renowned litigator Eri Hertiawan. Its shipping disputes work primarily involves financing and competition related issues as well as casualties. Other areas of interest include advising on charter parties, cargo claims and securitisation.
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is well placed to handle all aspects of contentious and non-contentious tax work with former government tax auditor Wibowo Mukti leading the practice. Mukti is a fully licensed tax consultant and has acted on appeals and judicial reviews before the tax court and Supreme Court. Muslimin Damanhuri is another key name and has been advising international companies such as Celta and Bytedance (owners of Tik Tok) on their tax arrangements in Indonesia.
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners’ intellectual property practice consists of IP specialist Dewi Kamaratih Soeharto working alongside the multi-disciplined commercial litigator Chandra Hamzah. Soeharto is highly skilled in soft IP and has been advising Tik Tok on the numerous copyright issues emanating from the use of music on its digital platform. Meanwhile Hamzah has been very active in copyright and trademark infringement-related disputes.
Projects and Energy
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners benefits international sponsors with its ‘close contacts with the various regulatory and SOE bodies in Indonesia’, advising on major energy and transport projects in the region. Founding partner Ibrahim Assegaf jointly leads the team and is highly experienced in oil and gas projects, as well as major infrastructure projects. Kanya Satwika advised Abu Dhabi Future Energy on the first floating solar power project in Indonesia and the largest in Southeast Asia. Ahmad Fikri Assegaf is another important name and is highly experienced in satellite financing.
Restructuring and Insolvency
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has partners from its banking and finance and dispute resolution teams that regularly advise on major restructuring and insolvencies, more specifically in takeovers, recapitalisations and asset recoveries. Banking and finance head Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf has been advising on debt restructuring, the suspension of debt payments, as well as the restructuring of a Sharia financed structure. Litigator Eri Hertiawan works alongside the team when the bankruptcy goes to arbitration or litigation.