Fueled by a strong economy and changing regulations, Indonesia’s legal landscape is changing, leading to the emergence of a new breed of innovative law firms that combine local expertise with global perspectives. ALB highlights these leading firms based on their ability to overcome challenges and make significant impact on the market. The firms are listed alphabetically, and some firms have been featured with profiles.
To qualify, law ﬁrms must have a permanent base and have 10 or fewer partners. The selection criteria includes:
- Growth of the law ﬁrm in the past 12 months, such as opening new ofﬁces, increasing headcount/revenue, or other forms of expansion
- Involvement in important deals or cases
- Key clients
- Recognition through public awards or other signiﬁcant accolades
ATD LAW (IN ASSOCIATION WITH MORI HAMADA & MATSUMOTO)
ATD Law was established in October last year with 12 fee-earners, including two partners and one counsel.
The ﬁrm offers a comprehensive range of corporate commercial practices, including M&A, banking and ﬁnance, foreign direct investment, real estate, employment, capital markets and other corporate practices.
ATD Law is renowned for its expertise in technology, media, and telecommunication (TMT), ﬁnancial technology, personal data protection, and privacy legal services. The new ﬁrm also capitalises on MHM’s extensive network, with ofﬁces throughout Southeast Asia and China, and has been involved in numerous cross-border investments and transactions in a short span.
Another fast-growing area of interest is environmental, social and governance (ESG), which encompasses a broad spectrum, including clean energy and human rights due diligence. ATD aims to meet some demand by bolstering its capability in practice areas such as employment.
One of its two key members is Abadi Abi Tisnadisastra, managing partner of ATD Law. He has received independent recognition as a leading practitioner in the Indonesian legal market, advising clients across various sectors, from ﬁnancial services to manufacturing and technology, including information technology, e-commerce and ﬁntech. He is experienced in cross-border M&A, corporate governance, and legal compliance.
The other key member is partner Alfa Dewi Setiawati. She advises ﬁnancial institutions on onshore and offshore ﬁnancings such as projects, syndication loans, and corporate restructurings, liquidations, and M&As across various sectors.
DEWI DJALAL & PARTNERS
Dewi Djalal & Partners (DDP), established in 2016, has 43 fee-earners, including three partners. The ﬁrm has seen a large increase in headcount this year, particularly for the corporate and liquidation teams.
It is expanding its main ofﬁce space in response to the continued growth, especially in liquidation and learning development teams. The need for this expansion is directly related to its responsibilities to oversee the liquidation of four unique ﬁrms during the current ﬁscal year.
DDP has demonstrable experience advising on all aspects of restructuring and insolvency matters. The ongoing one is a high-proﬁle policy restructuring in one of Indonesia’s biggest insurance companies, which has over $35 billion in total this year. Practice leader Dr. Dewi Djalal is extolled for her experience and is closely supported by Indra Ramadhona Sarumpaet and the well-placed team, who understand both theoretical and practical aspects of Indonesian restructuring and insolvency, as well as liquidation procedures.
Some of the major deals and litigations Dewi Djalal handled in the past year are advising clients and providing legal advice to one of the biggest prominent insurance companies in Indonesia during such signiﬁcant restructuring process on illegal acts and breach of contract, suspension of payment, state administration, and Industrial Relations cases. Also, recently, DDP advised a well-known Aviation Maintenance company in Indonesia on a dispute resolution settlement with one of the biggest aviation companies in Europe and successfully reached a resolution.
DDP focuses on providing high-quality legal advice in all aspects of its work and business transactions by delivering innovative and practical answers to the wide range of legal challenges to its clients, while maintaining a level of excellence that constantly surpasses their expectations. The lawyers are trained to provide clients with a high and prompt level of responsiveness while maintaining both conﬁdentiality and quality in the standard of the works. In the future, DDP aims to put its primary focus on gaining new clients while maintaining connections with existing ones by putting clients ﬁrst policy. For that purpose, DDP has been improving client communication and engagement as important drivers. It acknowledges the importance of maintaining a positive reputation within the legal profession and among the clients in the pursuit of continual improvement.
LOKA LAW OFFICE (IN ASSOCIATION WITH GI&T LAW OFFICE)
Established in 2019, Loka Law Office has been strongly growing despite the circumstances affected by COVID-19, and it currently has eight fee-earners, including one partner, one associate partner and one counsel. With its strategic afﬁliation with a Tokyo-based law ﬁrm, GI&T Law Ofﬁce, Loka is determined to provide solid and seamless legal services across the globe.
As the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact wears off, more businesses have inevitably been eyeing on developing and enhancing their presence in Indonesia. This spirit from business players has been bringing more work to LOKA, not only in the form of advisory requests but also assistance in transactional works and dispute resolution matters. LOKA’s practice areas include M&A, real estate development, international finance, infrastructure projects, dispute resolution in and out of courts, joint ventures, IT/IP matters, general corporate, labour issues, compliance, fraud investigation, and others. LOKA has been serving international and Indonesian clients in broad industrial sectors and successfully gaining their trust with LOKA.
Lidyar Indhira Putri, the firm’s founding partner, mentioned that the main driver of LOKA’s steady growth is its strong team, including international afﬁliation, which is the central focus of Loka, along with its reputation. It is continuously building the team’s strength by encouraging and supporting its members to provide the best legal services to the clients by delivering practical solutions to complicated legal matters in addition to opportunities for further training and qualiﬁcations in their interest, with emphasis on close mentoring to junior/mid-level lawyers.
NUSANTARA LEGAL PARTNERSHIP
Nusantara Legal Partnership (NLP) was established in 2018 with a practice focus on general corporate and commercial law, with extensive experience in technology, media, and telecommunication, logistics, and employment. The ﬁrm is continuing to expand and develop its legal services across divergent practice areas and business sectors such as banking and ﬁnance, transportation, marine, manufacturing, intellectual property and sports and entertainment.
For that purpose, it continues to grow its networks by joining various business chambers of commerce, international legal networks of independent law ﬁrms, and actively publishing articles on international legal publication platforms. As part of its growth, NLP has increased its headcount from two fee-earners to eight and aims to continue expanding its team of lawyers within this ﬁnancial year, as required due to the ﬁrm’s increasing client’s demand. It is currently widening its ofﬁce space to accommodate the growing team.
Its focus is not only to expand the ﬁrm but also to create a team with top-notch quality lawyers regarding their personality, work ethics, and capabilities. Despite the weak economy in Indonesia during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, NLP has managed to increase its revenue substantially. It is mainly because the majority of its work is on an hourly basis, and it rarely takes on assignments on lump-sum fee arrangements while remaining to offer reasonable fee arrangements and is able to have a high client retention rate. One of the most notable achievements of the ﬁrm was representing the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, partially held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from Aug. 25 to Sept. 3, 2023, whereby NLP has become the only Indonesian law ﬁrm that has an on the ground experience in handling world cup level sporting event.
Founding partner Marshall Situmorang has been the key to NLP’s business development efforts, with his vision of providing one-stop legal services. He has also managed to drive the younger team members to improve their commercial awareness.
Audria Putri, senior associate, who joined the ﬁrm in 2021, is also a key member, having been focusing on the internal development of the team, including recruiting the best talents that would suit the ﬁrm’s standard with the aim of ﬁnding the lawyers of the future.
TAMBA & KUMARA LAW OFFICES
Tamba & Kumara Law Ofﬁces (T&K) is a relatively new law ﬁrm established in 2022 by two founding partners. In just one year, it has grown to include 11 fee-earners.
T&K has provided legal assistance to various clients since its inception. The ﬁrm was appointed as a consultant for the preparation of academic papers and draft bills for an Indonesian Ministry as part of the national strategic policies relating to the notion of “Indonesia Emas 2045”. They also served as joint legal counsel for PT Gunbuster Nickel Industry and PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) in relation to facility agreements amounting to more than $300 million. T&K also assisted Korea Transportation Asset Management and their ﬁnanciers in restructuring the lease of Boeing aircraft owed by PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero), amounting to $9.03 billion. The ﬁrm has also worked with real estate investment group companies in Singapore, providing legal support for their luxury real estate, housing, and construction projects in several locations in Indonesia. Additionally, T&K has helped clients in the mining and plantation sectors with HKIAC and SIAC arbitrations. The ﬁrm’s growth strategy is based on three key factors: (i) its deep understanding of local laws and regulations, which allows it to provide high-quality legal services to both domestic and international clients; (ii) its ability to adapt to recent developments in clients’ business sectors, as well as changes in the legal framework and government policy; and (iii) its consistent delivery of precise and reliable legal advice and business solutions that are both practical and effective for T&K clients.
The law ﬁrm consists of three key members: (i) Narada Kumara, managing partner, who has extensive experience representing clients in dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, banking and ﬁnance in various sectors such as mining and natural resources, construction, and real estate; (ii) Yohanes A. Tamba, partner, who provides legal advice to both Indonesian and foreign clients on projects and commercial transactions with a focus on the manufacturing, aviation, mining, venture capital, banking, ﬁnance sectors, and state-owned enterprises; and (iii) Hafid Triadmaja Syahputra, a senior associate, who provides assistance to local and multinational clients in commercial, construction, employment, and antitrust litigations.
TRILEXICA AT LAW
Trilexica at Law is a result of the merger of two established boutique law ﬁrms in 2023, Triﬁda at Law and Legalexica. Together, Trilexica at Law combines a proven track record, forming a global-oriented and full-ﬂedged law ﬁrm providing wide-range of service from M&A to capital markets, banking and ﬁnance, corporate governance, commercial disputes, fraud investigation, technology, media and telecommunication, transportation and renewable energy. One of the biggest achievements by the ﬁrm in the past year is assisting PT JGC Indonesia in connection with the development of a 900 thousand tons per annum copper concentrate smelter and reﬁnery at the Batu Hijau mine owned by PT Amman Mineral Industri. It also advised various lenders and operators, such as PK AirFinance - Apollo and High Ridge Aviation, on aircraft ﬁnancing transactions involving Indonesian airline operators during the blooming of tourism industry. Beyond that, Trilexica is also committed to empowering women-led MSMEs in Indonesia by assisting Amartha, one the biggest peer-to-peer lending companies in Indonesia, in its partnership with International Finance Cooperation in channelling up to $206 million to women entrepreneurs. Trilexica enhances its team by carefully selecting individuals with diverse legal expertise. This process helps establish international strategic alliances, fosters ethical digital transformation, prioritises integrity, and focuses on client satisfaction. Notably, digital transformation is crucial in transforming the ﬁrm’s internal management of fee earners and communication with clients.
The next 12 months will be challenging for the ﬁrm, both internally in building a solid foundation as a result of the merger and externally, since the country will be entering a potentially tumultuous political year in which new leadership will emerge, potentially determining the direction of policy development.
ALB INDONESIA FIRMS TO WATCH 2023
ADREM LAW FIRM AHRP LAW FIRM
APRILDA FIONA HENDRONOTO SOESABDO LAW FIRM
ATD LAW IN ASSOCIATION WITH MORI HAMADA & MATSUMOTO
BRAVA & RIZA ADVOCATES DEWI DJALAL & PARTNERS FKNK LAW FIRM
FRANS & SETIAWAN LAW OFFICE
IABF LAW FIRM IMRAN MUNTAZ & CO
LOKA LAW OFFICE (IN ASSOCIATION WITH GI&T LAW OFFICE)
NUSANTARA LEGAL PARTNERSHIP
RESOLVA LAW FIRM
RPR LAW FIRM
SANTOSO, MARTINUS & MULIAWAN ADVOCATES
SARVASUKSMA ATTORNEYS AT LAW
SIAHAAN IRDAMIS ANDARUMI & REKAN (SIAR)
TAMBA & KUMARA LAW OFFICES
TRILEXICA AT LAW