Playing Catch-Up

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Fintech in Indonesia is rapidly growing, buoyed by a young population, quick Internet adoption, and innovative new businesses. However, lawyers say that policies and regulations need to keep up with this growth, so as to ensure business innovation continues and customers are not left out in the cold.

ALB Conversations: Putu Dewika Angganingrum, head of legal and compliance, PT Danareksa (Persero)

BY Aparna Sai |

Putu Dewika Angganingrum, the head of legal and compliance at Indonesian investment bank PT Danareksa, talks how external counsel have to provide true value beyond just Google searches, the need to meet business goals while sticking to goal corporate governance principles, the need for women to develop thick skin to survive in the industry.

Gibson Dunn advises Kimberly-Clark on $1.2 bln Indonesia acquisition

BY Aparna Sai |

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has advised U.S. consumer products company Kimberly-Clark Corporation on its $1.2 billion acquisition of personal care maker Softex Indonesia, which was represented by Singapore’s Allen & Gledhill and Soemadipradja & Taher.

7th ALB Indonesia Law Awards celebrates country’s legal industry

BY Aparna Sai |

The 7th annual ALB Indonesia Law Awards, a virtual event held on Oct. 8, celebrated the standout lawyers, firms, in-house teams and legal work in the country.

All in One

BY Ranajit Dam |

Earlier this year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo's government submitted a draft bill to the country's parliament. The omnibus law, as it is widely known, is a comprehensive bill that would regulate many provisions in various industry sectors into one law. Lawyers say that when passed, it will strengthen the economy by increasing competitiveness, creating jobs and making it to easier to do business in Indonesia.

A New Era of Mining

BY Ranajit Dam |

Indonesia recently ratified a long-anticipated bill amending the country’s 2009 Mining Law. Lawyers say that the large-scale revisions to the law could improve the feasibility of doing business in Indonesia's natural resources sector.

Indonesia Enacts Limited Concession Scheme to Recycle Existing Infrastructure Assets [Brought to you by AYMP]

BY Mutiara Rengganis, Ayu Novianti |

To improve connectivity between its vast regions and support economic growth, Indonesia requires more infrastructure financing than ever. As an alternative to the existing Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme, the Government of Indonesia has recently introduced a new form of concession, i.e. Limited Concession Scheme (“LCS”) as stipulated under Presidential Regulation No. 32/2020 on Financing of Infrastructure through Limited Right of Utilization (“PR 32/2020”).

Davis Polk, G&R, Freshfields advise on Gojek's investments from Facebook, PayPal

BY Aparna Sai |

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Allen & Overy's Ginting & Reksodiputro are advising Indonesian payment, food delivery and ride-hailing app operator Gojek on investments from Facebook’s messaging app WhatsApp and PayPal, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer representing the latter.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: ALB Indonesia Law Awards 2020

BY Asian Legal Business |

Now on its seventh year, the ALB Indonesia Law Awards will celebrate the outstanding contributions of law firms and in-house teams to Indonesia’s legal industry. To have more holistic, diverse and inclusive event, this year’s awards will feature new categories, including:

Latham, Mishcon act on $2 bln Indonesia coal gasification project

BY Aparna Sai |

Latham & Watkins has advised U.S. industrial gases provider Air Products on its agreement to build $2 billion methanol production facility in East Kalimantan along with Bakrie Capital Indonesia and Ithaca Resources, who were represented by Mishcon de Reya.

Staying the Course

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has prioritised infrastructure as one of his key development goals, but given the severity of which COVID-19 has hit Indonesia, this focus has been put on the back burner somewhat.

Drinking Water Infrastructure in Indonesia [Brought to you by IABF]

BY Adhitya Nugraha |

Given the importance of the water resources in Indonesia, the governments of Republic of Indonesia just recently issued Law No. 17 of 2019 on Water Resources (“Water Resource Law”) to reform the former water resources law. Previously, according to Law No. 7 of 2004 on Water Resources (which has been nullified by the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia), the individual or business entities were allowed to obtain the rights to exploit and/or utilize water, including for the purpose to provide the drinking water. The Water Resource Law, however, provides a stricter requirement as the rights of the private sector to exploit and/or utilize the water resource are tightly limited to certain conditions.