Corporate & Finance - Indonesia
THE FIRM This firm's Singapore office works closely with the Indonesian member firm of the Baker & McKenzie network, Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners. The team is often sought out to advise on investment into Indonesia by foreign interests, especially in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The firm advised Supreme Energy, IPR-GDF Suez and Sumitomo as sponsors for the first two Indonesian geothermal projects to be signed as part of the Indonesian government's 10,000 MW Second Fast Track programme for renewable energy.
Sources say: "Baker & McKenzie are good and we have been using them for years." "They have a stronghold in Indonesia in particular."
KEY INDIVIDUALS James Huang leads the firm's finance and projects team from its office in Singapore. He represents financial institutions and corporates in a wide range of financing and debt restructuring matters. Recent highlights include advising Sumitomo Mitsui Banking on a loan to Bayan Resources.
Respected partner Ashok Lalwani leads the firm's US capital markets group in South-East Asia and has a practice spanning international securities, M&A and general corporate matters. He recently advised Salim Ivomas Pratama on its USD385 million global offering under Rule 144A and Regulation S, and on its listing on the Indonesia Stock Exchange.
Project financing specialist Chin Chew is described as "logical and creative." One of his recent mandates was acting for SembCorp Utilities, an interested party in the high-profile natural gas swap arrangement between gas suppliers, producers, offtakers and national regulators in the Gajah Baru field in the West Natuna Sea and the Corridor block in Sumatra.