Indonesia is one of the world’s leading emerging market economies, and Mayer Brown has advised on many transactions that have contributed to the country’s success story.

With a history of representing both domestic and international clients on Indonesian matters, Mayer Brown knows how to bring transactions to successful completion in the region. Our services include advising clients on a full range of transactions—including M&A capital markets projects and project finance, tax and tax structuring, international trade, construction and restructuring—as well as helping to resolve disputes.

International Trade

For over a decade now, Mayer Brown lawyers have assisted Indonesian manufacturers/exporters, as well as the Government of Indonesia, in international trade matters involving the United States, the European Union and the World Trade Organization. This experience has given us great insight into Indonesian business practices, allowing us to effectively represent Indonesian interests. Representative matters include:

  • Successfully representing the Government of Indonesia in the landmark US – Clove Cigarettes proceedings (DS406) where Indonesia won key claims before the panel and the Appellate Body. This case was selected as the "Global Dispute of the Year: International Litigation" in the inaugural American Lawyer 2013 Global Legal Awards.
  • Defending the entire Indonesian shrimp industry, as well as the Indonesian government, against U.S. claims of illegal subsidization. We successfully convinced the U.S. government that no subsidization occurred, which resulted in the case being dismissed.
  • Representing one of Indonesia’s largest cut paper manufacturers, against claims that it was dumping photocopy paper into the U.S. market. That same case involved allegations of illegal subsidization, and thus in addition to representing the company accused of dumping, we also represented that company, as well as the Indonesian government, against those subsidization claims.
  • Acting for the Indonesia’s largest biodiesel producer before the EU General Court we have succeeded in a challenge to the EU’s regulations imposing countervailing measures on imports of biodiesel that were lifted as a result.

As a result of our client base and contacts in the Indonesian government, our international trade lawyers travel to Indonesia on a regular basis. When needed, lawyers in our Singapore office are available to assist, as well.


  • Advised CT Corp in relation to various matters including its disposal of a 49 percent stake in its wholly owned life insurance to Prudential Financial to establish a joint venture in the life insurance business in Indonesia.
  • Advised a member of the World Bank Group as a direct lender and B-loan arranger on the US$830 million PAU ammonia plant project in Sulawesi (Petrochemical Deal of the Year 2016, IJGlobal Awards; Project Finance Deal of the Year 2016, The Asian Lawyer Awards; and Asia Pacific Petrochemical Deal of the Year 2014, Project Finance International Awards).
  • Advised a leading integrated Indonesian energy group on its recent issuance of US$265 million 6.875% senior notes due 2022.
  • Advised a leading integrated Indonesian energy group and its subsidiary on the offering of US$230 million worth of senior notes due 2016, including high-yield covenants, pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S.
  • Advised a real estate company in Indonesia on a US$180 million real estate office development project in Jakarta.
  • Advised the receivers appointed by the Hong Kong Secretary for Justice over securities, cash and other investment products following the failure and subsequent government bailout of the Indonesian bank Bank Century.
  • Advised a Northeast Asian contractor on over US$1.5 billion in claims arising out of a series of Indonesian joint venture and project development disputes. The case involved a number of Indonesian courts as well as the commercial court for PKPU proceedings, criminal investigations and arbitrations.
  • Successfully assisted a Japanese carmaker in ascertaining the approach of the Indonesian competition authority with regard to the client’s possible presence on the authority’s "watchlist."
  • Advised a member of the World Bank Group on a loan facility to PT Sentosasegara Mulia Shipping and PT Wintermar to finance the acquisition of six vessels as part of PT Wintermar’s expanding offshore oil and gas exploration and production activities.
  • Advised the sponsors in connection with the US$2.5 billion large thermal power project in Indonesia (Asia Pacific Deal of the Year, 1995 and Restructuring Deal of the Year 2003, Project Finance Magazine).
  • Advised the sponsors in connection with the US$1.7 billion large thermal power project in Indonesia (Asia Pacific Restructuring Deal of the Year 2003, Project Finance Magazine); and the US$1.2 billion Paiton III power project (Asia Project Finance Deal of the Year 2010, IFLR).