Stephen Igor Warokka graduated from the Faculty of Law at Atma Jaya University in 2007 before joining SSEK as part of its internship program.
Stephen is a supervising partner of the firm’s immigration law and work permit practice. He has been involved in a wide range of projects at SSEK, including shipping and maritime law, general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, foreign capital investment law, immigration law and negotiations with various government officials related to commercial transactions.
Stephen earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law. At UC Berkeley, he was a member of the Student Organization for Advanced Legal Studies, and he also channeled his enthusiasm for sports by organizing sports events with other universities.
In 2015, Stephen was seconded to the Tokyo offices of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, a full-service international law firm and one of the largest and most highly regarded law firms in Japan. During his three-month secondment, Stephen advised on Indonesian laws and regulations for Japanese companies doing business in the country. Stephen organized and spoke at a seminar for Mori Hamada & Matsumoto clients on the Indonesian legal and regulatory framework, and gave presentations on Indonesian shipping law and the Indonesian Capital Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).
In 2019, Stephen was heavily involved in the process of helping to shape the contents of a new Indonesian Minister of Manpower decree on those positions that can be held by expatriate employees in various business sectors. He met with foreign business chambers in Jakarta to help coordinate their input on the draft decree, helped prepare and amend letters from the business chambers to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), and met with the MOM, the Vice President’s Office and the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs.
Stephen’s experience also includes representation of various foreign shipping companies in the acquisition and sale of vessels; advising a foreign shipping company on the shipping agency business in Indonesia; advising and representing an Indonesian shipping company in connection with a facility agreement with syndicated lenders; and advising shipping companies on foreign ownership restrictions and Indonesian cabotage laws.
Stephen is fluent in Indonesian and English and is a member of the Indonesian Advocates Association (Peradi), allowing him bar admittance in all judicial courts throughout Indonesia.