SSEK's expertise embraces all essential areas of the law and has been honed over two decades of meeting the legal needs of its clients. Our work for Indonesian, foreign, transnational and multinational clients extends across a wide range of specialist areas.
SSEK advises on the sourcing, manufacture, distribution, sale, licensing and franchising of products and services.
We advise on government procurement rules, labeling and packaging requirements, handling of hazardous materials and other environmental law requirements. We also advise clients on unfair trade practicesand other competition law restrictions and represent clients before the Anti-Monopoly Supervisory Commission (KPPU).
In the event of a dispute, we help our clients develop appropriate and practical strategies, claims and defenses, as well as seeking reasonable grounds for settlement and compromise. In the event litigation is required, SSEK recommends the most suitable Indonesian litigation counsel and acts as special liaison counsel throughout the proceedings.
We play a key role in optimizing communications between you and your Indonesian litigation counsel, help prepare and explain requisite documents, and minimize delays, confusion and duplication of efforts.
SSEK has advised many clients in their arbitration proceedings at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). We work extensively with international law firms in Singapore in conjunction with arbitration hearings for multinational companies. We also advise on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules, and the rules of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
We assist clients who want to enter Indonesia's banking, financing and insurance markets, advising on all legal aspects of establishing and operating financial institutions in Indonesia.
We prepare loan agreements and security documents for financial institutions, both within and outside Indonesia, and help investors to establish and operate mutual funds and pension plans.
SSEK also serves as Indonesian counsel to foreign lenders on project finance and syndicated commercial loan transactions, and assists with corporate debt restructurings and workouts of all sizes and complexities.
SSEK acts for banks both with respect to their regulatory and corporate needs and with respect to specific banking products e.g., lending (credit cards, consumers, commercial and corporate lending), funding (savings, time-deposits and negotiable certificates of deposit), money markets, derivatives, financial institution and other treasury products, trade finance (letters of credit) and other financing transactions, whether secured or unsecured, within and outside Indonesia.
When a bank requires fund-raising in order to finance its working capital and long-term corporate needs, SSEK assists the bank and serves as Indonesian counsel in connection with the issuance of bonds, medium- and long-term notes, subordinated bonds, securitization, asset-backed securities and other types of structured finance.
SSEK advises issuers, underwriters and investors in stock, bond, convertible bond and commercial paper transactions, and prepares for and assists clients with IPOs, secondary or subsequent offerings, as well as strategic financing alternatives.
We also represent multinational and local employers in the planning and documentation of employee stock option plans and related capital markets arrangements.
SSEK has securities expertise in a wide range of capital markets transactions, including tender offers, rights issues, corporate restructurings, conflict of interest/material transactions, licensing and regulatory issues and diverse contractual matters.
SSEK counsels foreign investors in the coal and hard rock mining sector, and keeps up to date with new mining regulations that have radically changed the investment climate.
We also represent companies involved in fuel supply contract (coal or gas) projects for independent power plants in the South East Asia region, and have advised on some of the largest geothermal projects in the country.
We handle all corporate, environmental, labor, mining rights, tax, contract negotiation and dispute resolution matters for our energy, mining and other natural resources clients, as well as representing lenders in mine financing projects.
We have long experience representing Australian, Indian, Korean, Japanese and American clients in the mining sector, among others, and our expertise includes mining services, ports and shipping facilities, hauling road construction and maintenance, and operation of special terminal facilities.
We advise clients on issues pertaining to the 2009 Environmental law and how it affects their businesses, particularly their criminal and civil liabilities, and how it relates to the transfer (sale or purchase) of assets such as land and potential environmental issues that may occur in the future.
We also advise on Environmental Impact Assessment Analyses (Amdal), and all matters regarding hazardous and toxic waste.
We act as counsel to developers and lenders in all types of infrastructure development projects, including multi-million dollar private power, toll road, telecommunications and water supply projects, as well as natural gas pipeline and mining projects.
We were also Indonesian counsel in the development of new international standard procedures and documentation for the tender and operation of bankable private power projects.
We also advise clients on the complex laws regulating the construction industry generally and are regularly ranked by Chambers Asia and IFLR 1000 in the top tier of firms involved in Project Finance.
SSEK has the top Insurance unit in the country and assists those interested in entering Indonesia's insurance markets where, in each case, specific legislation imposes unique requirements regarding the establishment and operation of business entities and branch offices in each market, including the distribution of bancassurance products.
We have insurance expertise in a wide range of transactions and have represented many of the world's largest insurance companies and their affiliates in Indonesia, in transactions that span the Asia-Pacific region.
Indonesia's labor environment is exceptionally complicated, with labor laws and regulations changing frequently. We keep abreast of all these changes and advise corporate clients on severance matters, personnel policies and work rules, employment contracts, collective bargaining arrangements, pension funds, secondment arrangements, mandatory training and social security programs and related matters.
We also arrange work permits, visas, residency permits and related Governmental approvals and filings.
In the event of disputes, we represent our corporate clients in settlement negotiations and appear before the relevant administrative tribunals.
SSEK is consistently ranked in the top tier for their labor & employment practice by Chambers Asia.
We are experienced in civil litigation, arbitrations and dealing with the Indonesian national police in criminal investigations and complaints. In certain situations, SSEK will recommend the engagement of an external Indonesian litigator depending on the nature of the case or the parties involved. Then our role may be described as that of a solicitor as we manage and support the litigator in consultation with our client. Our foreign advisors, with their extensive local knowledge, play an important role in bridging the communication gap between foreign clients, the legal principles and objectives involved, and the local litigator’s understanding of the key aspects of the case. Our solicitor role includes providing assistance during the investigation phase, legal research, developing the theory of our client’s case, preparation of the pleadings and liaising with the client throughout.
We assist clients in asset and share acquisition transactions, mergers and reorganizations, ensuring regulatory compliance and attending to all related due diligence and document preparation.
We have helped clients to complete many high profile acquisitions involving both private and publicly listed companies in a wide variety of industry sectors.
We specialize in acquisitions, divestures, Joint Ventures, spin-offs and mergers, and have assisted consortia in their bids for majority-control / minority shareholding interests in prominent Indonesian companies.
We also worked closely with lending syndicates in deals worth billions of dollars.
SSEK is internationally recognized for its Oil & Gas expertise.
We have been deeply involved with numerous oil and gas exploration and exploitation transactions, including the negotiation of production sharing contracts and technical assistance contracts, as well as drilling rig contracts, services agreements, charter parties and other agreements customary in upstream activities.
We are also extensively involved in downstream business activities, including LPG and LNG projects.
As regulations in this sector are continuously changing, we maintain professional contacts with officials of the Directorate General of Oil and Gas and BPMIGAS, to keep abreast of proposed changes in the laws that regulate the oil and gas sector, including procurement regulations.
SSEK counsels developers, borrowers and lenders on all types of real estate transactions, including conveyancing.
We have broad experience in negotiating and drafting commercial leases of all degrees of size and complexity, and can help clients coordinate large real estate acquisitions for hotel developments, industrial use and infrastructure projects, which often involve extensive dealings with representatives of various levels of local Government, land office officials and local communities.
We review clients' business operations, conduct extensive due diligence on their procedures, identify red flags and provide recommendations to their policies and operations in accordance with the Indonesian Corruption Law (ICL) and, when required, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and similar laws of other jurisdictions.
We are involved in resolving cabotage issues, and the foreign investment and ownership implications, for shipping companies involved in the natural resources sector and are involved in several major procurement projects for Floating Production Units and Floating Storage Facilities.
We act as Indonesian counsel to a number of major multinational foreign or joint venture shipping companies operating in Indonesia and have assisted them in all aspects of their operations and licensing, including rendering assistance and advice on the establishment of joint venture companies; the opening of representative offices; the acquisition and sale of vessels; and mortgage encumbrances of vessels in favor of their lenders or our banking clients.
SSEK applies its extensive knowledge of the current tax laws and policies of the Directorate General of Taxation to find the most tax-friendly approach to all types of transactions, both corporate and personal. We assess the tax implications of complicated business structures and investments as well as real estate acquisitions and other transactions.
We represent many clients in the telecommunications sector, preparing agreements for the supply, licensing, technical support and development of IT and other technologies. We have extensive expertise in the burgeoning e-commerce industry and its rapidly evolving regulatory environment.
We advise clients on the installation and supply of telecommunications and supporting equipment for Indonesian KSO telecommunication projects.
We also advise smart-phone operators, and international website and internet search operators with respect to their Indonesian operations.