Hogan Lovells’ Indonesian alliance underlines regional strategy

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Hogan Lovells believes a new association it has formed with Indonesian law firm Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners (DNFP) will be more focused and internationally attuned than its previous three-year alliance with an Indonesian firm which ended last year.

Hogan_lovellsThe move follows a number of key hirings in the region from the international firm as it seeks to bolster its presence.

Patrick Sherrington, Hogan Lovells’ regional managing partner for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, told Asia Business Law Journal that DNFP was a firm with respected and experienced senior leaders who had an international mindset, and that the new association with DNFP would be more focused. “We hope to be able to bring international legal expertise to the DNFP partnership through the secondees we eventually hope to place with them, and at the same time DNFP will provide the quality local support that our clients will need in Indonesia.”

Effective from 1 June, the new association comes after Hogan Lovells’ association with Hermawan Juniarto, and will combine the international firm’s more than 30 years of operating experience in Asia with the knowledge of DNFP’s founding partners Dewi Djarot and Fachri Fachrul, who have 30 and 20 years of legal experience, respectively. The Indonesian firm has three partners and seven lawyers in total.

Chalid Heyder
Chalid Heyder

The alliance came as legal services were in increasing demand in the country, said Chalid Heyder, a partner at DNFP. “In recent months we have seen a rising number of new companies and restructuring of loans, which is driving demand for experienced corporate lawyers,” he said. “Demand for dispute resolution and litigation services also remains robust among existing companies, due to an increasing number of them preparing for restructuring amid the global economic gloom.”

Meanwhile, Hogan Lovells has also recruited a new corporate partner in Singapore, Noor Meurling, who is the lead partner responsible for building the relationship between the two firms. She previously led Ashurst’s corporate M&A practice in Jakarta.

Meurling is the latest in a series of hires to bolster revenues and expertise in Southeast Asia. In May, Hogan Lovells hired Berwin Leighton Paisner’s head of international arbitration, Kent Phillips, to its Singapore office. He will join its litigation and arbitration practice.

The firm also added new blood to its capital markets practice in Hong Kong in late May, hiring Stephen Peepels from DLA Piper and Sammy Li from Paul Hastings. Other hirings in Asia this year included Lisa Yano and Hiroto Imai to its Tokyo office.