Southeast Asia drive for Hogan Lovells - new association in Indonesia and new partner hire

Ms. Dewi Djarot, founding partner, Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners

Dewi Djarot is one of the two founding partners of Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners and has more than 30 years' experience in the legal industry. Dewi has advised major domestic and international clients in general commercial law, investment, manufacturing industry, banking, finance, resource and energy. As a member of several international and local law associations, including the Association of Indonesian Legal Consultant (AKHI), Capital Market Lawyers Association (HKHPM), Board of Directors of the Indonesian French Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IFCCI) and Indonesian Advocates Association (PERADI), Dewi is well-versed with current trends in various industries. She is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia, English and French, having graduated with a doctorate from the University Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne. Dewi was also a lecturer in the faculty of Law at the University of Indonesia from 1980 to 1990. 

Leading global law firm Hogan Lovells has announced today that it will enter into an association with Indonesian law firm, Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners (DNFP).  The association becomes effective from 1 June 2016. 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. 

Hogan Lovells has over 30 years’ experience in Asia and a strong reputation for advising on award-winning transactions in Indonesia. DNFP was established by founding partners Dewi Djarot and Fachri Fachrul. Dewi has more than 30 years' experience in the legal industry in Indonesia and Fachri has 20 years' experience. In addition, a third partner has recently joined the firm, Chalid Heyder, who has 16 years' of legal experience. 

The association between Hogan Lovells and DNFP brings together many years of combined local and international legal expertise and allows both firms to significantly expand their offering.

Hogan Lovells corporate partner Noor Meurling was formerly a partner at Ashurst, resident in their associated firm in Jakarta where she led the corporate M&A practice. Noor is one of Asia's leading mergers and acquisitions practitioners, having advised on joint ventures and acquisitions within the region, and internationally, since 1989. 

Patrick Sherrington, regional managing partner for Asia Pacific and the Middle East at Hogan Lovells, said: "We warmly welcome DNFP to the Hogan Lovells family. This association and the hire of Noor Meurling are a significant milestone for us. It allows us to shape our strategy and expand our client offering in an entirely new way.  Indonesia continues to be an attractive growth market with rising interest from global investors. Companies looking to grow in Asia need to be able to navigate complex jurisdictions and stringent regulations. Our deep sector expertise and knowledge in this region and the ability to offer a truly global network of experts ensures that clients always have the right team in place to help them meet their commercial objectives."

Dewi Djarot, one of the founding partners of DNFP, said: “There are many demands and challenges facing Indonesia across energy, infrastructure, telecommunications and healthcare but, despite this, the region is poised to continue to grow.  As the largest economy in ASEAN, Indonesia offers businesses abundant long-term opportunities. DNFP was set up to support Indonesian business and industry as the country enters a new and exciting stage in its economic and social development. We offer strong local knowledge and a full range of high quality commercial legal services to help domestic and international businesses navigate the challenges that come with being part of Indonesia’s growth.”

Stephanie Keen, office managing partner, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee in Singapore, commented: “Singapore, as the hub for ASEAN, has seen rising interest and client demand for expertise in Indonesia. We are excited to add an important tier of local expertise to our advisory services, based on a closer and more focused association than before, allowing us to deliver a truly integrated high quality Southeast Asia service to clients." 

Chalid Heyder, partner at DNFP, added: "It is exciting to see the continued growth of Indonesia, which has fuelled domestic and global investor interest. In recent months we have seen a rising number of new companies and re-structuring of loans, which is driving demand for experienced corporate lawyers. 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.” 

Noor Meurling, partner at Hogan Lovells, added: "Today Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous nation and, as identified by the World Bank, the world's 10th largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity. The appetite for growth in Indonesia from multinationals continues to grow and build. This is an exciting time to be part of a global and innovative firm in the region offering expertise on acquisitions and projects taking place in this part of the world."


Mr. Fachri Fachrul, founding partner, Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners
Fachri Fachrul is one of the two founding partners of Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners and has more than 20 years' experience in the legal industry. He started his career working in the legal department of a national airline company and eventually became a partner in a law firm in Jakarta. Fachri has also worked as a senior lawyer at Blake Dawson Waldron in Australia and as a senior legal advisor at PT Adaro Energy Tbk. Over the course of his career, Fachri has handled a variety of matters relating to corporate, labor, cross-border investments, Islamic finance, M&A, banking, finance and litigation. Fachri is also an environmental consultant with a certification from the University of Indonesia and the Ministry of Environment. He has Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws diplomas from the University of Indonesia.

Mr. Chalid Heyder, partner, Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners 
Chalid is a partner at Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners and has more than 16 years’ experience in dispute resolution in Indonesia. Chalid is qualified in Indonesia and has specialist expertise in arbitration, civil disputes, and bankruptcy and suspension of payment. Before joining DNFP, Chalid was a partner at Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, where he was also the head of the dispute resolution practice group and led the team for more than 10 years. With extensive experience in business competition, contentious employment issues, internal investigations and criminal and corruption matters. Chalid has represented and advised both domestic and international clients from a number of different industries. He has appeared as an advocate before BANI arbitration and as Indonesian counsel for a number of clients in the BANI Arbitration Center (Indonesia), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the International Court of Arbitration (ICC).

Ms. Stephanie Keen, Office Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee Singapore
Stephanie leads the firm's private equity practice in Asia Pacific and is managing partner of the Singapore office. She is one of only a few international lawyers qualified to practice Singapore law. Having previously worked in New York and London, Stephanie has significant international deal experience advising corporates, lenders and private equity houses on leveraged buy-outs, cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings and corporate restructurings. Recognized as a leading private equity lawyer with extensive M&A experience, she is particularly adept at closing international deals in complex Asian markets, adopting a direct approach whilst being alert to cultural nuances. Stephanie was named managing partner of the year at the Asia Legal Business South East Asia Law Awards 2016.

Ms. Noor Meurling, partner, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee, Singapore
Noor Meurling is a corporate partner at Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee in Singapore. She is one of Asia's leading mergers and acquisitions practitioners, having advised in joint ventures and acquisitions within the region and internationally since 1989. Noor has practised law in Singapore, Auckland and Jakarta. She has been rated for her in-depth experience in Indonesian investment and transactional work in the Legal 500, Asia Law Profiles and Chambers for her strengths in simplifying complex Indonesian investment and regulatory issues. Noor is active in business and industry circles in the region and promotes a number of charity and outreach programs. 

Mr. Patrick Sherrington, regional managing partner for Asia Pacific and the Middle East 
Prior to his role as Regional Managing Partner, Patrick held numerous leadership positions, including global Co-Head of Hogan Lovells Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group for more than a decade. Patrick is admitted in England, Hong Kong, and Australia, and has extensive litigation experience in the U.S. and Europe. Most of his work has an international dimension, making him particularly adept at dealing with jurisdictional issues and conflicts of laws. Patrick is a seasoned litigator who handles a wide range of disputes. He is a past Chairman of the Pacific Rim Advisory Council and a former Officer of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He is also a former Council Member and Vice President of the Law Society of Hong Kong. Patrick also has a High Court advocacy licence in England, and has also appeared before the ECJ in Luxembourg.


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