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After 17 successful years, Herbert Smith Freehills and leading Indonesian law firm Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung (HBT) have reviewed, strengthened and renewed their association agreement.

CEO Mark Rigotti and HBT managing partner Iril Hiswara signed the new agreement in Jakarta yesterday (18 July).

"When we started working together, HBT was a small start-up of respected lawyers and friends," explained Mark. "Now, 17 years later, that talented start-up has grown into one of the leading Indonesian law firms.

The new agreement upgrades the shared management of the association, formalizes collaboration on clients and target sectors, and extends the range of services, training and support available to HBT.

"The agreement needed to be refreshed – to reflect how much HBT has developed, and to support the next phase of our association together in Jakarta," said Justin D'Agostino, Managing Partner, Asia and Australia.

"Together we have the best and longest established association in Jakarta.; Our energy is now focused on what we can achieve together in the next 17 years, in one of the most important markets in our vibrant Southeast Asia practice.



Operating from 26 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape providing premium quality, full-service legal advice. It provides many of the world’s most important organisations with access to market-leading dispute resolution, projects and transactional legal advice, combined with expertise in a number of global industry sectors, including energy, natural resources, infrastructure, technology and financial services.

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung (HBT) is consistently recognised as one of the leading full-service commercial and corporate law firms in Indonesia. The firm provides high quality, innovative Indonesian legal services to a multinational client base, working to the highest international standards.

In accordance with Indonesian regulations, HBT and Herbert Smith Freehills remain separate firms and any Indonesian law advice required by our clients is provided by HBT. HBT's Jakarta team includes long-term international counsel seconded from Herbert Smith Freehills, while Herbert Smith Freehills' Singapore office includes Indonesian lawyers and recognised Indonesia specialists.

Herbert Smith Freehills has some 1,500 lawyers in Asia Pacific, advising clients on complex corporate, disputes and finance matters, from offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta*, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo, and in Australia, from Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

*In Jakarta, Herbert Smith Freehills' international counsel practise alongside our affiliate firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, one of Indonesia’s leading commercial and corporate law firms.


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