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Cellia Cognard

Of Counsel

Cellia Cotan Cognard is a senior corporate lawyer with more than 10 years of experience in Sydney and Jakarta who is ranked as a Next Generation Lawyer for Corporate and M&A in Indonesia (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018-2020). 

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Experience

Cellia is currently based in Jakarta, where she specialises in cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign investment transactions, with a particular focus on the financial services, consumer and real estate sectors. She is also an experienced lawyer specialising in data protection laws in Indonesia.

Cellia has advised:

  • Temasek on its US$4.56 billion 3-step divestment of a 73.8% stake in an Indonesian listed bank, Bank Danamon, to MUFG Bank, Ltd
  • KKR on its acquisition of Unilever’s margarine and spreads business in Indonesia as part of the US$8 billion global acquisition of Unilever’s margarine and spreads business, and subsequent establishment of Upfield group subsidiaries in Indonesia
  • General Atlantic on its first investment in Indonesia (US$145 million) in the food and beverage division of publicly listed Mitra Adiperkasa, Indonesia’s leading retailer and food and beverage operator
  • CVC Capital Partners on its US$125 million pre-IPO bond and option investment in the sports related retail business of Jakarta listed Mitra Adiperkasa, one of Indonesia’s largest consumer retail business
  • The Carlyle Group on its incorporation in and initial investment into Indonesia and general regulatory compliance with Indonesian laws
  • GIC on its forward purchase of Capital Place, an office tower in Jakarta developed by the Rajawali group. This is a landmark real estate transaction in Indonesia, as it was the first forward purchase of an entire office tower by a foreign investor in Indonesia (where the foreign investor takes on part of the development risks of a built-to-suit development)
  • JD.com, a Chinese e-commerce giant, and Singapore's Provident Capital Partners as lead investors in the US$2 billion Series F investment funding round in GO-JEK, Indonesia's first unicorn company, specialising in ride-hailing and logistics
  • Mars, adidas and Zalora on legal and regulatory aspects of their respective business operations in Indonesia, and on general regulatory compliance issues
  • Grab, NTT Data, BlueScope, Newcrest Mining, British Petroleum, Volvo Trucks, DeNA and Alodokter on regulatory advice relating to Indonesian privacy and data protection regulations

 

Background

Cellia is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Australia and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University as well as a Maîtrise en Droit and DEA in International Economic Law from Panthéon-Assas University, France. She is fluent in English, French and Bahasa Indonesia.