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Dentons to combine with elite law firm in Indonesia

March 14, 2018

Combination will uniquely position the world’s largest law firm to meet client needs in South East Asia and around the globe

Dentons announces it is combining with the elite firm Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP), the fifth largest law firm in Indonesia and one of the most prestigious.

The combination will enable Dentons to offer clients access to high-quality legal services in South East Asia and around the world in a total of 73 countries.

It comes on the heels of recent combinations in Singapore and Myanmar, which like Indonesia are members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Also, today Dentons is announcing a combination in neighboring Malaysia, which is also a member of ASEAN. In 2016 ASEAN was collectively the third largest economy in Asia and sixth largest in the world.

“Clients in South East Asia, and clients wanting to do business there, will benefit from high-quality legal service on a truly global scale that only Dentons can offer,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons. “Our clients have access to the deep local knowledge that is provided by lawyers who are both in and of the communities they serve.”

Indonesia is a particularly dynamic region of the world, and is the fourth most populous country in the world. It enjoys a GDP of US$1.02 trillion and an annual GDP growth rate of 4.8 percent, making it the fastest growing country among the G20 nations. It also has a fast-growing middle class, and its capital, Jakarta and its surrounding cities (Jabodetabek), is the world’s second largest urban area, with 30 million people.

“Our expansion in Indonesia with one of the largest and best firms there will help us build on our currently strong South East Asia presence,” said Philip Jeyaretnam, S.C., Singapore Chief Executive Officer, Global Vice-Chair, and the first CEO of Dentons ASEAN Region.

HPRP’s key practice areas are Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Litigation, Financial Services, Intellectual Property, International Trade, Real Estate, Transportation, and Resources & Infrastructure. The firm is also already pursuing an aggressive growth strategy to increase capabilities in the following sectors: infrastructure, including natural resources; renewable energy; and electronic business, including FinTech and E-commerce.

“This combination with a truly high-quality Indonesia firm gives us an even stronger presence in South East Asia and will further allow Dentons to pursue its strategy to become a pan-Asian law firm that reaches more of Asia than its competitors,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons.

Commenting on this combination, Constant Ponggawa, Managing Partner of HPRP, said, “I strongly believe that this combination will benefit both Dentons’ clients in entering Indonesian market as well as HPRP’s clients in expanding to the global market.”

In addition to the Malaysian firm, Dentons has also announced today it is combining with two firms in the Caribbean, a firm in Kenya, and two firms in Mauritius .

The HPRP combination, following approval by partners and subject to meeting regulatory requirements, is expected to launch later in 2018.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

About HPRP

Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP) is an Indonesia’s premier law firm in Jakarta which is engaged in transnational practice. To meet the market’s hopes, HPRP endeavors to give clients active and strategic advisory assistance with creative support in the following areas of practice: Corporate and Commercial, Employment and Litigation, Financial Services, Intellectual Property, Real Property, Resources and Infrastructure, and International Trade. HPRP is a member firm of global law firm alliances, giving clients seamless access to responsive and high-quality services internationally.

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