ASSEGAF HAMZAH & PARTNERS remains the top competition law practice in Indonesia, backed by its depth of talent and impressive docket of cases. Chandra Hamzah leads a group buttressed by fellow partner Farid Nasution and full-time competition of counsel Vovo Iswanto. It may be the only to work inside Indonesia and abroad. Together with the respective local counsels, it has recently co-advised companies in relation to the competition related matters with the enforcers of several foreign jurisdictions. This multi-jurisdictional co-advising was honed by Assegaf Hamzah’s success in defending a national air-carrier before the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission in a cartel allegation few years back. This is just a glimpse of solid and recurring trust from business in entrusting their competition matters to the firm, a sure sign of quality and a signal to business of the group’s quality.
The team is engaged in multiple major investigations in Indonesia for both local and international clients. It advises Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing in KPPU’s motor scooter price fixing probe, in which the commission fined the companies a total of €3.4 million, but they have challenged the decision. Assegaf Hamzah also advised Goodyear in the tyre cartel case that reached the Supreme Court. The Japfa group remains a major client; the firm has defended the company in the sweeping beef import case that saw 32 companies fined for cartel behaviour, and in the poultry cartel probe, which resulted in €8.4 million in total fines last October. Assegaf Hamzah has succeeded to represent Japfa in the poultry cartel probe in its appeal to the District Court which overturned KPPU decision and in Japfa’s response to KPPU’s cassation appeal to The Supreme Court that upheld the District Court decision.