London-based Bird & Bird has formed alliances with two Indonesian firms.

The firm has signed nonexclusive agreements with Jakarta-based intellectual property specialist K&K Advocates and corporate boutique Nurjadin Sumono Mulyadi & Partners.

Ten-lawyer K&K acts for multinationals on registering trademarks and patents in Indonesia, as well as handling litigation and enforcement of IP rights. Nurjadin Sumono, which has 23 lawyers, advises on corporate transactions and civil and criminal litigation.

In a statement, Bird & Bird said client demand in Southeast Asia was up ahead of the so-called Association of Southeast Asian Nations Economic Community, which is expected to reduce trade barriers among participating countries next year. As a result, the firm was seeing a significant amount of client interest in Indonesia.

Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, the firm has a similar alliance with Malaysia’s Tay & Partners and operates in Singapore through an association with local firm Alban Tay Mahtani & De Silva. In February the firm formed an alliance with Korean law firm Hwang Mok Park.

Bird & Bird has 1,100 lawyers in 26 offices in Europe and Asia.