Hogan Lovells has set up an association with a law firm in Indonesia.

The firm has joined forces with Hermawan Juniarto, a 22-lawyer firm based in Jakarta which advises on corporate, finance, infrastructure, energy, and litigation matters. Under local bar regulations, foreign law firms are prohibited from opening offices in Indonesia, but a number of international firms operate in the market through associations.

In a statement, Hogan Lovells said it has increasingly acted on energy, natural resources, and infrastructure deals in Indonesia, and a presence in the country will help the firm to enhance existing client relationships and to develop new opportunities.

The firm’s recent work in the Southeast Asian country includes advising state-owned energy company PT Medco Energi Internasional on a $2.8 billion joint venture with Japanese, Korean, and Indonesian partners to develop liquefied natural gas assets in Indonesia’s Sulawesi province.

James Harris, the managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ Singapore office, said in the firm’s statement: “After a period of careful assessment we came to the conclusion that having an association in Indonesia was essential to the development of our South-East Asian practice, and Hermawan Juniarto provided an excellent match for our clients’ needs.”

Hogan Lovells is not the only firm to strike up an association in Indonesia in recent months. Last March, Norton Rose tied up with Jakarta’s Susandarini & Partners. And in November, O’Melveny & Myers partnered with Tumbuan & Partners and U.K. firm Stephenson Harwood entered into an association with Christian Teo Purwono & Partners.

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