Ashurst’s affiliated firm in Jakarta, Oentoeng Suria & Partners, has recruited a new dispute resolution partner as the global firm tries to recover from several departures in the Indonesia practice.
Prawidha “Wida” Murti joins from Jakarta-based Makes & Partners, a firm that has a relationship with Singapore’s WongPartnership. Murti has worked on litigation cases before Indonesian courts and has handled international arbitration. She was part of a cross-border legal team helping Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd. seek enforcement of a $130 million Singapore International Arbitration Center award against Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group. The case continued for seven years and spanned multiple Asian jurisdictions.
Murti became a partner at Makes & Partners last year, as the firm launched a dispute resolution practice. Earlier this week, Makes & Partners became a member firm of WPG as WongPartnership rebranded its regional network of firms in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
In July, former Oentoeng partner and Ashurst senior consultant Debby Sulaiman left to join Herbert Smith Freehills’ affiliated firm Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung. Sulaiman, an insolvency disputes specialist, was among several Indonesia-specialized lawyers who left Ashurst recently; others included former finance partner Carl Dunton, who joined PricewaterhouseCoopers, and former corporate partner Joel Hogarth, who is now a Jakarta-based director for advisory firm Borrelli Walsh.
Ashurst has been in association with Oentoeng Suria & Partners since 2010. It also formed a formal law alliance in Singapore this past May with local firm ADTLaw.