Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has agreed to an association with the Indonesian firm Rahayu & Partners, a deal that took effect Nov. 3.
Rahayu, which was founded in 2005, is based in Jakarta and focuses on banking and finance work. It is led by founding partner Sri Rahayu, who will join HFW as a partner.
In addition to Rahayu, the firm has one other partner and seven associates.
Rahayu will work alongside HFW corporate partner Haydn Dare, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills in 2015 and is based in Jakarta. He will also work with international corporate head Brian Gordon, who is based in Singapore.
“This cements our existing client relationships in Indonesia, which we have in all our sectors, and enables us to better serve our clients in offering local expertise; whether in the context of Indonesian legal advice or in understanding the business environment and culture,” saidHFW global senior partner Richard Crump. “This adds to our existing strong offering in Southeast Asia, where we have been operating for more than 25 years.”
Rahayu said business opportunities have been increasing in Indonesia across a range of industries, and “the association with HFW offers our clients strength and depth across a number of core sectors vital to grow our business in this vibrant economy.”
The move follows three associations in the Middle East agreed to by HWF in 2016, as well as its merger with U.S. energy and marine firm Legge Farrow Kimmitt McGrath & Brown, which went into effect in January of this year.
The merger took HFW’s headcount to 170 partners and 450 lawyers.