Firm to capitalise on growing Asian opportunities

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A major international firm is investing in their Indonesian practice as more opportunities arise.
The Australian branch of Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed a new partner in their associate office in Jakarta as the firm prepares to bolster their Indonesian practice. 
Corporate and commercial lawyer Benny Bernato will join the firm’s Indonesian practice.
Wayne Spanner, managing partner in Australia, said that now is an important time to focus on the increasing regional and international interest in Indonesia’s growing economy and geopolitical influence in the South East Asian region.
“The Indonesian market continues to see strong growth – particularly in areas such as energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities – and to play a very significant role in the Asian region. Local, Australian and international companies that operate in these and other sectors are busy executing their Asian growth plans, including in Indonesia. It has always been our strategy to work with our clients in these regions, either on the ground or from Australian or Asian offices,” he said.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s associate team in Indonesia is local firm Susandarini & Partners, with whom they have developed a strong corporate, commercial and banking and finance practice.
“Our team in Jakarta with Susandarini & Partners and more broadly in the Asia Pacific has advised on a number of significant recent transactions in the Indonesian market, most notably advising the Indonesian Government-owned Indonesia Port Corporation on Jakarta’s Kalibaru Port development, which is set to become the country's largest industrial port,” said Spanner.
The firm has predicted further growth of their Indonesian practice this year.
“Norton Rose Fulbright has long recognised the importance of Indonesia to the Asia Pacific and global economy, and we have an established operation in the local market through our strong association with Susandarini & Partners,” he said.  “Like many countries, Indonesia’s complex regulatory and law reform agenda are issues any Australian company looking to invest or work in that country will have to consider closely.”

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