Indonesia is the most populous country in Southeast Asia and predicted to become an economic powerhouse, once the government manages to change the current foreign ownership regulations.
Indonesia is not as transparent and easy to navigate in comparison with countries like Malaysia and Singapore, one of the first things you should do is to find a reputable conveyancing lawyer, who can minimize the risk for problems later.
In this article, I list some of the biggest and most popular real estate conveyancers in Indonesia.
The real estate agencies are listed in a random order.
1. HHP Law firm
HHP Law Firm was founded in 1989 and is recognized as one of the leading full-service law firms in Indonesia. Also known as Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, HHP now works with some of the biggest Indonesian and international businesses and is a member of Baker McKenzie International.
The current managing founder is Timur Sukirno, who leads the team of more than 100 lawyers who works in their Jakarta office. He has a long experience in real estate, has earned degrees in both Boston and Indonesia, and previously worked in Hong Kong. HHP also has several lawyers from North America and Europe, working as foreign legal consultants.
Awards won by the company in the last few years that include:
a. Indonesia Domestic Law Firm of the Year by the Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2017
b. They were named as the Indonesian Law Firm of the Year for the year 2014 and 2016 by the ALB Indonesia Law Awards
c. In addition, they’re ranked as the tier 1 real estate law firm by the Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific, and IFLR 1000
Mostly include legal services to large corporate clients working with mining, rails, roads, and that acquire land for other industrial projects like for oil & gas, petrochemicals, and powerplants.
They also offer services related to tourism and hotel resorts and have represented some leading real estate companies including Mitsubishi Estate Asia, and Astra Land Indonesia.
Level 35, Pacific Century Place, Sudirman Central Business District Lot 10, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav 52-53, Jakarta 12190, Indonesia.
Founded in 1992, SSEK evolved to become one of the biggest law firms during last three and a half decades. It’s a full service law firm that offers services to a wide range of industries including real estate.
They have more than 65 lawyers, including several foreign lawyers working as foreign legal advisors. Their office is situated in Jakarta.
SSEK has won several awards in the last few years that include:
a. They were named Indonesia National Firm of the Year for 2011 and 2013 by Chambers Asia Pacific Awards
b. They were named Indonesian Law Firm of the Year for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014 by Who’s Who Legal
c. They won several awards under different categories in Asialaw 2017 Awards
d. They’re also a tier 1 or band 1 real estate law firm, according to Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific, and IFLR 1000
In the real estate sector, they offer counseling and conveyancing services to lenders, borrowers, and developers.
The services include assistance and counseling on the sale, acquisition, and relinquishment of land and property. It drafts and negotiates complex commercial leases, no matter the size of the transaction.
They’ve assisted large organizations in acquisitions for hotel and resort developments, industrial use, and other infrastructural projects.
14th Floor, Mayapada Tower
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 28
3. Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners was founded in 2001 by Chandra Hamzah and Fikri Assegaf as a full-service law firm. The law firm is based in Jakarta with an additional office in Surabaya.
They now have 19 partners and 100 associates working for them. Their clients include large international and domestic corporations, government institutions, major public enterprises, and high net-worth individuals.
They have multilingual lawyers as they offer legal services in English, Indonesia, Japanese, Mandarin, and Malay.
In 2014, they made an alliance with the largest law firm in South East Asia, Rajah & Tann which is based in Singapore. The partnership allows them access to affiliates and offices in all of South East Asia, including Singapore, China, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, and Cambodia.
In 2012, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners was ranked as the fourth largest law firm in Indonesia by Asian Legal Business.
It’s also a tier 2 real estate legal firm, according to Legal 500, Band 1 firm by Chambers Asia Pacific, and top tier firm according to IFLR 1000.
Include assistance in sales and purchases, negotiating and preparing agreements, titles searches, conveyancing, real estate dispositions and bequests.
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners assists foreign and domestic investors in acquiring and leasing land and real estate in Indonesia. The real estate desk is headed by the Yogi Marsono, who is a well recognized lawyer.
Yogi Marsono has recently represented Facebook Singapore and Vivo Indonesia, and helped them acquire office space in Jakarta’s busiest central business district.
They’re also helped a large consortium of foreign investors in acquiring a major land area in Bali, to develop a mega tourist resort.
Capital Place, Level 36 & 37, Jalan Jenderal Gatot Subroto Kav. 18, Jakarta 12710, Indonesia
4. Christian Teo & Partners
Christian Teo & Associates was founded in 2004 by Christian Teo, the company was later renamed Christian Teo & Partners, when other leading lawyers joined the firm as partners. Before establishing his own law firm, Christian Teo worked with a leading law firm in Indonesia and is a recognized lawyer in the IT, telecom, and media industry.
In 2011, the firm also joined an international law firm, Stephenson Harwood as a partner, that allows them access to international offices and lawyers.
The office is based in Jakarta.
They offer consultancy and conveyancing services to major multinational companies, borrowers, developers, and lenders. They assist foreign and domestic companies in acquiring land and property mostly in tourism and hospitality industry.
Indonesia Stock Exchange Building, Tower II Floor 16 Suite 1604, Sudirman Central Business District, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav 52-53, Jakarta 12190
5. Makarim & Taira S.Jakarta
Makarim & Taira S. is a leading full service law firm based in Jakarta. It was founded by two Harvard graduates in 1980, Frank Taira Supit and Nono Anwar Makarim.
Their client base includes some of the most well-established foreign and domestic corporations along with government institutions. With 38 years of experience in the industry, they’re considered as the most well reputed law firms in Indonesia.
They have more than 65 lawyers, including many North American and European lawyers. For example, Richard Cornwallis is part of their real estate team, who is British.
They offer legal services in Indonesian, English, French, German, and Italian and have won several awards in the last few years that include:
a. Band 1 Law Firm in Asia Chambers Asia Pacific Awards
b. Tier 1 Real Estate Law Firm according to Legal 500
c. IFLR 1000 Top Tier Law Firm for 2017
d. Community Firm of the Year 2015 by Asian Mena Counsel
The company offers a full scale of services related to real estate and represents some of the leading real estate developers and foreign investors, like Country Garden, Sumitomo, and New Forests.
They also assisted leading foreign corporations in acquiring land in the tourism industry and for other industrial purposes. In one such case, they offered consultancy services to Marubeni and helped them in acquiring land for a Power Plant. In another example, they assisted Australian Embassy in the sale of a commercial land in Jakarta.
Summitmas I, 16th & 17th floors
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 61-62
6. Leks & Co.
Leks & Co. is a full service law firm based in Jakarta. The company was founded in 2009 by Eddy Leks, who is currently serving as the managing partner of the firm. It currently has 15 lawyers.
Eddy Leks studied Law in Indonesia and completed his Master of Law from the University of London, United Kingdom. He’s also a recommended lawyer for real estate law in Indonesia by Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Global law Expert.
He’s also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
The firm has won the award for the Real Estate Firm of the Year by ALB Indonesia Law Award in 2016. In the same year, they also won an award for Construction Law Firm of the Year – Indonesia, in the Worldwide Financial Advisor Magazine.
It’s a recommended law firm by the Legal 500, IFLR 1000, and Chambers Asia Pacific.
They offer all legal services related to real estate and construction under different categories, including construction law, foreclosure, land use and zoning, landlord and tenant law, property law, property management, commercial property dispute resolution, lease agreements, and legal due diligence.
Menara Palma 10th Floor, Suite 10-03
Jl. HR. Rasuna Said Blok X2 Kav.6
Jakarta 12950, Indonesia
7. Diaspora Legal
Diaspora Legal is an international law firm that is based in Australia, but has several offices in Indonesia. Their offices are located in Surabaya, Bali, and Jakarta.
They have offices in Bangkok and the United States and their Indonesian team consists of both English and Indonesian speaking lawyers.
Includes consultancy on the purchase and lease of real estate, real estate sales, mortgage of land, and residential conveyancing.
Prices & Fees
The prices and fees offered for different services are as follows:
Residential conveyancing: AUD 495
Advice on contract of purchase of residential property: AUD 300
Ruko Kelapa Cenkir Raya
Jalan Gading Elok Timur I Blok BK I No. 23
Republik of Indonesia
8. Vidhi Law Office
Vidhi Law Office is a leading Bali based law firm. It’s a real estate law firm that provides legal counsels to investors related to their investments in real estate in Bali, and other Indonesia cities.
The company was founded in 2001 with an expatriate community as their primary focus. They currently have 22 lawyers. The founder is also an expatriate, an Australian Lawyer, Peter Johnson, he’s been living in Bali for the last two decades.
Vidhi Law Office assists clients and provides all legal counsel to help them buy or lease villas and land in Bali. They help you with property title, and other legalities.
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai No. 2001 Simpang Dewa Ruci – Kuta
9. Oentoeng Suria & Partners
Oentoeng Suria & Partners, also known as OSP, was founded in 2010. This full-service law firm is based in Jakarta, but associated with another global firm, Ashurst. The chairman of OSP is Felix Soebagjo, who leads the team of 8 partners and senior associates.
Felix Soebagjo is a well-known and accomplished lawyer, he also works as a lecturer in two of the most reputed Indonesian Law universities. He’s also a member of Asean Law Association, the Capital Markets Lawyers, Association, the Association of Indonesian legal Consultants, and the Indonesian Advocates Association.
Includes services for hotels, tourism, infrastructure and construction. They represent some leading international hotel groups for their development projects in Indonesia.
In addition, they offer services for real estate and strata title, port development projects and regulations, investment in industrial property like power houses, gas and oil production facilities, along with infrastructure projects like roads.
Level 37, Equity Tower
Sudirman Central Business District
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53
Jakarta Selatan 12910
10. Bahar & Partners
Formerly known as Bahar & Partners, Bahar was established in 1992 as a boutique law firm. Bahar’s offers its legal services to both domestic and international clients, including major corporations and state-owned companies.
The founder and the managing partner is Wahyuni Bahar. He’s a well known and accomplished lawyer practicing law since 1989. He studied law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and few other top law universities in Europe.
The firm is based in Jakarta and currently has 25 lawyers, well versed in English and Indonesian.
It’s a top tier law firm, according to the Legal 500, recommended firm by IFLR 1000, highly recommended firm by AsiaLaw Profiles, and band 1 law firm according to Chambers Asia Pacific.
Bahar handles legal matters related to all real estate and constructions. They also represent a wide range of clients that include developers, foreign investors, property managers, project owners, and lending institutions like banks.
Menara Prima 18th Floor
Jl. Dr. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung Blok 6.2
Jakarta 12950, Indonesia
How much does it cost to hire a Conveyancing lawyer in Indonesia?
Legal fees normally lands at around 1%,.
On top of that you also need to add a registration fee of 0.2%.