Government to Approve Corporate Actions in the Indonesian Energy Sector


By Ira A. Eddymurthy and Fransiscus Rodyanto

The Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (“MEMR”) has issued MEMR Regulation No. 42 of 2017 regarding Supervision of Business Activities in the Energy and Mineral Resources Sector (“MEMR 42/2017″). The stated aim of MEMR 42/2017, which took effect on July 17, 2017, is to improve the supervision of business entities in the energy and mineral resources sector in part by closing regulatory gaps.

In general, MEMR 42/2017 regulates (i) the requirements to notify or obtain prior approval from the MEMR for the transfer of participating interest of upstream oil and gas contractors; (ii) the transfer of shares and change of board of directors (“BOD”) and/or board of commissioners (“BOC”) of upstream oil and gas contractors, downstream oil and gas business entities, business entities holding electricity supply business licenses, business entities holding (a) mining business license, (b) special operation production mining business license for processing and/or refinery issued by the MEMR, (c) special mining business license, (d) contract of works, or (e) coal contract of works; and (iii) the mechanism for the procurement of biofuels in the form of biodiesel composed of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME).

This article discusses the provisions under MEMR 42/2017 regarding notification to be made or prior approval to be obtained with respect to the transfer of participating interest, transfer of shares, and change of BOD and BOC. Read more »

Indonesia Takes Steps to Ease Licensing Process for Trade Companies


The Indonesian Ministry of Trade (“MOT”) has issued two regulations with the goal of simplifying the licensing process for companies and reducing the amount of time they must spend on such matters.

MOT Regulation No. 7/M-DAG/PER/2/2017 regarding the Third Amendment to MOT Regulation No. 36/M-DAG/PER/9/2007 regarding the Issuance of Trade Business License (“MOT Reg. 7/2017″) repeals the obligation for companies to re-register their Trade Business License (Surat Izin Usaha Perdagangan or “SIUP”). And MOT Regulation No. 8/M-DAG/PER/2/2017 regarding Company Registration Implementation (“MOT Reg. 8/2017″) seeks to simplify the process for renewing a Company Registration Certificate (Tanda Daftar Perusahaan or “TDP”). Both regulations have been in effect since January 22, 2017, and apply to all existing business entities.

Removal of SIUP Re-Registration Read more »

4 SSEK Partners, Advisers Recognized as Leading Energy Lawyers for Indonesia

Who's Who Legal

Four lawyers from SSEK Legal Consultants have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Energy, a comprehensive guide to the world’s leading energy lawyers.

The SSEK lawyers included in the latest edition of Who’s Who Legal: Energy for Indonesia are:

Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution in the Indonesian Oil and Gas Sector

Oil & Gas Regulation 2017

By Fitriana Mahiddin and Syahdan Z. Aziz

Indonesia’s new Negative Investment List, as recently issued in Presidential Regulation No. 44 of 2016 regarding List of Business Fields that Are Closed and Business Fields that Are Open with Requirements in the Field of Capital Investment, stipulates the foreign shareholding limitations for various business fields. Among others, onshore drilling is closed to foreign investment while offshore drilling is restricted to a maximum of 75% foreign shareholding. The distribution and trading of natural gas, if not affiliated to production, are limited to 67% foreign shareholding.

International Treaties

As a matter of international law, international treaties and other multinational agreements are binding upon the state upon ratification. Ratification of such international instruments is normally done by way of a presidential regulation, which will be further implemented by a ministerial regulation. All regulations and decrees issued afterward must not deviate from the provisions of the international treaty or the national regulation enacted in light thereof. Therefore, once an international treaty is binding upon the Government, regulatory policy or activity shall develop in accordance with the international treaty. Among others, Indonesia is a party to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“UNCLOS”), the 1987 Montreal Protocol and the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage and the protocols and amendments thereof.

Additionally, tax treaties and bilateral investment treaties may be relevant, although the Government recently announced that Indonesia will be withdrawing from all bilateral investment treaties to which it is a party.

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The Development of Personal Data Protection in Indonesia


By Fahrul S. Yusuf and Winnie Y. Rolindrawan

After months of drafting and deliberation, Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Informatics (“MOCI”) in late 2016 issued a long-awaited regulation on the protection of personal data. MOCI Regulation No. 20 of 2016 regarding the Protection of Personal Data in Electronic Systems (“MOCI Reg”) was issued on December 1, 2016. As the title suggests, it regulates the protection of personal data by electronic system providers in Indonesia, a long-standing grey area in the country.

History of Personal Data Protection in Indonesia

The protection of personal data in electronic systems was first regulated under Law No. 11 of 2008 regarding Electronic Information and Transactions, as amended (“ITE Law”), which provides general overarching guidelines for the handling of personal data. The ITE Law stipulates that, unless otherwise regulated, the use of any information pertaining to a person’s personal data through an electronic media requires the consent of such person (Article 26 paragraph (1) of the ITE Law). The elucidation of this article provides that the protection of personal data is a part of privacy rights, and defines privacy rights to encompass the following: Read more »

SSEK Lawyers Recognized in 2017 Asialaw Leading Lawyers

Asialaw 2017

Nine partners and foreign legal advisors at SSEK Legal Consultants were recognized in the 2017 edition of Asialaw Leading Lawyers, the guide to the leading lawyers in Asia-Pacific. The nine were recognized as leading lawyers in Indonesia across a total of six practice areas.

SSEK is a full-service corporate and commercial law firm based in Jakarta. The depth of the firm’s experience and expertise was underlined by its showing in the latest edition of Asialaw Leading Lawyers.

Its partners and advisors were recognized as leaders in the following practice areas: Banking & Finance; Capital Markets; Construction & Real Estate; Corporate/M&A; Energy & Natural Resources; and Projects & Infrastructure.

They were named 2017 Asialaw Leading Lawyers as follows: Read more »

SSEK Partner Ira Eddymurthy Named a Leading M&A Lawyer for Indonesia

Ira Eddymurthy

Ira A. Eddymurthy, a founding partner of SSEK Indonesian Legal Consultants, has been recognized as a leading lawyer for mergers and acquisitions in the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance.

Ira leads SSEK’s M&A practice and has extensive experience working with the largest companies doing business in Indonesia. Who’s Who Legal notes that Ira offers clients comprehensive expertise in the gamut of corporate and M&A matters.

Clients praise her as a “consummate expert” and laud her “sophisticated knowledge of Indonesian law” and her “comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the commercial aims of clients.”

In addition to M&A, Ira is recognized by Who’s Who Legal as one of Indonesia’s leading lawyers for banking, energy and project finance. She is recognized by Chambers & Partners as a leading lawyer for corporate/M&A, Legal 500 for banking and finance, capital markets and corporate/M&A, and by Asialaw for capital markets and corporate/M&A. Read more »

Oil and Gas Transportation and Infrastructure in Indonesia

Oil & Gas Regulation 2017

By Fitriana Mahiddin and Syahdan Z. Aziz

Gas transportation by pipeline in Indonesia is regulated under Government Regulation No. 36 of 2004 regarding Upstream Oil and Natural Gas Business Activities as has been amended by Government Regulation No. 30 of 2009 (“GR 36″) and Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (“MEMR”) Regulation No. 19 of 2009 regarding Natural Gas Business through Pipelines, and is controlled by the Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (“BPH Migas”). It can only be carried out by a business entity established in Indonesia that has obtained a transportation license from the MEMR, unless such transportation is a continuation of the upstream activities of a Production Sharing Contract (“PSC”) Contractor.

The MEMR, as mandated by the Oil and Gas Law (Law No. 22 of 2001 regarding Oil and Gas), has established a transportation master plan. This master plan is relied upon by BPH Migas to, inter alia, determine transmission routes and distribution networks, tender Special Rights, and to determine tariffs in accordance with techno-economic principles.

Governmental Authorizations

In addition to a gas transportation license from the MEMR, a business entity must also obtain Special Rights from the MEMR to transport gas by pipeline within the stipulated transmission and distribution routes by way of tender. An environmental license must also be obtained by preparing the relevant environmental document, which can be an Environmental Impact Analysis (“AMDAL”) or Environmental Management and Monitoring Efforts (“UKL/UPL”), depending on the length and pressure of the pipelines. Read more »

Legal Alert May 2017

Legal Alert

Please find the SSEK Legal Alert for May 2017. The SSEK Legal Alert is a monthly survey designed to keep you up to date with the latest legal developments in Indonesia.

Click here: Legal Alert May 2017

Bauxite Mining and Alumina Refinery Investment Environment in Indonesia

Michael Carl

Michael S. Carl, an international legal adviser at SSEK Indonesian Legal Consultants, was invited to give a presentation at the 3rd Global Bauxite Conference 2017 on the Bauxite Mining and Alumina Refinery Investment Environment in Indonesia. The conference was held June 14-15 in Jakarta.

You can find his presentation materials here.

Michael Carl is the supervising adviser for SSEK’s mining practice. He works with multinationals and large domestic companies on all aspects of their operations in Indonesia’s mining sector, including advising on smelting and other possible investments in mining assets in Indonesia. Michael is recognized for his broad knowledge and experience with Indonesian law and his ability to help companies navigate the country’s regulatory environment. Read more »