In Indonesia, DFDL has established an exclusive association with Mataram Partners. DFDL, along with Mataram Partners has been serving the needs of domestic and foreign investors in Indonesia since 2011.
DFDL practice spans virtually all areas of civil and commercial law in Indonesia, across a broad range of industries, including all aspects of investment in Indonesia, concessions, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, asset acquisitions, financing, construction, and this exciting endeavor.
DFDL’s practice in Indonesia combines the firm’s international legal and tax expertise with a deep knowledge of Indonesia’s business environment.
DFDL teams provide a full range of legal, tax and customs services to foreign and local investors operating in Indonesia or willing to develop cross- border operations throughout the Archipelago, from legal assistance or tax advisory on one aspect of a deal, or a step by step approach during the entire investment process.

Area of Expertise

  • Banking, Finance and Technology
  • VEnergy, Mining and Infrastructure
  • Compliance and Investigations
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Real Estate and Construction
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Employment and Labour
  • Taxation and Accounting

Key Experience

Examples of recent engagements include advising:

True Digital Group, on its expansion and operations as well as market entry study, legal and tax advisory, and entity establishment in Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam.

Gobi, a Chinese venture capital firm, in relation to its USD 14.5 million funding series A round in Deliveree, a logistics platform startup that covers metro areas in Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand.

A US telecommunications company, on its acquisition of a landline telephone network in West Java and related concession rights by the Indonesian government and subsequently, a USD 615 million financing (and refinancing) of its operations.

Blue Circle, a Southeast Asian Major Independent Power Producer, in relation to its wind projects across Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines and Vietnam.

A major Chinese oil company, on its bid to acquire a Jakarta-listed oilfield services company, including capital market regulatory aspects in Indonesia.

PT Trafigura, in preparation of the company’s regulation and employment contracts in Indonesia.

Key Members

Vinay Ahuja

Vinay is a partner in the regional Banking & Finance Practice Group and is the Group Leader. He also serves as the head of the India Desk and as well as leading the firm’s Indonesia Practice. He is a fintech and technology specialist.

With 15 years of transactional and advisory experience, a decade of which has been spent in Southeast Asia with DFDL, Vinay has advised several domestic and international banks both lenders and borrowers, sponsors, private and institutional investors, insurance companies, development banks, governments, agencies and state owned enterprises in their domestic and cross-border finance transactions including commercial and institutional lending, acquisition and leveraged finance, project finance, securitization and structured finance, derivatives, secured and unsecured transactions, and regulatory advice and compliance. He also leads on a number of key client relationships and is one of the firm’s B&F sector leaders.

He has also advised a vast spectrum of corporate and multinational clients on complex transactions in Indonesia, Lao PDR and Thailand relating to energy, infrastructure, mining, information technology, telecommunications, transport and logistics, and agriculture. Of late, he has been advising several clients operating in the realm of block chain and crypto currencies.

A regular speaker at various international industry conferences, seminars, and workshops, Vinay has also authored a number of articles and papers published in various newspapers, magazines and journals, including the IPBA Journal, Asian-MENA, ALB, and IBLJ.

Vinay has also been recognized as a ‘Distinguished Practitioner’ by Asia Law in 2020 and Thailand’s Top 100 Lawyer in 2019 by Asia Business Law Journal.

Vinay Ahuja

Partner, Head of Regional Banking, Finance & Technology Practice & Head of Indonesia Practice

Sri Wahyu Ningsih

Sri Wahyu Ningsih is a Senior Legal Consultant at our Jakarta office. Sri’s areas of expertise cover investment law, labor and employment, immigration, tourism, consumer protection, dispute resolution and general corporate and commercial matters. This is reflected by the numerous foreign client she has advised on share and asset acquisitions operating in various sectors such as; mining, shipping, trading, tourism and hospitality and industrial and manufacturing. Sri regularly assists foreign clients on the establishment of local subsidiaries (including joint venture companies and special purpose entities) to facilitate their market entry and business activities in Indonesia. This has included shepherding clients through the complexity of the application process with the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board and helping them secure the licenses and permits required under Indonesian law in alignment with their particular business objectives and contemplated activities.

Sri frequently advises mining and major oil & gas clients and was involved with an in-depth review of Indonesian mining laws and regulations. Her research competence and skillset in this domain also saw her conducting a similar exercise on the oil & gas regulatory framework which led to her presentation of a white paper to the Indonesian government concerning proposed amendments to oil & gas laws and regulations.

Sri is also often called upon to advise lenders and borrowers in connection with secured lending transactions in Indonesia including sensitive matters that involve complex debt refinancing. Her years of experience in practice has made her well-accustomed to working closely with clients in facilitating their registration, licensing and permitting needs with governmental departments and regulatory authorities. As a result, Sri has an excellent working relationship and solid rapport with relevant governmental officials, departmental heads and industry stakeholders that she liaises with on a frequent and on-going basis.

Sri Wahyu Ningsih

Senior Legal Consultant

Imran Harahap

Imran is a member of Indonesian tax consultants association, and holds license C registered tax consultants, the highest qualification to practice tax in Indonesia. He has experience in advising on Indonesian tax matters, including international tax planning, indirect taxes, corporate tax, structuring transactions and experienced in dealing and managing tax dispute cases with tax authorities in Indonesia.

Imran Harahap

Tax Adviser

Deby Tridata

Deby Tridata is a legal adviser based in our Jakarta office. She supports the Indonesia practice and provides assistance on all Indonesian law matters. She has more than six years’ of experience ranging across general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure, and employment matters for both local and international clients in various industries including energy, project development, technology, insurance and agriculture. In addition, Deby has also been involved in several civil, criminal, and administrative litigation cases. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Indonesia and has been admitted to the Indonesian Bar. She is fluent in both English and Bahasa Indonesia.

Deby Tridata

Legal Adviser