Norton Rose has signed an alliance with Jakarta firm Susandarini & Partners while also bulking up its Australia practice with the hire of an IP partner from Allens Arthur Robinson.
Susandarini & Partners is led by managing partner Susandarini, who established the 15-lawyer office late last year with a view to becoming Norton Rose’s formal relationship firm in Indonesia.
Norton Rose has worked with Susandarini for around five years. Previously she was a partner at Soewito Suhardiman Eddymurthy Kardono, where she built up experience advising banks, insurance companies, corporates and other financial institutions. Susandarini has also advised on energy and infrastructure projects including projects in the oil and gas, mining and transport sectors.
As part of the association, Norton Rose is planning to second a number of partners from Australia to Jakarta, where they will work as foreign counsel. Under Indonesian bar rules, international law firms are prohibited from opening offices in the country and need approval to second lawyers there.
In a statement Norton Rose deputy chief executive Don Boyd said: “Indonesia has one of the strongest economies in the region. It’s rich in natural resources and has a commitment to building infrastructure including roads, railways and ports.
“It’s therefore an increasingly important market for our international business.”
In Sydney, Norton Rose has taken on Allens Arthur Robinson partner Jackie O’Brien, who has been with the Australian firm for 15 years. She advises on trademarks, copyright, patents, confidential information and know how, designs and misleading and deceptive conduct.
Boyd said: “[O’ Brien’s] industry experience fits well with our focus on financial services, retail, media and, the growing field of social media.”