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Stephenson Harwood is set to launch on the ground in Indonesia through a tie-up with local firm Christian Teo Purwono & Partners.
The deal, signed on Thursday (24 November), comes 15 years after the firm launched in Singapore.
It is the City firm’s first associated office in Asia. It already has full offices in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Singapore and currently has associated offices in France, Greece, Kuwait and Romania.
Local regulations mean the firm is not permitted to launched on its own in Indonesia and cannot send any London partners to join the operation.
Stephenson Harwood CEO Sharon White revealed the firm had been eyeing an Indonesia deal for a while and would consider further Asian tie-ups.
“I think we’re very open to the idea of doing it. They key is always finding the right people,” she told The Lawyer.
Christian Teo Purwono founder partner Christian Teo said in a statement: “We’re very enthusiastic about the association with Stephenson Harwood. This is an opportunity for us to work closely with an international law firm, which will enable us to offer existing and potential clients a high level of service and enhanced technical expertise both inside and outside of Indonesia.”
White said the deal would bolster the firm’s corporate and projects practices, especially in the resources and telecommunications sector.