Makarim & Taira S

Jakarta

Established in 1980 by two Harvard graduates, Nono Anwar Makarim and Frank Taira Supit, Makarim & Taira S. (M&T) is one of Indonesia’s leading business law firms, offering a full range of corporate, banking, litigation and specialist legal services to national and international clients. Our longstanding reputation among policymakers, regulators, State-owned companies and world-leading industry groups provides us with unique insights into the latest government policies and developments in industry. We guide clients through Indonesia’s complex, dynamic regulatory landscape so they can achieve their commercial goals.

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Arbitration & ADR

BANI legal status up in the air
Indonesia | 11 April 2019

The Indonesia National Board of Arbitration (BANI) was established in 1977. In 2016 the Ministry of Law and Human Rights created BANI Pembaharuan (ie, the Renewed BANI), which claims that it is a revised version of the original BANI. However, the original BANI does not recognise the Renewed BANI and claims that it has been using the BANI name unlawfully. This duality could create uncertainty when commercial parties wish to appoint BANI as their dispute settlement forum.

Employment & Benefits

Partnership agreements in view of Manpower Law
Indonesia | 10 October 2018

One of the most common ways in which a company can use a person's services is by entering into a partnership agreement and thereby treating them as a partner instead of an employee. However, partnership agreements often give rise to disputes, especially if they are terminated. There have been many cases in which the Manpower Office or the Industrial Relations Court have deemed poorly drafted partnership agreements to be employment agreements.

All in the family: court removes restriction on employment of spouses and blood relatives
Indonesia | 13 June 2018

Previously, under the Manpower Law, employers in Indonesia could include an article in their employment agreements, company regulations or collective labour agreements which allowed them to terminate employees for having a marital or blood relationship with another employee in the same company. However, the Constitutional Court recently sided with eight individual claimants who contended that the wording of the law contravened their constitutional rights.

Uncertainty of foreign employment status
Indonesia | 25 April 2018

The number of expatriate employees taking legal action against their employers for terminating their employment contracts, whether for economic reasons or for misconduct, has grown in recent years. Although most jurists maintain that expatriates cannot be permanent employees or receive the same severance entitlements as Indonesian permanent employees, this has not always been the case.

Immigration

New regime for hiring foreign employees
Indonesia | 21 December 2018

Indonesian entities must comply with certain requirements and follow a specific procedure when hiring foreign employees. The requirements and procedure used to be provided for in Minister of Manpower (MOM) Regulation 16/2015, as amended by MOM Regulation 35/2015. However, in 2018 the MOM issued a new regulation, which introduced a requirement to obtain a notification from the MOM when hiring foreign employees.

Uncertainty surrounding legal status of foreign employees
Indonesia | 17 August 2018

The employment of foreign citizens in Indonesia is subject to various restrictions, including with regard to employment terms. Foreign employees can be employed only on a temporary basis and thus cannot be considered permanent employees. However, they also cannot be considered fixed-term employees under Articles 56 and 59 of the Manpower Law. Despite this framework, mediators and the Industrial Relations Court have expressed inconsistent views on the legal status of foreign employees.

Real Estate

Five issues commonly encountered in commercial building leases
Indonesia | 01 March 2019

Leasing is an easy way for businesses to acquire office space in a prime location and helps them to free up working capital. Thus, a carefully prepared lease agreement is invaluable for the lessee and lessor. As a number of issues may be encountered when leasing a building for office space, it is important to consider these ahead of time.