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Julian Kwek

Co-Head, Indonesia Desk
Co-Head, Corporate Restructuring & Workouts
Corporate & Finance

Julian co-heads our Indonesia Desk and Corporate Restructuring & Workouts Practice. He focuses on cross-border mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, debt workouts, and corporate restructuring. Julian has been consistently ranked as a leading individual in his field for many years by leading legal publications.

In Indonesia, Julian advises foreign investors and Indonesian groups divesting equity or entering into joint ventures with foreign investors. On the debt workouts and corporate restructuring front, Julian and his team have advised on most of the largest workouts in Indonesia and also on most of the defaults involving PRC companies listed in Singapore.

Julian speaks and writes Mandarin and is conversant in Bahasa Indonesia.

Experience

Indonesia Country Coverage

Julian and his team have handled many high profile matters. Below are some examples.

  1. Advised the Domba Mas Group on the sale of its oleochemical plants to Bakrie Sumatera Plantations. The sale required the restructuring of debt in excess of US$800 million held by various financial institutions and a US$2 billion off-take arrangement with Proctor & Gamble.

  2. Advised PT Bank Negara Indonesia Tbk and PT BNI Securities on a share sale and joint venture with Softbank with respect to Softbank’s entry into the Indonesian financial markets.

  3. Advised a leading palm oil refinery, Mewah, on its $180 million investment and development of a palm oil refinery in Surabaya.

Corporate Restructuring & Workout Matters

Julian and his team have worked on many matters that are Indonesia and China-centric.  In some of these matters they:

  1. Advised on the US$14 billion debt workout and corporate restructuring of the Asia Pulp & Paper group of companies (“APP Group”). The APP Group is one of the largest pulp and paper manufacturers in the world. Its primary operating companies are based in China and Indonesia, and it has more than 250 subsidiaries worldwide. The APP Group’s debt securities are registered primarily with the New York SEC and its equity securities are quoted on the Singapore, Jakarta, and Surabaya exchanges.

  2. Advised on the corporate restructuring of China Hongxing Ltd, a PRC group that is listed in Singapore.

Accolades

Asia Pacific Legal 500
Restructuring & Insolvency 2017 – Recommended Lawyer

Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Restructuring & Insolvency 2017 – Market-Leading Lawyer
Corporate M&A 2017 – Market-Leading Lawyer

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Restructuring/Insolvency 2017 – Band 1 for 7 consecutive years

Clients praise him ‘for his ability to "see beyond the legal implications and advise us on the commercial aspects as well, whilst also being very responsive to our needs."

‘Sources say he is a provider of "excellent, expert advice," and has "an uncanny ability to look beyond the legal issues and advise us on the commercial implications."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide
Private Wealth Law 2017 Indonesia (Expertise based abroad) – Leading Individual

Julian Kwek is a co-head of the Indonesia desk at Singaporean law firm Drew & Napier LLC. He is conversant in Bahasa Indonesia and a significant proportion of his work has an Indonesian focus, both with corporate and private clients.

Kwek helps high net worth families to reorganise offshore holding structures and businesses, as well as assisting with immigration and citizenship applications. He also advises on tax efficiency and complying with the Common Reporting Standard.

Global Arbitration Review 9th edition (2016)

A client praises the group’s response time, business acumen, industry knowledge and appropriate advice, saying “It has a good overall strategy and lawyers work well in both English and Chinese, saving time and misunderstandings.” Julian Kwek was commended for his “professional and efficient service.”

Asialaw Profiles
Corporate/M&A 2012 - Recommended lawyer

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Leading lawyer 2017 - 6 consecutive years 

“I deal a lot with Julian Kwek and his team. I am very impressed with Julian's commitment and professionalism. The team is not there only to provide legal advice, but more importantly they can always come out with an outside the box solution to address those risks and concerns that the clients might have,” says a client.

‘Regarded as “very knowledgeable in legal aspects in Singapore as well as the Indonesian legal environment. He is always responsive and able to provide advice and opinion that combines legal and commercial.”

Best Lawyers International: Singapore
Insolvency and Reorganisation 2017 – Endorsed individual for 6 consecutive years

Appointments/Memberships

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • Honorary Secretary, Workforce Advancement Federation