Ashurst hires major restructuring team in Asia

Ashurst today announces the appointment of a market-leading team of three partners and a senior consultant that will significantly strengthen its restructuring and special situations capability in Asia.
The team, which comprises Bertie Mehigan, Joel Hogarth, Ratih ‘Ipop’ Nawangsari and Debby Sulaiman, has acted on some of the most significant and high profile restructuring matters in the region over the last ten years, particularly in Indonesia.

Bertie Mehigan has been appointed partner in Ashurst’s finance team in Hong Kong. He joins the firm from the Singapore office of O’Melveny & Myers, where he was a senior partner focusing on cross-border financing, restructuring and investment. Bertie has worked in Asia for more than 20 years and most recently has been advising on various distressed situations matters and transactions, principally in China and Indonesia. He is widely recognised as one of the leading restructuring and finance lawyers in SE Asia.

Joel Hogarth, corporate partner in O’Melveny & Myers’ Singapore office, will join Ashurst as a partner and will join as a senior foreign legal consultant with Ashurst’s associated Indonesian firm – Oentoeng Suria & Partners (‘OSP’). Joel focuses on M&A and private equity, with significant experience in restructuring and special situations in Indonesia. He is both English and New York-qualified and since 2001 has advised investment funds, financial institutions and corporates on high profile Asian transactions.

Ipop Nawangsari, also from O’Melveny & Myers’ Singapore office, joins Ashurst as a partner in its energy, resources & infrastructure practice. Ipop will also join OSP as partner and will be based in Jakarta. Ipop specialises in corporate and finance and has extensive expertise in advising on major Indonesian matters, with a particular focus on energy, resources and infrastructure. She is admitted to practice in Indonesia.

Debby Sulaiman joins the firm as a dispute resolution, bankruptcy and restructuring senior consultant in Jakarta. Debby was previously seconded by O’Melveny & Myers as a partner at Jakarta-based law firm, Tumbuan & Partners. Debby also joins OSP as partner. She has in-depth experience of handling complex domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes and has also undertaken antitrust, construction and aviation- related cases.

Co-Global Head of the Restructuring & Special Situations practice group, partner James Marshall, said:

“Appointing such a high-profile and well-regarded regional restructuring team with a very strong Asian focus, particularly in Indonesia will add further additional depth to our existing Asia Pacific capability and help create an even stronger platform from which to serve our clients in Asia, Australia and throughout the rest of the Ashurst network. They are a perfect complement to our existing tier one restructuring practice in Australia and Europe. I am confident that they will allow us to further capitalise on the significant opportunities in the Asia Pacific market. ”

Matthew Bubb, Ashurst managing partner, Asia, said:

“As a result of the high profile work undertaken on restructuring and special situations matters, the team has advised many of the key corporates, financial institutions, hedge funds and private equity houses in the region. Their appointment, therefore, will not only allow us to significantly boost the firm’s finance, restructuring and special situations offering but will also strengthen our corporate, energy and infrastructure and disputes practices in Jakarta, Hong Kong and Singapore.”

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