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Acted for a consortium of bidders in their competitive tender for a collective controlling interest in PT Artajasa Pembayaran Elektronis. This deal is significant as PT Artajasa Pembayaran Elektronis is one of only four licensed inter-bank switching companies in Indonesia and this client’s acquisition of PT Artajasa Pembayaran Elektronis is part of the Indonesian government’s wider reform of the digital payments sector in Indonesia.
Acted for a Southeast Asian technology major in its competitive tender for a minority interest in PT Fintek Karya Nusantara, a joint venture between Indonesian state-owned telecommunications company Telkom and Indonesian state-owned banks Bank Rakyat Indonesia and Bank Mandiri. PT Fintek Karya Nusantara owns and operates LinkAja, the fourth largest electronic payments platform in Indonesia.
Acted for Vickers Venture Partners as joint lead investor in the USD 133 million stapled Series B1 and B2 investments in the RWDC group of companies, a Singapore and US-based manufacturer of biodegradable plastics, and the associated finance and construction of up to 12 20-megaton biodegradable plastic polymer manufacturing plants in Indonesia.
Acted for Indonesian e-commerce unicorn Tokopedia in its acquisition of Bridestory and Parentstory, Southeast Asia’s largest online marketplaces for wedding vendors and parent and infant merchants respectively, as part of Tokopedia’s broader regional expansion strategy.
Advised a Chinese technology major on a range of market entry and regulatory issues, including in relation to payment partner arrangements, data protection and privacy, foreign ownership restrictions, employment law, and various licensing and registration regimes administered by the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Informatics in relation to digital services operation.
Advised a Chinese technology major on various applications by its subsidiaries and affiliates to the Indonesian central bank for e-money, e-wallet and payment gateway licences. In addition to preparing and reviewing the relevant license applications, Joel also advised on substantive licensing and regulatory requirements e.g. in relation to domestic payment processing and IT infrastructure.
Advised a payments multinational on the proposed divestment of its Indonesian payment gateway subsidiary, in connection with the single presence policy set out in the new E-money Regulations issued by the Indonesian central bank.
Advised a Chinese technology major in connection with its provision of payment gateway and technical integration services in Indonesia to a ride-hailing unicorn.
Acted for an Indonesian bank in its acquisition of a controlling interest in one of only four licensed inter-bank switching companies in Indonesia. This deal is significant as the acquisition dovetailed with the June 2018 deadline by which all banks in Indonesia must connect to at least two domestic switching companies, as part of the Indonesian government’s wider reform of the digital payments sector in Indonesia.
Acted for AirAsia in the establishment and subsequent dissolution of its joint venture with All Nippon Airways to establish a low-cost regional carrier operating out of Narita International Airport.
Acted for Tiger Airways (now part of Scoot) in its proposed joint venture with Thai Airways to launch “Thai Tiger”, a low-cost regional carrier based in Bangkok. This deal was especially complex as it took place in the immediate aftermath of Thaksin Shinawatra’s ouster as Prime Minister of Thailand and had to take into account numerous legal and political considerations.
Acted for GDF (now Engie), the largest utilities company in Europe, in its acquisition of Keppel FMO, the facilities management subsidiary of Singapore government-linked Keppel Corporation.
Acted for the China Huaneng Group in its SGD 4.235 billion acquisition of Tuas Power Limited pursuant to a competitive tender by Temasek Holdings. This was the largest M&A transaction in Singapore in 2008.
Advocate and Solicitor (Singapore), 2006
Solicitor (England and Wales), 2008
Registered Foreign Lawyer (Indonesia), 2015
"New Fintech Regulations”, published in the February 2018 issue of Asia Legal Business
"Bank Indonesia Issues National Payment Gateway Regulation”, published in the September 2017 issue of Asia Legal Business.
"Duties of E-Commerce Platform Providers”, published in the July 2017 issue of Asia Legal Business.
"Indonesia’s New Negative List – Balancing Competing Interests and Priorities", published in the June 2014 issue of Southeast Asian Infrastructure.
"The Merlion Roars", published in the December 2010 issue of Business Money.
“Indonesia – Late to the Party but Catching Up?”, published in an August 2010 issue (Vol. 7, Issue 32) of Islamic Finance News.
“The End of the Line for AIM Cash Shells”, published in the September 2009 issue of Asian Counsel.
Vice Chairman, Singapore Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia
Member, Law Society of Singapore
Member, Singapore Academy of Law
Faculty Member, Singapore Institute of Legal Education
Joel is a faculty member of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education and tutor for the Advanced Corporate module of the Singapore bar course, as well as a non-faculty lecturer at the Law and Business Faculties of the University of Indonesia, and Universitas Pelita Harapan.
Joel is also a regular speaker on legal and business matters, and has spoken at conferences organised by Asia Legal Business, the Singapore Chamber of Commerce Indonesia, the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta, the Singapore Academy of Law, Endeavor Indonesia, TechinAsia, Wild Digital.
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