Richard D. Emmerson is a senior advisor to Soewito Suhardiman Eddymurthy Kardono (SSEK) in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has extensive experience in labor and employment matters, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations and infrastructure development projects (drinking water, private power), and advises clients in the insurance, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, services and manufacturing sectors. He has been endorsed by the International Financial Law Review, Chambers Asia, Who’s Who Legal, and Asia Law & Practice as a leading labor and employment lawyer, and by Acquisition International, Chambers Global and Asia Law & Practice as a leading practitioner in the fields of M&A, insurance, corporate and commercial practice, corporate restructuring and corporate governance. Mr. Emmerson is a graduate of Queen's University in Canada and is admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) as a Barrister and Solicitor.
Soewito Suhardiman Eddymurthy Kardono (SSEK) was established in 1992 and is now one of the largest corporate and commercial law firms in Indonesia, with 60 attorneys. SSEK was named the 2013 Indonesian Law Firm of the Year by Chambers Asia-Pacific, an honor it also received in 2011. SSEK was named by Who’s Who Legal as the Indonesian Law Firm of the Year in 2013, becoming the only law firm in Indonesia to receive this award on five occasions. SSEK was an Asian-MENA Counsel Indonesian Law Firm of the Year in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009. SSEK's lawyers have received numerous individual awards and recognitions, including from the International Financial Law Review, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Asia Law & Practice, Chambers Global and Chambers Asia.
SSEK has the Indonesian legal knowledge and the global outlook to understand each client's problems, identify the local and international issues, and formulate appropriate solutions. SSEK helps clients minimize risk and achieve their business goals. SSEK has a diverse range of clients including multinational corporations, private and publicly listed companies, local banks and local branches of international banks, financial institutions and insurance companies, manufacturers, mining and energy companies, traders, real estate developers, engineering and construction firms, international hotels and service companies.
SSEK was named the 2013 Indonesian Law Firm of the Year for Labor and Employment by M&A International, and is consistently rated as a top-tier employment and labor law firm by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.
Firm Practice Areas
SSEK is a full-service commercial and corporate law firm. Our lawyers are involved in deals across all practice areas, including direct and indirect investment; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions; corporate debt restructuring; oil and gas; capital markets and securities; banking; financing and insurance; energy; mining and natural resources; infrastructure development and project finance; distribution and competition law; telecommunications; IT and e-commerce; labor and employment law; tax law; intellectual property; real estate and conveyancing; tourism; litigation support; and arbitration and dispute resolution.
EMPLOYMENT LAW DEPARTMENT In recent years, Indonesia's labor environment has become exceptionally complicated, with labor laws and regulations changing frequently. SSEK keeps abreast of all these changes and advises corporate clients on severance matters, personnel policies and work rules, employment contracts, collective bargaining arrangements, pension funds, secondment arrangements, mandatory training and social security programs, employee stock option plans and related matters. In the event of labor disputes, SSEK represents its corporate clients in settlement negotiations and appears before the labor court.