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Darrell R Johnson

Darrell R Johnson

SSEK Legal Consultants14th Floor, Mayapada TowerJl Jend Sudirman Kav 28JakartaIndonesia12920

Global Leader

Energy 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Darrell Johnson wins praise for his “knowledge of Indonesian law, understanding of its environment and ability to articulate to clients”. Clients effuse that they “enjoy working with him and appreciate his energy expertise”.

Biography

Darrell Johnson has resided and practised in Indonesia for 41 years. He has been the senior legal counsel of SSEK since its founding in 1992 and is now its senior of counsel. Mr Johnson works with international companies and large Indonesian firms and has a wealth of experience advising on large, complex transactions.  

Mr Johnson has represented major oil companies active in Indonesia, including ExxonMobil, Total, British Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Anadarko and Hess Corporation, among others. He has been active in the representation of a major US oil company in a joint venture project with Indonesia’s largest coal-bed methane company.

Representative engagements include advising Indonesia’s state-owned oil and gas company on the acquisition of a stake in a petrochemical company, counselling Mobil Cepu on regulatory and land issues related to an oil and gas project in Java, and advising Exxon Natuna on regulatory issues pertaining to a multibillion-dollar oil and gas development.

Mr Johnson is described as a “vastly experienced practitioner valued by blue-chip clients as an excellent gateway between the international and Indonesian legal spheres” (Chambers and Partners).

Mr Johnson is recognised by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and Asialaw as a leading practitioner in Indonesia for corporate law/M&A and projects and energy, and has been named by Who’s Who Legal as a leading energy and restructuring and insolvency lawyer.

Mr Johnson is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Stanford Law School, where he served on the Stanford Law Review editorial board. He is a long-time member of the board of governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia.

Restructuring & Insolvency 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Darrell Johnson has over four decades' experience in the field and profound knowledge of insolvency, corporate restructuring, and banking and finance matters.

Biography

Darrell R Johnson is senior of counsel at SSEK Legal Consultants, one of the largest and most highly regarded corporate law firms in Indonesia. Mr Johnson has been with SSEK since the firm’s founding in 1992 and was previously the senior foreign legal counsel at SSEK. He has resided and practised in Indonesia for more than 40 years.

Mr Johnson’s expertise includes restructuring and insolvency, Indonesian finance, banking and capital markets law, foreign investment law, mergers and acquisitions, insurance law, and corporate and commercial law.

Representative engagements include assisting the combined steering committee of creditors in the debt restructuring of Asia Pulp & Paper; assisting an American multinational automaker in closing its operations in Indonesia; and advising a European financial services company on its business structure in the travel insurance and assistance business in Indonesia. Mr Johnson represented a multinational engineering and construction company in restructuring its Indonesian subsidiary, counselled a multinational fast-food company in restructuring its operations in Indonesia, and advised a Japanese equipment manufacturer on its claims against a bankrupt customer.

Mr Johnson has also advised numerous companies on Indonesian acquisitions and divestments, including AIG, AIA, Chartis, Aetna Life, ING Life, McDonald’s Corporation, General Electric Company, Dai-ichi Life, ExxonMobil, Allianz Global and MetLife.

Clients and colleagues praise Mr Johnson for his experience and expertise in Indonesian law, combined with his global outlook. One client said: "Darrell possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience, which makes him a very valuable counsellor and adviser” (IFLR1000).

Mr Johnson was the founding member of the board of advisers, and the principal designer and coordinator, of the ELIPS Project, Indonesia’s commercial law reform project from 1992 to 1998, at the time the largest single-country effort of its kind in the world. Mr Johnson is on the board of advisers of the International and Comparative Law Centre of the Southwestern Legal Foundation, and is a member of the panel of arbitrators at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration. In 1997, Mr Johnson was selected as a fellow of the American Bar Association, and as a founding member of the International Insolvency Institute, the only Indonesian resident attorney to be so honoured. 

Mr Johnson is a long-time member of the board of governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia.

In addition to being recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer in Indonesia, Mr Johnson has been named over the years by various independent legal directories as a leading practitioner in Indonesia in the areas of banking and finance, capital markets, corporate finance, corporate restructuring, insurance and reinsurance, and project finance.

Mr Johnson is a 1966 honours graduate in political science from the University of Southern California and Cambridge University. He earned his JD from Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the board of editors of the Stanford Law Review. Mr Johnson is a member of the State Bar of California and has been admitted to practise before the US Supreme Court and the Federal District Court (Central District) of California.

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