Attorneys | Johannes C. Sahetapy-Engel
Attorneys | Johannes C. Sahetapy-Engel
Johannes C. Sahetapy-Engel
Your International Local Counsel

Johannes C. Sahetapy-Engel


  • Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
  • Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Capital Investment
  • Environment
  • Labor and Employment
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Mining and Energy
  • Oil and Gas
  • Project Finance
  • Technology, Media, and Telecom (TMT)


Johannes represents a broad spectrum of multinational, regional, and local investors in their Indonesian interests, with specific emphasis on the energy field. He practiced in Singapore for over five years, where he was one of the first Indonesian lawyers to work on major cross border transactions, including major restructurings and reorganizations triggered by the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s.

As a founder of AKSET, Johannes advises clients in a multitude of industries on mergers and acquisitions, financings, and complex transactions. Notable projects include:

  • advising a multinational client on building and operating renewable energy power plants across Indonesia;
  • representing an Indonesian company in negotiating the first KSO (cooperation agreement) with PT Pertamina EP for a producing oil block;
  • representing an international restaurant franchisor in the disposal of all Indonesian assets;
  • representing a South Korean conglomerate in acquiring coal mines in Indonesia; and
  • representing an emerging group of companies in simultaneous acquisitions of several plantation, mining, infrastructure and mining services companies.

He also assists non-governmental organizations and aid-funded contractors in setting up operations in Indonesia. He also widely recognized for his expertise in labor and employment and commercial dispute resolution.


Johannes graduated from Airlangga University in 1994 (Sarjana Hukum degree) and holds a Magister Hukum degree (Master of Laws) from Gadjah Mada University. He is the author of the Indonesian chapter of Getting the Deal Through – Labour & Employment.