Ilham is a seasoned Senior Associate specializing in project development and project finance at Assegaf Hamzah & Partners (affiliated with Rajah & Tann Asia). Holding a recent master degree from New York University School of Law, he was honored with a scholarship from the esteemed LPDP, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia.

Acknowledged as a rising luminary within the legal sphere, Ilham's exceptional prowess has garnered recognition through prestigious accolades such as the IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2021 and Thomson Reuters' Asian Legal Business. He is also listed as Tier 1 key lawyer in Projects and Energy by Legal500 Asia Pacific 2023, and recognised as a Banking and Finance expert by LexisNexis.

His tenure at AHP commenced in 2018, having previously amassed five years of invaluable experience at another internationally affiliated law firm. Ilham has proficiently represented prominent banking institutions, multinational corporations, and state-owned enterprises in navigating the intricate landscapes of Indonesia's critical infrastructure projects. His proficiency extends to encompass diversified realms including mining, structured financing, debt restructuring, and acquisition financing.

Ilham's expertise is comprehensive, encompassing advisory services for project development and construction frameworks, meticulous drafting and negotiation of multifaceted financial instruments (including inter-creditor agreements, facility agreements, common terms agreements, cash account management agreements, and an array of Indonesian law security documents), as well as the meticulous preparation of project documentation (power purchase agreements, concession agreements, EPC contracts, and O&M contracts).

Across recent years, Ilham has been instrumental in steering transactions that have garnered a total of 13 Deal of the Year awards from an array of esteemed industry publications, reflecting his unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation within the legal domain.

Experience Highlight

  • US$265 million syndicated financing led by Credit Suisse to Plaza Indonesia group - this deal won “Project Finance Deal of the Year” at the ALB Indonesia Awards 2022;

  • US$222 million syndicated financing led by ADB and IFC to develop 275 MW Riau combined-cycle power plant - this deal won “Project Finance Deal of the Year” at the ALB Indonesia Awards 2020;

  • PT Sewatama Sumberdaya US$135 million restructuring deal - awarded as “Indonesian Deal of the Year 2017” by Islamic Finance News;

  • Issuance of the Republic of Indonesia US$2.5 billion Global Sukuk - awarded as “Indonesian Deal of the Year 2016” by Islamic Finance News;

  • Refinancing of Indonesia’s first wind power project, Sidrap Wind Farm – awarded as "Renewable Energy Deal of the Year" at The Asset Tripple A Infrastructure Awards 2021 and shortlisted as “Asia-Pacific Project Finance Deal of the Year” at the IFLR Asia Pacific Awards 2021;

  • Development and financing of Vena Energy solar power plants in Eastern Indonesia – won “Finance Deal of the Year” at the Asia Legal Awards 2019 and “Solar Power Deal of the Year” at the Asian Power Awards 2018;

  • Financing of Hasang hydro-electric power plant in North Sumatera – awarded as “Asia-Pacific Hydro Deal of the Year 2016” by IJ Global;

  • Development of Indonesian largest port, Patimban, the country’s first port development under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme;

  • Construction and financing of PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk US$5 billion petrochemical complex expansion, the country’s largest publicly listed petrochemical company;

  • Development of power plant and aluminum smelter owned by the two Indonesian mining state-owned giants, ANTAM and INALUM.