Sunday, August 28, 2011

Professional Business Lawyer

There are many challenges faced by a Professional Business Lawyers; Before you can advise your Clients you have to be sure that you know what you are talking; Your integrity and professional  reputation is on stack;  As an Indonesian Business Lawyer who had practiced more than 30 Years since 1979 - 1980, you realized that you firstly have to trust your self before you make any legal advise; It is not a matter of pride but more of a professional, where quality is more important than quantity;    

Having been in the real practice as Business Lawyer for more than 30 Years, you tend to love your professional work;   It is really exiting in handling legal aspects in a business community; The art of being independent in providing your legal advice needs some experience of real practice and down to earth matters;  

You have to master and increase your legal knowledge and broaden your mind; You have to research all the legal aspects from various angles of the matter surrounding the business matters of your Client; You must also be aware on the sensitivity of the business goals of your Client; At the same time Good Corporate Governance must be the basis of your target to achieve your integrity and professional character;

You have to be ready to be challenged by your Client, to the legal opinion that you provide and must really digest  the wishes and desires that your Client want to achieve;

You are the master of your mind in providing  your legal opinion;  You have to lead your Client  in your legal professional guide,  after you have really studied the rules,  policies, and master the nature of the contracts and  transactions to guard the business goals desired to be achieved by  your Client; 

Those are some of the tips to be considered and observed by a Business Professional Lawyer in dealing with matters face by your Clients;

Jakarta, August 27, 2011
Agung S.Suleiman 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Quite a While

Yes, it has been quite a while that I was not on the air in writing article in this Blog;  Apparently, I was really busy with the legal works in facing the implementation of the Commercial Production of an oil Area in Indonesia, where we have to strive hard in completing all the facilities production which includes the Gathering Storage Tank of the Crude oil from the Commercial Field  to be transported either by Pipeline, or trucks to the Gathering or Storage Tank at the Terminal Port  to be further shipped to the Tanker or Barge;  

    It is really interesting and quite challenging because under the Indonesian system, there are instances where the Idle Oil Production Facilities can be shared by other Oil Companies, where no profit basis is applied, and sharing costs of the Capital Expenses and Operation Expenses, shall be shared, through the oil throughput arrangements, relating to the sharing usage of such Production Facilities;

As a Business Lawyer you are involved in the legal aspects of this arrangements, where we have to be part of the team in drafting and finalizing this Oil Production Facilities Sharing Agreements.      

Well the operations and commercial professionals staffs must also be involved in completing these production sharing facilities arrangements;    

The target goal of the Oil Production Stream to enable in selling the Crude Oil is most challenging and the Financial aspects are really critical and plays an important role;   

Jakarta, 18 August 2011

The History of Mining Act in Indonesia

From some sources of books  written  by  Indonesian writer concerning The History of Mining Act in Indonesia,  we understand that in  1899 : The (East) Indies Mining Act was passed which laid  down the ground rules under which mining operations, including those by private concerns might be conducted.
  • One of the basic principle which was laid down in the Indische Minjwet of 1899  was that rights over land (Surface rights) is separated from the rights over the Mineral resources, these being vest to the the Government.

Prospecting for minerals was controlled by licenses issued by the Bureau of Mines or the Provincial administrations, and mining concessions were granted on application by the Governor General.
During these period, prospecting Licenses & Concessions could only be granted to  : Dutch Subjects, residents of the Netherlands Indies, and to Companies registered in the Netherlands or the Indies.
  • In 1904 :   An Amendment was passed which froze the granting of concessions in an attempt to keep out new firms.

In 1918 : a New Amendment was passed under which the granting of new concession were resumed, which provides  more favorable terms to the Government.

Under the pre - 1904 concession contracts concessions were granted for a term of 75 years with the Government receiving a percentage of any oil produced plus a fixed price per acre of the concession area. 
We observed that under the concession contracts made after the 1918 amendment the concessionaire was required to pay the Netherland East Indies :
  • 4% excise on the value of crude shipped,
  • a 20% tax on oil profits, and
  • a general tax on corporate profits of 20%.
According to the writer, these provisions was similar to the provisions in Middle East concession contracts on the same period.
by 1940 : 5 International companies was active in Indonesia. :
1912 : the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey began operations in Indonesia, latter merging operations with Mobil to form Stanvac.
In the 1930’s Standard Oil of California entered the scene, latter merging with Texaco to form Caltex.
In this book it is said that together with the Royal Dutch/Shell Company which at that time was the largest producers in Indonesia, these major companies was known as the Big Three..
In 1942, when the Japanese occupied Indonesia, the Indische Minwet of 1899 was rendered in operative, and in anticipation,  it appears that  the Dutch destroyed many of their oil facilities.
  •  When the Japanese entered Indonesia, they put the oil operations under the regional military command and tried to rehabilitate the fields and oil facilities. With the Dutch gone, the Japanese forced to rely on experience Indonesian for help - a fact which strengthened Indonesian’ s confidence in their own ability to run the oil industry.
After the Japanese surrendered and the Indonesian declared its  independence in 1945 , and after taking  4(four) years  of war, a final agreement  was reached at the Round Table Conference in the Hague, which transfered the Netherlands East Indies(with exception of West Irian) to the Federal Republic of Indonesia.
In 1951 : The Indonesian Parlement passed a motion to create a commission to inquire in the problems of Oil & Mining Law, which urged the Government to form within 1 month a State Commission of Mining Affairs.
a) investigating asap problems of oil extraction, & of tin, coal, gold, silver & other mining In Indonesia.
b) Drafting an Indonesian Mining Law in harmony with present conditions.
c) Urges the Government to postpone all granting of concession & exploitation permits, pending the results of the work of the State Commission on Mining Affairs.
The Commission took 5 years to submit its Draft to the parliament.
  • Not until 1960 did the Parliament adopt a New Mining Law (Law no 37/Prp 1960) and Oil and Gas Law (Law No.44/Prp 1960) both promulgated in the form of Emergence Acts to replace the 1988 Mining Law of the East Indies.
The New Statutes not only retained the State‘s Exclusive right to Mineral Resources contained in the colonial legislation but further make it more stronger  it by stipulating that * Only State is authorized to exploit the Mineral resources.
Only the State, as the custodian of the Indonesian people, or on its behalf  a state enterprise can have Mining Rights called an “ Authority to Mine” or Mining Authorization.”

Well, these are some interesting back grounds which was taken from the above interesting book;    

Drilling Rig

Drilling Rig
oil gas