AIBC NSW: A Realistic Appraisal of the IA-CEPA and the Opportunities & Challenges of Business in Indonesia

AEDT : 29 Sep 2020 (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm) GMT+10:00
Zoom Online Webinar

Sydney NSW
AIBC Members Free
Non-Members Free

AIBC NSW Webinar:

A Realistic Appraisal of the IA-CEPA and the Opportunities & Challenges of Business in Indonesia



Dear Members and Friends,

AIBC NSW invites you to an engaging and dynamic Zoom discussion with two experienced operators in Indonesia, Australian lawyer and consultant Bill Sullivan and Singapore-based entrepreneur and corporate strategist Joe Wadekethalakal, who will be providing us with a realist’s view on the opportunities and challenges for doing business in Indonesia following the signing of the recently-signed free trade agreement between Australia and Indonesia (IA-CEPA).

Mr Wadakethalakal will be providing us with an overview of the uneven distribution of economic power in Indonesia and its implications for those doing business in the country, shedding more light on the thought-provoking conclusions that he reached in in his recently-published article (accessible via your Linkedin Profiles) entitled The Four Faces of Indonesia.

Mr Sullivan will be providing us with a realistic appraisal of the IA-CEPA, highlighting both:

the aspects that are most likely to generate benefits for two-way trade and investment; and
the aspects of the IA-CEPA that are most problematic in terms of improving two-way trade and investment.
There will be 15 to 30 minutes allocated for audience Q&A towards the end of the webinar.

About the Panellists:

  • Joe Wadakethalakal (Senior Vice President at Mobile Premier League / Co-Founder of Permitindo): Joe is an experienced founder with a history of success in the media and technology space in Indonesia. In 2015 Joe founded and led the business as CEO, building it into the leading millennial content publisher in Indonesia and a top 5 digital media asset in Indonesia with 20mm++ monthly unique visitors. In 2018 Joe exited Brilio through a sale to KLY (part of the EMTEK Group). Prior to Brilio he launched multiple businesses in Indonesia for foreign clients through Seroja Partners, an Indonesian market expansion advisory practice he founded. He is currently the SVP of corporate development, strategic partnerships, and investor relations at Mobile Premier League, Asia's leading mobile eSports platform. He is also the co-founder of Permitindo, a corporate services advisory practice based in Jakarta, Indonesia.


  • Bill Sullivan (Senior Foreign Counsel at Christian Teo & Partners) (in association with Stephenson Harwood LLP) and (Senior Advisor to Stephenson Harwood LLP): Bill specialises in advising foreign investors on the legal, policy and regulatory aspects of construction, energy, mining and O&G projects in Indonesia and elsewhere in South East Asia including Myanmar. Bill has spoken and written widely on Indonesia's 2009 Mining Law and its implications for foreign investment. Bill is the author of the 2013 book “Mining Law & Regulatory Practice in Indonesia – A Primary Reference Source”, the only internationally published (Wiley, New York) and distributed, comprehensive review, to date, of the 2009 Mining Law and its implementing regulations. As a consequence, Bill is regarded as a leading expert on Indonesian mining law and regulation. In 2015, Bill was part of the Working Group of the Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce which prepared a detailed written submission to the Myanmar Mines Department on what the then proposed new Myanmar Mining Law should provide for in order to encourage world class mining companies to invest in Myanmar’s mining industry. In the aftermath of the Asian Financial Crisis, Bill was seconded to Bank Indonesia where he acted as the Australian Government-funded technical adviser to Bank Indonesia on bankruptcy and debt restructuring.


Nick Alexander – AIBC NSW Chair

We look forward to welcoming our members and frinds to this event.



Nick Alexander