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Dr. Mohamed Idwan Ganie

Dr. M. Idwan Ganie, born 1955 in Amsterdam has been practicing law for over 30 years.


Educational Background 

Dr. Ganie was raised in the Netherlands, Germany and Indonesia. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Indonesia and holds a PhD in Law from the University of Hamburg. Dr. Ganie has completed further studies at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies in London; the Max Planck Institute for International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany; and in political studies at the Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultaet of the University of Zurich.


Professional Associations

  • Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Anti-Trust Lawyers (Perkumpulan Konsultan Hukum Persaingan Usaha)
  • Member of the Regional Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”)
  • Chairman of the Indonesian Court of Arbitration of Sports (Badan Arbitrase Keolahragaan Indonesia)
  • Fellow (FSIArb) of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Member of the Indonesian Bar Association (PERADI), the Asia Pacific Bar Association, the Law Council of Australia (since 2006) and the Indonesian Association of Capital Market Lawyers.
  • Member of Association for International Arbitration (AIA).
  • Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). 
  • Arbitrator at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KRLCA).


Dr. Ganie's Recent Recognitions and Appointments

  • Leading Lawyer 100 - since 2012, for successive years, 'Lawyer Monthly' (London) voted Dr.Ganie one of the world's 100 leading lawyers, published in its "Leading Lawyer 100" edition.
  • Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2012. - 'Who's Who Legal' (London), the International Research Partner of the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, includes Dr. Ganie as one of the 496 world's exceptional banking lawyers who stand out worldwide.
  • Asialaw's Leading Lawyer. - In April of this year the 2012 'Asialaw' Leading Lawyers Survey, one of the largest annual surveys of Asia Pacific-focused private practitioners, aiming to identify the region’s most highly acclaimed legal experts across key practice areas, identifies Dr Ganie as Indonesia's "Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyer 2012".
  • ACQ Magazine Overall Lawyer of the Year since 2012
  • Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the Year since 2012
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2015 Corporate/M&A
  • Lawyers World Leading Lawyer since 2012
  • The International of Who's Who of Banking Lawyers since 2013 
  • ICFM 500 Leading Lawyer 2015
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport/Tribunal Arbitral du Sport. - the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne  appointed Dr. Ganie as first Indonesian practitioner to become a member of the Court's panel of international arbitrators, chosen for his specialist knowledge of arbitration and sports law.


Representative Clients

Dr. Ganie’s international commercial transactions and litigation clients include:

  • Goldman Sachs (US),
  • Temasek Holdings (Singapore),
  • Hutchison Whampoa (Hong Kong), and
  • Mitsui (Japan)


Academic and Related Activities

  • Senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Indonesia where he lectures on Legal Research, Legal Writing, Legal Reasoning and Legal Due Diligence and is also a lecturer at a number of other universities and academic institutions in Indonesia.
  • Lecturer for the Bar Admission of the Indonesian Bar Association (PERADI)
  • Frequent speaker at international conferences and seminars covering a wide range of Indonesian legal issues.



Dr. Ganie’s publications include a variety of Indonesian legal issues, covering mining, shipping, finance and dispute settlement. International publications include:

  • Author of 'Mergers and Acquisitions Under Indonesian Law' (annual, since 2009), in Peter F.C. Begg (Ed.), Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers (Kluwer Law International BV, Netherlands)
  • Co-author of “Verfrachterkonnossement, Reederkonnossement und Identity-of-Carrier-Klausel (Karsten Schmidt, 1980)
  • Author of “Die Zeitdrachtzahlung and das Zurueckziehungsrecht,” Diss. Hamburg 1982
  • Co-author of the Indonesian law carriage of goods by sea law summary for Prof. Tetley’s Marine Cargo Claims, 4 Ed., 2008.




Dr. Ganie specializes in commercial transactions and commercial litigation, including alternative dispute resolution and has acted as an expert in a number court and arbitration proceedings.

His expertise covers general corporate/company law, mining law, investment law, acquisitions, infrastructure projects/project finance, antitrust law, and shipping/aviation law.

A particular focus of Dr. Ganie’s practice is corporate governance and compliance. This includes legal compliance audits and legal ratings, which is a unique product of the firm.


What others say about Dr. Ganie

  • General: Chambers Global’s “The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business” notes: “Dr. Ganie is widely regarded as “one of the most brilliant legal minds in the country” for his “unbeatable knowledge and networks” and singles him out as a “versatile figure perfectly suited to handling the most challenging transactions.”
  • Project Finance: The Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers lists Dr. Ganie as Emerging Markets Practioner in the field of Project Finance. Chambers Global’s “The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business” notes “Dr. Mohamed Idwan Ganie heads the firm's project finance team and is the primary contact”. The Guide to Asia Pacific’s Leading Law Firm’s notes in the project finance space, the firms standout professionals include Mohamed Idwan Ganie”.
  • Shipping Law: Chambers Guide notes that Dr. Ganie “is one of the best-known shipping lawyers in Indonesia, with a solid non-contentious ship financing practice”. The Asia Pacific Legal 500 in its Guide to Asia’s Commercial Law Firms states that Dr. Ganie “is a highly respected shipping lawyer”. Dr. Ganie has been recognizes as a Leading Lawyer in Shipping & Maritime by Asialaw in 2012.
  • Antitrust Law: The Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide to Asia’s Commercial Law Firms notes: “Name partner Dr Mohamed Idwan Ganie is respected for competition advice”. Chambers UK states that Dr. Ganie “is an acclaimed antitrust expert.”
  • Mergers & Acquition: The IFLR 1000 Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms ranks Dr. Ganie as a Leading Lawyer in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions.
  • Aviation Law: The Guide to Asia Pacific’s Leading Law Firm’s notes “Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo keeps its tier one stance for handling a considerable volume of aviation work. Names to note for this field of work include Mohamed Idwan Ganie”.
  • Coal Mining: The Legal 500 says: “Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo’s experience covers coal and mineral mining, toll roads and other infrastructure projects. Mohamed Idwan (Kiki) Ganie is the name to note in this area”.
  • Dispute Resolution: Most recently ‘Lawyer Monthly Magazine’ has named Dr. Ganie one of the world’s 100 leading lawyers in the practice area of dispute resolution, acknowledging those legal experts in the world’s legal community who have surpassed themselves by performing above and beyond what is expected from them.



Dr. Ganie speaks Indonesian, English, German and Dutch.


Dr. Ganie is the Managing Partner of Lubis, Ganie & Surowidjojo. Under his management the firm has become Indonesia’s largest law firm, and has obtained its ISO certifications for (1) quality management, (2) legal services and (3) environmental quality management system (all issued by UK based Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance) which has made LGS the only Indonesian law firm that has acquired and maintains such international quality standard certifications.


Dr. Ganie is an Independent Commissioner of P.T. Global Mediacom Tbk, the owner of Indonesia’s largest media company (television, radio, online news and printed media).


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