Karen Mills has practiced in Indonesia for almost 25 years and is one of the founders of the KarimSyah law firm in Jakarta. Ms. Mills is a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the Singapore and Hong Kong Institutes, acted as special advisor to the Board of BANI, for which she drafted the new procedural rules, is on the panel of arbitrators of most arbitral institutions in the region, including that of China. Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand and the Philippines, and also serves as a Domain Name panelist under ADNDRC, Hong Kong and Beijing.
A graduate of New York University School of Law and member of the New York bar, Ms. Mills commenced her legal career with Haight, Gardner Poor and Havens specialising in maritime and aviation financing. Her primary fields of expertise include financing and restructuring, Oil, gas and energy matters, information technology, insurance and general cross-border transactions. She teaches and writes extensively on arbitration and other matters around the world, and has written more than 100 papers published in international professional journals and books.
KarimSyah was established in 1997 (under a former name) and has quickly become recognised as one of Indonesia's most highly respected mid-sized firms. One of very few firms with both transactional and litigation divisions, the firm often represents the Indonesian government and major state-owned companies, as well as offshore law firms and local and multi-national business groups, handling all manner of commercial litigation, including medical malpractice defense, aviation, insolvency and insurance, as well as all manner of dispute resolution. The transactional division specialises in banking and finance, oil gas and energy, insurance, restructuring and general cross-border transactions and joint ventures.