22 Feb 2022
Gregory Churchill (1947-2022)


It was with grief and sorrow that we learned of the untimely passing of our esteemed colleague and retired ABNR foreign counsel, Gregory Churchill, who passed away early on Saturday, February 19, aged 74.


Greg graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1969, before going on to earn his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1975.


Before Harvard, he joined the Peace Corps in Malaysia, after which he visited Indonesia for the first time and spent a year hiking in Sumatra and Sulawesi. After gaining his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard, he worked at Graham & James, California, in 1975-1976, but kept finding himself drawn back to Indonesia during the summer holidays.


In 1976, he returned once again to Indonesia and joined the Legal Documentation Center as a consultant, where he met Mardjono Reksodiputro, a founder of ABNR, who had just set up the Center (now part of the University of Indonesia). Greg actively supported the development of the Center until 1981, and also dedicated his time as a lecturer at the University of Indonesia, where he taught American Law.


He then joined ABNR in 1981, where he gave 26 years of impeccable service as foreign counsel until his retirement in 2007. During his years at the firm, Greg advised a host of corporate clients on various legal aspects of contracts, corporate governance, investment, mergers, acquisitions, trade, licensing, distribution and technical assistance.


He also advised a long list of foundations and NGOs on appropriate legal structures for cultural, educational, environmental, and advocacy programs. In particular, he was a consultant to the International Monetary Fund for the Netherlands-Indonesia Legal and Judicial Reform Program, including bankruptcy reform, judicial reform and the establishment of the Commercial Court and the Anti-Corruption Court (1998-2005).


Greg also served as an advisor to the World Bank (2000-2001, 2005-2006) and the Australian Agency for International Development (2001-2003) on legal and judicial reform programs in Indonesia.


At ABNR, with his extensive and in-depth knowledge, integrity and dedication, Greg made a significant contribution to ensuring that ABNR kept pace with rapid changes in the legal services industry, including with the introduction of modern management information and finance systems.


He also played an instrumental role in helping the firm to keep abreast of the latest developments in IT and knowledge management, developed training programs for associates, and supported the establishment and operation of Yayasan ABNR. It was named in honour of ABNR founding member Ali Budiardjo, to promote continuing legal education and greater access to legal education through the provision of scholarships.


He continued to supervise the operations of Yayasan ABNR after his retirement. He also devoted a considerable amount of his time to training law students for participation in moot court competitions.


Greg was held in high regard by all who came in contact with him as a trusted and esteemed advisor, teacher and mentor. He was also a passionate collector of wayang traditional Indonesian puppets, and had thousands of unique examples in his extensive collection. 


We wish to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to Greg for his invaluable contribution to ABNR, and our heartfelt condolences to his family.