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Hogan Lovells (Mongolia) LLP’s team is praised for ‘its international and local knowledge successfully combined with appropriate advice; the lawyers provide well-grounded professional assistance’. Its diverse practice continues to develop in the country and spans multiple sectors including mining, conventional and renewable energy, banking and finance, telecoms and consumer goods. Highlights included advising the Ministry of Finance on the Mongolian law aspects of the closure of a sovereign bond offering totalling $600m. The practice is led by Chris Melville, ably aided by counsel Anthony Woolley and senior associate Solongoo Bayarsaikhan.

MDS & KhanLex LLP houses one of the largest practices in the country, where the lawyers are praised for understanding clients’ business needs and providing pragmatic solutions to complex matters. The firm is recognised for capital markets matters, finance issues and cross-border transactions; its expertise also spans areas such as projects, intellectual property, real estate and dispute resolution. Work highlights included acting for Moncement Building Materials on drafting, negotiating and executing an EPC contract for the construction of a grinding station in Ulaanbaatar, and an O&M agreement for the production of cement. The team has also assisted the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs with drafting the new Mongolian arbitration law enacted in January 2017. Maizorig Janchivdorj and Enkhbat Batsukh are recommended.

MahoneyLiotta LLP has an ‘unrivalled team of international and Mongolian experts’, which receives commendation from local and international clients. Key sectors include mining, energy, commercial banking, investment banking, residential and commercial real estate, international trade, and acquisition of privatized assets. Daniel Mahoney, James Liotta, Narantuya Gunddegmaa, Enkhtur Demberelsuren and Paul Weiffenbach are the key contacts.

‘Versatility, growing experience and command of political and regulatory issues’ are some of the traits most applauded by clients of Minter Ellison Lawyers. ‘It is a great firm to work with in a challenging environment like Mongolia’ and is best known for mining matters. As such, it advised Mongolian Mining Company (MMC) on a complex, cross-border restructuring process, which permitted MMC to restructure its outstanding $800m debt to $450m. Corporate, employment, construction, real estate, restructuring and dispute resolution are other areas of strength. With experience in commercial, corporate and projects matters, Sebastian Rosholt leads the team, and Dunnaran Baasankhuu is also noted. Elisabeth Ellis left to join the firm’s Australian practice.

Anand Advocates LLP is respected for its advice across all areas of Mongolian law as well as international commercial matters. The lawyers are internationally trained and are able to conduct business in several languages including Chinese, English, French, Japanese and Russian. Expertise spans banking, corporate, capital markets, infrastructure matters, and the roster of clients comprises mining corporations, international banks and project management firms, among others. Batzaya Bodikhuu, Enkhtsetseg Nergui and Otgonbaatar Chluun are the main contacts.

DLA Piper’s Singapore managing partner Joe Bauerschmidt and Myles Hankin (also in Singapore) are the key names for Mongolian instructions. They are vastly experienced in instructions in the energy, mining and real estate areas. Recent highlights include handling cross-border financing issues for a major global investment banking corporation.

Work highlights for ELC LLP Advocates have included assisting the government of Mongolia with the structuring and drafting of legislation reforms. On the contentious side, past work saw the firm represent a client in a major case before the Administrative Court where it successfully convinced the tribunal that the client was rightfully entitled to a tax refund for the amount of MNT8.3bn. Managing partner Bayar Budragchaa is the key contact name. Taivan Natsagdorj is also noted.

GTs Advocates LLP ‘successfully matches cohesive teamwork with commitment to clients’. Its core practice areas span corporate and M&A, banking and finance, and projects (engineering, mining and construction). Managing partner Zoljargal Dashnyam is the key contact name.

Mayer Brown JSM has a proven track record acting for Mongolian banks, international banking institutions and public corporations. The firm is also highly regarded for capital markets work; for example, it recently assisted the Ministry of Finance with the issuance of $500m notes due in 2021 connected to its existing $5bn global medium term note programme. Head of practice Jason Elder and Thomas Kollar are both recommended.

From its Singapore office, Sidley Austin LLP handles high-end transactions, financial matters, regulatory issues and complex litigation relating to Mongolia. Work highlights included acting for a Mongolian natural resources company on matters connected with honouring existing liabilities and the avoidance of a bankruptcy declaration. The firm also assisted the lead sponsor with the development, construction and financing of a major freight rail network. Singapore managing partner Matthew Sheridan is the name to note.

Key areas of practice for Allens’ Ulaanbaatar office include project finance and capital markets. The firm has assisted (for over a decade) international corporations interested in entering or strengthening their presence in Mongolia. Kate Axup is noted.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP advises on an array of areas such as financing, litigation (particularly concerning mining projects), real estate, and restructuring and insolvency. A previous instruction saw the firm handling structured finance matters related to large-scale coal mine Tavan Tolgoi. Singapore-based Marius Toime is recommended.

From its Tokyo office, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP handles project finance and capital markets instructions connected to Mongolia. The team has advised lenders in relation to financing the Oyu Tolgoi project. James Grandolfo is noted.

Full-service firm Ashid Advocates LLP acts for local and international clients from a variety of industries such as financial services, energy, real estate, transportation, infrastructure, medicine and trading. Managing partner Sh Tsolmon is the key name.

LehmanLaw Mongolia LLP comprises local and international lawyers. Clients include several large mining companies, mid- to medium-sized financial institutions and start-ups. Edward Lehman is the key contact name.

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