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  1. Leading firms
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Enkhbat Batsukh - MDS & KhanLex LLP
    • Jason Elder - Mayer Brown
    • Maizorig Janchivdorj - MDS & KhanLex LLP
    • James Liotta - MahoneyLiotta LLP
    • Daniel Mahoney - MahoneyLiotta LLP
    • Chris Melville - Melville Erdenedalai LLP
    • Erdenedalai Odkhuu - Melville Erdenedalai LLP
    • Sebastian Rosholt - Minter Ellison Lawyers

Next generation lawyers

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Ulaanbaatar-based MahoneyLiotta LLP's specialisms encompass the metals, mining, energy, banking and real estate sectors, in addition to development and infrastructure projects. The team of Mongolian and international practitioners is led by 'effective operators' and founding partners Daniel Mahoney and James Liotta and includes mining expert Narantuya Gunddegmaa and litigator Enkhtur Demberelsuren.

Under the leadership of managing partner Enkhbat Batsukh, the full-service MDS & KhanLex LLP advises both domestic and international corporates and has particular expertise in litigation; historic highlights including a major Singapore arbitration brought by a Mongolian company against a Chinese contractor. On the non-contentious front, it often handles financing transactions relating to the local mining and energy sectors, on behalf of borrowers and lenders. Senior associate Uchralbayar Iderkhangai handles the full spectrum of corporate work. Maizorig Janchivdorj, Sugarnyam Peljee and Dugerjav Dash-Onolt are also names to note.

The 'knowledgeable and innovative' team at Minter Ellison Lawyers is particularly noted for its ability to 'help clients navigate the Mongolian legal system' on matters as diverse as energy and resources, capital markets, finance and employment law. In one stand-out matter, 'practical and effective' Sebastian Rosholt advised the Hong Kong subsidiary of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, as joint provisional liquidators of MMC, on the restructure of outstanding debt, by way of two simultaneous schemes of arrangement in both the Cayman and Hong Kong High Courts. He is currently instructed by Xanadu Mines in relation to a proposed dual listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In another highlight, Elisabeth Ellis assisted Symblor Solar Slam with the lease of land of the construction of a 50MW solar power plant in Khanbogd province. Dunnaran Baasankhuu is recommended for her experience in interfacing with the Mongolian government on numerous high-value transactions. Scott Schlink left the firm for an in-house position in August 2018.

Anand Advocates LLP is a 'safe pair of hands' for domestic and international business mandates matters involving Mongolian law. The group's expertise spans all of the major areas of the Mongolian economy and it is also able to advise on employment and intellectual property issues. On the contentious front, the firm provides across the spectrum of administrative, civil and commercial litigation services. Batzaya Bodikhuu, Enkhtsetseg Nergui, Otgonbaatar Chluun and Erkhembaatar Jargaltsengel are the key names.

GTs Advocates LLP is predominantly known for handling corporate, banking and projects work, including engineering and mining mandates, for a variety of corporates and government agencies. In a recent standout matter, the group advised the Government of Mongolia on an exchange offering and issuance of $580m seven-year notes. Battushig Batsuren, Solongo Battulga and Tsolmonchimeg Enkhbat are recommended.

ELC LLP Advocates is a large local full-service firm geared towards supporting international and local corporates with all aspects their operations in Mongolia. Historic mandates include advising the Mongolian government on structuring and drafting legislation. Clients include BlueMon Group, Silk Road LLC and Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar Hotel LLC. Managing partner Bayar Budragchaa, experienced litigator Taivan Natsagdorj, financial services expert Baasanjargal Khurelbaatar and corporate lawyer Bolorchimeg Khuyag are the key practitioners.

Commended for its 'effectiveness' and 'commercial orientation', the team at Mayer Brown handles Mongolia-related work from its Hong Kong offices.  The group is mainly geared towards handling the contentious and non-contentious aspects of debt capital market and financing transactions; regularly advising Mongolian financial institutions, the Mongolian government and quasi-sovereign agencies on high-value deals. Highlights for Jason Elder included advising the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Mongolia on its issuance of $600m 8.75% notes due in 2024 following the IMF's decision to provide an extended loan facility to Mongolia. 'Particularly good' David Harrison advised International Investment Bank on a €30m facility extended to Development Bank of Mongolia to finance government projects. Thomas Kollar is another key practitioner with extensive Mongolia capital markets experience.

Melville Erdenedalai LLP was founded by former Hogan Lovells (Mongolia) LLP partners Chris Melville and Erdenedalai Odkhuu following the legacy firm's retreat from the Mongolian market in 2017. The key areas of expertise within the new team (which provides 'excellent quality') include banking and finance and corporate matters, with a focus on the energy sector. On the corporate front, the group advises foreign investors and Mongolian corporates on matters including joint venture arrangements, mining-sector M&A. The group's active projects practice handles a range of transactions in relation to the wind power and oil industry. In terms of banking and finance, it is often instructed on bilateral commercial loans into Mongolia and debt restructuring. In one mandate, the team advised the Ministry of Finance on the Mongolian law aspects of its exchange offer and new issuance of $800m sovereign bonds. The group advises EBRD on the local aspects of a technical co-operation framework, which is focused on the capital markets sector. On the contentious front, it was instructed by CEIEC on the Mongolian elements of a Hong Kong international arbitration procedure.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy operates from its Hong Kong offices, where James Grandolfo leads on matters involving Mongolia alongside Washington DC-based Michael Nolan. The group's particular focus is capital markets work for the Government of Mongolia, but it also has a niche in handling treaty-based arbitration. Other areas of expertise include project finance, investigations and disputes involving Mongolian parties. Matters of note include advising Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase as joint dealer managers in the tender offer for all of the government's 4.125% notes due in 2018 and as joint lead managers in the new issuance of $800m 5.625% notes due in 2023. The group successfully represented the government in an investor-state arbitration administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, commenced after Mongolian courts invalidated an iron ore mining licence previously granted to multiple Chinese corporates for the Tumurtei deposit.

ASHID ADVOCATES LLP advises a mixture of domestic and international corporates. The group is well placed to advise on investments into Mongolia, particularly from China. Areas of expertise include anti-bribery and corruption services, environmental law, non-profit matters and labour law. Key practitioners include co-managing partners Sh Tsolmon and Marun Solir, as well as projects expert D Orgil.

Avinex Partners LLP was co-founded in 2017 by Solongoo Bayarsaikhan, who was formerly a partner at Hogan Lovells (Mongolia) LLP, and experienced corporate lawyer Nominchimeg Odsuren. The group provides a full Mongolian law service, including general corporate law, banking and finance and matters pertaining to energy, mining and infrastructure projects. The group also handles arbitration and dispute resolution.

DLA Piper's Mongolia offering is handled from Singapore by Joe Bauerschmidt and Myles Hankin and draws on the duo's expertise in capital markets work. The firm's main sectors of focus are energy, mining and real estate.

The main practitioners at LEHMANLAW MONGOLIA LLP are Edward Lehman and Amarjargal Lkhagvaa. The group is able to provide a full service to domestic and international clients operating in Mongolia. Clients include a number of mining companies, start-ups and mid-sized financial institutions.

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