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General Business Law — Mongolia


GTs Advocates LLP - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Retains its reputation as a leading domestic firm, especially for banking and finance and capital markets mandates. It is commended for its depth of experience working in conjunction with international law firms and it also enjoys long-standing relationships with multinational financial services clients. Project financing mandates are a particular area of expertise. Also ably handles corporate and regulatory issues connected to high-value projects.

Strengths The team is often highlighted by overseas counsel, with one source saying: "My sense is they seem to be among the best local law firms. I found them to be most responsive and most acclimatised to dealing with Western entities."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Zoljargal Dashnyam is lauded by a peer as "one of the top, if not the top, banking lawyer in Mongolia, and in finance more generally." She has an impressive range of expertise spanning asset finance, structured finance and equity capital markets.

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Hogan Lovells (Mongolia) LLP - General Business Law Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded international firm with a well-established presence in the Mongolian market. Praised for its market-leading capital markets team, as well as for its work for the Mongolian state on project financing matters. Additionally represents state-owned entities in international arbitration proceedings. A popular choice of counsel for international financial institutions.

Strengths Clients praise the team's comprehensive offering, noting: "They're a team of excellent lawyers with both international and local knowledge and experience. They give well-grounded advice within a reasonable timeframe." Another client adds: "They are a well-rounded firm, with broad Mongolian knowledge and experience. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them."

Work highlights Advised the Ministry of Finance on issues relating to the closure of its USD600 million sovereign bond offering.

Notable practitioners

Counsel Anthony Woolley advises international and domestic clients on complex cross-border financing relating to a number of industries. One client states: "I really appreciate his on-the-ground knowledge and responsiveness to our requirements. He's a lot more commercial than many lawyers we've worked with."

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MahoneyLiotta - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A long-standing presence in the market, the firm remains a top choice for domestic and international corporates and investors. Specialises in transactional work, offering expertise in the renewable and traditional energy, real estate and natural resources industries. Project financing is another key area of focus for the firm. Also maintains connections with international law firms, acting as local counsel on cross-border deals.

Strengths One commentator highlights the team's diverse expertise, noting: "They're a great team, they cover all areas of Mongolian law, including tax, which is rare. They're a full-service firm."

Notable practitioners

James Liotta is a prominent figure for work in the energy, infrastructure and financial sectors. He regularly represents corporations on a range of cross-border transactions, including advising on market entry strategies for both multinational and start-up businesses.

Daniel Mahoney advises on a wide range of commercial transactions for leading international corporates and financial entities. He is highly praised by peers and recognised for his experience in many sectors key to the Mongolian economy.

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MinterEllison - General Business Law Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Robust international team that enjoys strong relationships with a variety of banks and financial services companies, as well as major players in the mining and oil and gas industries. Especially active on inbound project financing matters and investment work. Also advises on both domestic and international aspects of major restructurings.

Strengths Client commentary highlights a balance between legal expertise and business awareness, with one source saying: "They're very methodical and legally strong with good understanding of commercial objectives."

Feedback focuses upon the team's client service. As one source notes: "They are extremely through and diligent in their approach. They foresaw and worked through legal issues with a well-balanced approach. The communication is good and they're easy to work with."

Work highlights Acted for PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong as provisional liquidators in the USD800 million multi-jurisdictional debt restructuring relating to the Mongolian Mining Company.

Advised Vestas on the supply of wind turbines to the Tsetsii Wind Farm project.

Notable practitioners

Sebastian Rosholt heads the team as an experienced corporate lawyer who regularly advises on cross-border transactions. One client mentions that he is "pragmatic, solution-focused and quick to respond." Advised Ferrostaal and Sainshand Salkhit Windpark as the sponsor and developer respectively on the renegotiation of a PPA relating to a wind farm project.

Dunnaran Baasankhuu is increasingly recognised for her work in M&A projects and general corporate matters. A client states: "She is an experienced local counsel who has built up a reputation as a very safe pair of hands on domestic law issues." She advised Noble Group on the restructure of debt and securities issued by Terra Energy.

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Economic & Legal Consultancy LLC - General Business Law Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Particularly well regarded for its work on the domestic market representing Mongolian clients. Known for its experience in the domestic mining sector. Advises clients on a broad range of corporate and financial issues. Also acts for international law firms as local counsel.

Notable practitioners

Budragchaa Bayar is managing partner of the firm and maintains a strong reputation in the market for advising on major financings. He also handles corporate transactions and tax advisory work.

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MDS & KhanLex LLP - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A large domestic law acting on a broad range of local law matters for international clients. Full-service offering covering banking and finance, capital markets, M&A, infrastructure and IP work among other areas. Also acts as local counsel to significant international law firms without a presence in Mongolia. The team is also well considered for its disputes expertise.

Strengths Interviewees praise the team's diligence and expertise in domestic law, noting: "We trust them and their judgement and understanding of the local situation."

Commentary highlights comprehensive preparation, with one client saying: "They are very professional and throughout the proceedings have provided detailed information on how they will present their case to the court."

Work highlights Assisted Mongolian Mortgage Corporation with the USD140 million issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities.

Supported the Ministry of Justice & Home Affairs in the development of new arbitration law.

Notable practitioners

With nearly 20 years of experience, Batsukh Enkhbat is a highly esteemed lawyer with particular experience advising on state-related issues. One interviewee remarks: "I've been very impressed with his insights in terms of client management and the practical mind he brings to problem solving." He represented Clean Energy Asia in the financing and development of a wind farm power generator project.

Maizorig Janchivdorj is well regarded in the market, with one commentator remarking: "He's very politically astute, and understands the opportunities and challenges of the project. He is extremely good at navigating issues." He is particularly experienced in handling project financing, M&A transactions and PPP agreements. His recent work includes advising And Systems regarding its negotiations with potential partners for expanding its coverage into multiple countries.

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Anand Advocates LLP - General Business Law Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Sizeable team with financing expertise and experience in advising government-backed entities and foreign banks on investment matters. Also experienced in restructuring deals and real estate projects.

Strengths Client commentary highlights the team's business awareness, with one source saying: "They have a very strong client focus, they listen to our needs and deliver accordingly. They're also very practical lawyers and they're able to give advice that takes the commercial aspect of the transactions into consideration."

Feedback emphasises speedy turnaround, and a client notes: "The lawyers are responsive to queries and get work done in short timeframes without compromising quality. They have a highly professional mindset with extensive experience in the Mongolian legal environment."

Work highlights Assisted Ropes & Gray LLP with advising the bondholders of the Mongolian Mining Corporation on its USD395 million restructuring.

Advised Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar on the completion and registration of the Shangri-La Centre project, comprising a shopping centre, office and residential apartments.

Notable practitioners

Enkhtsetseg Nergui "has extensive knowledge and experience in the real estate market," one client comments, adding: "She's able to consider the issues and think from our point of view. I like her enthusiasm, depth of knowledge and practical approach." She advised on a range of corporate issues and often represents international banks in financial matters. She advised Impera Capital Opportunities on establishing companies and property acquisition.

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Arlex Consulting Services - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Long-established local firm with a good reputation for handling banking and finance work. Also advises clients on local commercial and corporate issues. The compact team has experience acting for domestic and overseas corporate clients.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Uranbaatar Sereeter has over 24 years of experience in the Mongolian legal market and applies his expansive knowledge to a variety of legal sectors. He represents domestic and international clients.

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Band 1

Zoljargal Dashnyam

GTs Advocates LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Zoljargal Dashnyam is lauded by a peer as "one of the top, if not the top, banking lawyer in Mongolia, and in finance more generally." She has an impressive range of expertise spanning asset finance, structured finance and equity capital markets.

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Band 1

MahoneyLiotta

From the Chambers Global guide

James Liotta is a prominent figure for work in the energy, infrastructure and financial sectors. He regularly represents corporations on a range of cross-border transactions, including advising on market entry strategies for both multinational and start-up businesses.

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Band 1

MahoneyLiotta

From the Chambers Global guide

Daniel Mahoney advises on a wide range of commercial transactions for leading international corporates and financial entities. He is highly praised by peers and recognised for his experience in many sectors key to the Mongolian economy.

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Band 2

Economic & Legal Consultancy LLC

From the Chambers Global guide

Budragchaa Bayar is managing partner of the firm and maintains a strong reputation in the market for advising on major financings. He also handles corporate transactions and tax advisory work.

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Band 2

MDS & KhanLex LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

With nearly 20 years of experience, Batsukh Enkhbat is a highly esteemed lawyer with particular experience advising on state-related issues. One interviewee remarks: "I've been very impressed with his insights in terms of client management and the practical mind he brings to problem solving." He represented Clean Energy Asia in the financing and development of a wind farm power generator project.

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Band 2

Christopher Melville

Melville Erdenedalai (M&E) LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Christopher Melville is a founding partner of Melville Erdenedalai (M&E) and has considerable experience advising on cross-border projects and corporate transactions in the Mongolian market. One client remarks that "he provides a wide range of knowledge of the local and political issues relevant to our investment."

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Band 3

Maizorig Janchivdorj

MDS & KhanLex LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Maizorig Janchivdorj is well regarded in the market, with one commentator remarking: "He's very politically astute, and understands the opportunities and challenges of the project. He is extremely good at navigating issues." He is particularly experienced in handling project financing, M&A transactions and PPP agreements. His recent work includes advising And Systems regarding its negotiations with potential partners for expanding its coverage into multiple countries.

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Band 3

Enkhtsetseg Nergui

Anand Advocates LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Enkhtsetseg Nergui "has extensive knowledge and experience in the real estate market," one client comments, adding: "She's able to consider the issues and think from our point of view. I like her enthusiasm, depth of knowledge and practical approach." She advised on a range of corporate issues and often represents international banks in financial matters. She advised Impera Capital Opportunities on establishing companies and property acquisition.

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Band 3

Sebastian Rosholt

MinterEllison

From the Chambers Global guide

Sebastian Rosholt heads the team as an experienced corporate lawyer who regularly advises on cross-border transactions. One client mentions that he is "pragmatic, solution-focused and quick to respond." Advised Ferrostaal and Sainshand Salkhit Windpark as the sponsor and developer respectively on the renegotiation of a PPA relating to a wind farm project.

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Band 3

Uranbaatar Sereeter

Arlex Consulting Services

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Uranbaatar Sereeter has over 24 years of experience in the Mongolian legal market and applies his expansive knowledge to a variety of legal sectors. He represents domestic and international clients.

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Band 3

Tsogt & Nandin LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Natsagdorj Tsogt of Tsogt & Nandin LLP of Tsogt & Nandin LLP is a highly esteemed litigator, described by peers as "a very good and active lawyer." He represents domestic and international corporates on a broad range of commercial disputes.

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Up and Coming

Dunnaran Baasankhuu

MinterEllison

From the Chambers Global guide

Dunnaran Baasankhuu is increasingly recognised for her work in M&A projects and general corporate matters. A client states: "She is an experienced local counsel who has built up a reputation as a very safe pair of hands on domestic law issues." She advised Noble Group on the restructure of debt and securities issued by Terra Energy.

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Associates to watch

Hogan Lovells (Mongolia) LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Counsel Anthony Woolley advises international and domestic clients on complex cross-border financing relating to a number of industries. One client states: "I really appreciate his on-the-ground knowledge and responsiveness to our requirements. He's a lot more commercial than many lawyers we've worked with."

^ See whole ranking table