Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson launches in Mongolia
Allens Arthur Robinson has launched an office in Mongolia. The firm does not plan to have a permanent legal staff on site, and will instead rotate lawyers in and out of the new office in the capital Ulaanbaatar.
Brisbane-based energy and resources partner Erin Feros says that the launch was driven by client demand in the mining sector: "We have been doing work for clients in Mongolia for a decade now and the demand has just increased greatly over the past year," she says. "The largest projects are just starting to be developed now. There are also a lot of Australian Securities Exchange-listed companies who have increasing mining assets in Mongolia."
A few other foreign firms have a presence in Mongolia via alliances with local firms: Hogan Lovells established an alliance with GTs Advocates in August last year and DLA Piper signed an agreement with C&G Partners in March this year.