DLA enters Mongolia market with alliance deal

DLA Piper is set to enter the Mongolian legal market after securing an alliance with local firm C&G Partners.

The two-partner Mongolian firm will become a DLA Piper ‘focus firm’, with DLA targeting local work in sectors including mining, capital markets, banking, project finance, hospitality and leisure and infrastructure.

DLA Piper Asia-Pacific managing director Alastair Da Costa commented: “The relationship with C&G will enable the firm to have a presence in an emerging economy where our clients are doing increasing volumes of business.

“Mongolia is attracting considerable investment from neighbouring G20 economies, Russia, China, Korea, Japan and Australia and as such it is an important market for us to engage with.”

The relationship with C&G will be managed by Beijing corporate group head Steven Liu, Hong Kong partner Paul Lee and London solicitor Martin Navias.

C&G managing partner Sainzaya Chimid said: “We are delighted with this arrangement and the opportunity it creates for our clients to access the considerable resources and expertise DLA Piper offers across its global platform.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with DLA Piper and capitalising on substantial inbound and outbound work occurring in Mongolia at present.”

Hogan Lovells last year became the first transatlantic firm to enter Mongolia after agreeing a formal alliance with Ulaanbaatar firm GTs Advocates. The alliance came after an existing informal referral relationship between GTs and legacy Lovells.