Prior to founding his own firm, Chris Melville was the Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells (Mongolia) LLP. Based in Mongolia since 2012, he has developed a broad-based practice in the country, including advising foreign investors, Mongolian clients and the Mongolian government on corporate and M&A, joint venture, banking and finance, and infrastructure projects. He has extensive experience of emerging market jurisdictions, having advised clients on cross-border investments relating to the Russian Federation for over 10 years prior to relocating to Mongolia, including a two-year period spent in Moscow with Hogan Lovells CIS.
Recognised as the leading lawyer by several legal directories, Chris is a regular contributor to the De Facto Gazette, an English language biweekly publication on Mongolian economy. He is Honorary Legal Advisor to the British Ambassador to Mongolia.
AREAS OF FOCUS
Energy and Natural Resources
Mergers and Acquisitions
Finance and Banking
University of Cambridge
College of Law, Guildford
England and Wales
Advising the Government of Mongolia on three separate issuances of sovereign bonds totalling US$1.9 billion.
Advising and assisting a Japanese corporation on negotiation of an investment agreement with the Government of Mongolia with project value of over US$ 1 billion.
Advising the Government of Mongolia on all aspects of the proposed 315 MW reservoir-based hydroelectric power plant project on the Eg river.
Advising a Mongolian Financial and Industrial Group as local sponsor in relation to a US$1.2 billion greenfield combined heat and power project in Ulaanbaatar.
Advising various international and commercial banks on potential GMRA and ISDA repurchase transactions.
Advising a Multilateral Development Bank on a US$120 million loan to one of the largest banks in Mongolia.
Advising a Multilateral Development Bank on the restructuring of a secured loan and issuing a new loan to a major Mongolian financial and industrial group totaling US$130 million.
Advising a Multilateral Development Bank on the provision of a US$57 million secured loan to a major Mongolian food and beverage manufacturer.
Advising a European commercial bank in relation to a US$40 million loan to a major Mongolian mining corporation.
Advising a major international mining OEM on the disposal of its Mongolian assets to one of its international dealers.
Advising international and regional solar power developers on 10-50MW solar power generation projects in Mongolia.
Advising ONEXIM Group on the acquisition of a 100% interest in Renaissance Capital, a leading emerging markets investment bank, and Renaissance Credit, a consumer finance bank.
Advising ONEXIM Group, as a substantial creditor, on the US$16.8 billion restructuring of UC Rusal's indebtedness, and as a major shareholder, in relation to the US$2.2 billion IPO of UC Rusal on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Advising ONEXIM Group on the acquisition of a controlling stake in the Brooklyn Nets basketball franchise, and a minority stake in the Barclays Center.