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Managing Partner

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.

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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.

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