James Liotta Partner
The Landmark, 7th Floor Chinggis Avenue - 13 P.O. 28 Box 364 Ulaanbaatar 14253 Mongolia
Mr. Liotta has sixteen years of experience with Mongolia, spending the first two as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer, living and volunteering in ÖvörkhangaiAimag from 2000 until 2002, and five years as the Executive Director of the Ulaanbaatar office of one of the first international law firms with a full time presence in Mongolia before joining the Firm on 1 January 2012.
Mr. Liotta advises on market entry strategies, local partner selection and a diverse range of legal services in the minerals/energy, infrastructure, corporate, and financial sectors. He is ranked Band 1 by Chambers Asia-Pacific (as is the Firm),is named a leading lawyer for commercial practice in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, and as a leading mining practitioner in Who’s Who Legal. His clients include Big Four audit firms, Toronto Stock Exchange-listed minerals and energy companies, and others.
Mr. Liottahas been at the forefront in commercial advocacy regarding the Strategic Entities Foreign Investment Law, Investment Law, Petroleum Law, Minerals Policy, Draft Minerals Law, amendments to the 2006 Minerals Law, Concessions (Public Private Partnership) Law, Draft Labor Law, Securities Market Law and other legislation fundamental to investment and doing business in Mongolia.
Mr. Liotta was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia in December 2015. He served as co-chairperson of the Business Council of Mongolia’s Legislative Working Group from 2012 until 2016, a working group that interacts with various agencies of the government of Mongolia and proposes legislative reform and improvement in a number of different areas of law. He sits on the Tax Working Group of the Business Council of Mongolia and is a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Mongolia along with former U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Alphonse LaPorta.
He has represented clients in arbitration at the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and in the courts of Mongolia up through the Supreme Court of Mongolia.
- Registered foreign lawyer, Ministry of Justice of Mongolia
- New York State Bar
Experience: See experience
- “highly regarded for his very deep knowledge of Mongolian law and his active participation and negotiations with the Mongolian government. (Chambers Global 2015).
- “continues to be highly regarded for his very deep knowledge of Mongolian law.” (Chambers Asia Pacific 2015).
- “he doesn’t just given legal advice but is also able to offer invaluable commercial and political insights that are of significant benefit when doing deals.” (Chambers Asia Pacific 2014).
- “brings a lot of expertise to the team.” (Chambers Asia Pacific 2013).