Goldman Sachs May File Case on Olon Ovoot

By , 12 March, 2010, No Comment

Goldman Sachs is believed to have filed a case against Mongolia in an international arbitration court in matters relating to Mongol Gazar and the Olon Ovoot mines.  This news comes in the wake of unconfirmed but strong reports that the Mongolian Government has lost the case against the Russian-owned Altan Dornod.

Mr. B.Lhagvasuren, director of the Inspection Department at the Central Bank, has denied any information about Goldman Sachs filing any case
Mr. Ts. Myanganbayar, a business magnate, mortgaged the Olon Ovoot gold mine license to several banks and to Goldman Sachs to borrow a total of MNT 210 billion. Of this, Zoos Bank, now known as State Bank, gave him MNT 60 billion, Anod MNT 30 billion, and Goldman Sachs MNT 15 billion.

Goldman Sachs is a global investment banking and securities firm but is not registered in Mongolia, nor does it have any accredited representative here. Accordingly, it may not have the legal right to enter into any commercial transaction in the country.  A man with only a visiting card is said to have been representing the company to meet Mongolian officials.  Nobody knows anything more about him, or what position, if any, he holds at the company.

It is believed that the Olon-Ovoot license was mortgaged to a company calling itself Goldman Sachs International.  The Mineral Department agreed to the mortgage but this is now being contested as mining licenses can be mortgaged only to banks or non-banking financial organizations and they have to be legal entities in Mongolia.

Source: Ardin Erkh newspaper; translated and delivered via the BCM Newswire by Mongolia Business Council

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