Yancy Cottrill returned to his native United States recently after working in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, for Anderson & Anderson, an American firm that focuses on international business—Cottrill’s specialization at CEU. In Mongolia, Cottrill helped establish the country’s first credit-rating bureau by drafting the joint-venture agreement, company charter, and accompanying documents. While in Asia, he also chaired two law-focused panels at the 2012 Independent Power Producer’s Forum Executive Retreat in Bangkok and participated as a panel member in a public arbitration discussion at the 2012 Mongolian Legal Forum, which was hosted by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He also represented his firm at several mining conferences in Mongolia and China and published articles on Mongolian law and mining capital markets.
“I enjoyed the daily challenges that I experienced in Mongolia,” Cottrill says. “The legislation changed so quickly that it was important to be up to date on all the latest political wrangling and aware of the happenings on the international business scene as well.”
Since returning to the U.S., Cottrill has litigated for Anderson & Anderson in the New York Supreme Court and conducted a course on Mongolian law for the International Section of the Idaho Bar.
“CEU demanded the ability to learn subjects quickly and to retain the knowledge for use—valuable skills in my daily work at Anderson & Anderson,” Cottrill says. “Complex legal problems require careful understanding of the law and the client requires answers in a timely fashion. My experience at CEU enabled me to accomplish both those tasks efficiently and competently.”