Craig Milner

Partner. Sydney.

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Craig Milner

When billions are on the line, Craig reliably brings peace of mind. As a leading taxation lawyer on high profile transactions and projects, Craig has been praised for consistently delivering exceptional service and incisive solutions that his clients can count on.

Craig’s extensive taxation knowledge, big-project experience and dedication to exceeding expectations make him an invaluable asset to both his clients and project teams.

This ability to perform at a high level time and again has won the trust of his clients, who seek out his expertise on major transactions. This includes leading multinational corporations, institutional investors, private equity and Sovereign Wealth Funds.

When billions are on the line, Craig reliably brings peace of mind. As a leading taxation lawyer on high profile transactions and projects, Craig has been praised for consistently delivering exceptional service and incisive solutions that his clients can count on.

Craig’s extensive taxation knowledge, big-project experience and dedication to exceeding expectations make him an invaluable asset to both his clients and project teams.

This ability to perform at a high level time and again has won the trust of his clients, who seek out his expertise on major transactions. This includes leading multinational corporations, institutional investors, private equity and Sovereign Wealth Funds.

“Has the ability to digest difficult legal issues and respond in a pragmatic and commercial way” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Craig Milner

Craig's Expertise

  • Apollo Global Management / Ventia Advised on the joint venture with CIMIC for a 50% stake in the Leighton Services (now Ventia) Group, including syndicated financing for the acquisition, executive and employee incentives, and ongoing capital management and financing tax issues.
  • Nomura Advised as lead tax counsel to Nomura on tax issues associated with the acquisition structure for the purchase by a Nomura managed special purpose vehicle of a portfolio of commercial loans.
  • BP Australia Acted for BP Australia on various M&A transactions (divestments and acquisitions) and capital management transactions, including cross border transactions and engagement with tax regulators.
  • Confidential Client Acted for an international pension fund service provider in relation to its participation as the second largest equity investor in a consortium which bid for the Transgrid New South Wales electricity transmission assets in the competitive privatisation process. Craig acted as lead tax counsel in respect of its proposed equity stake, which was the second largest in the consortium.
  • Sovereign Wealth Fund Advised on tax issues associated with its acquisition of equity interests in various Australian PE funds holding equity and debt interests in private equity owned businesses, including establishment of investment vehicle, potential immunity from tax and tax issues on repatriation from the PE funds and portfolio investments.

What others say

  • “Best Lawyer - Tax” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2012-2017
  • “He's responsible and keeps clients up-to-date. He is a very good communicator, he's available and across the tax technical issues” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2016
  • “Exceptional advice, often under the pressure of extremely tight timeframes” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015
  • “Highly regarded by clients, with one noting: Craig has provided us with exceptional advice, often under the pressure of extremely tight timeframes.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015
  • “Leading Lawyer - Tax” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2011-2015
  • “Craig has provided us with exceptional advice, often under the pressure of extremely tight timeframes, and has the ability to digest difficult legal issues and respond in a pragmatic and commercial way” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “Sydney Tax Lawyer of the Year” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013

Craig's Thinking

Craig's Leadership

  • Mannix College Council (Monash University affiliate) Committee Member
  • Law Council of Australia Tax Committee Member
  • Taxation Institute of Australia Fellow