Vaughan Mills

Partner. Brisbane / Port Moresby.

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Vaughan Mills

Vaughan is head of our PNG practice.  He is a very experienced projects and transactions lawyer with a focus on natural resources and infrastructure, particularly in Papua New Guinea.

He has been described as being 'absolutely commercial with a first class commercial approach' and has been consistently ranked as a tier 1 leading individual in Chambers Global since 2009. Vaughan is sought out for his experience on some of the world’s largest and complex natural resources projects and transactions.

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Vaughan is head of our PNG practice.  He is a very experienced projects and transactions lawyer with a focus on natural resources and infrastructure, particularly in Papua New Guinea.

He has been described as being 'absolutely commercial with a first class commercial approach' and has been consistently ranked as a tier 1 leading individual in Chambers Global since 2009. Vaughan is sought out for his experience on some of the world’s largest and complex natural resources projects and transactions.

Vaughan is a Papua New Guinea Lawyer admitted in the National Court of Papua New Guinea. Vaughan is also an Australian Legal Practitioner admitted in the Supreme Courts of Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia, and in the High Court of Australia.

“Absolutely commercial with a first class commercial approach” Chambers Global, 2017
Vaughan Mills

Vaughan's Expertise

  • Oil Search Advised on the USD2.5b arrangement to acquire InterOil.
  • ExxonMobil Project Counsel advising ExxonMobil as operator of the PNG LNG Project.
  • Total Advised Total as operator of the Papua LNG Project on the financing of that project.
  • Newcrest Mining and Harmony Gold Advising on the Wafi-Golpu copper and gold project.
  • PNG Power Advising on the Naoro Brown 80MW hydropower project.
  • Kina Securities Advised on the acquisition of Maybank PNG and Kina Securities subsequent IPO and ASX and POMSoX listing.
  • Nautilus Minerals Advised on the world first Solwara 1 seafloor mining project.
  • Shell Australia Advised Shell Australia on its 20-year retail fuel Alliance with Coles Express.
  • Shell Australia, United Energy and Woodside Advised Shell Australia, United Energy and Woodside on their divestment of Pulse Energy to AGL for A$890 million.

What others say

  • “Leading Lawyer - Papua New Guinea” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2018
  • “Absolutely commercial with a first class commercial approach” Chambers Global, 2017
  • “Excellent understanding of how legal processes work in Papua New Guinea and the valuable practical advice that flows from it” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2018

Vaughan's Thinking

  • Investing in the Australian Mining Industry 4 April 2018
    Despite recent economic headwinds, Australia continues to meet the growing global demand for vital mineral and energy commodities. With enormous mineral resources, we are home to a vibrant mining industry.
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