Corrs Chambers Westgarth has added Papua New Guinea (PNG) resources sector specialist Vaughan Mills as a partner, to head the firm’s establishment of its presence in Port Moresby, splitting his time between the firm’s Port Moresby and Brisbane offices. Mills joined from Allens, where he developed and led the PNG practice for nearly 20 years. He has been advising on energy and resources projects in Australia and PNG for more than 23 years, including while based in Port Moresby for almost a decade. Mills has acted as PNG counsel advising ExxonMobil as operator of the PNG LNG Project. Recently, he advised Oil Search in its US$2.5 billion bid to acquire InterOil, which holds a 37 percent interest in the PNG LNG Project. In Australia, he advised Shell Australia on its 20-year retail fuel Alliance with Coles Express.

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