Nick Thorne

Partner. Brisbane / Port Moresby.

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Nick Thorne

Nick is an experienced major projects and transactions lawyer with a focus on natural resources and infrastructure, both in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Nick has previously worked in a commercial role initiating and managing transactions for a diversified financial services and investment group which was listed on the ASX. He has also spent time on secondment in the legal group of one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies.

Nick is admitted as a lawyer of the National Court of Papua New Guinea. Nick is also an Australian Legal Practitioner admitted in the Supreme Courts of Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales, and in the High Court of Australia.

Nick is an experienced major projects and transactions lawyer with a focus on natural resources and infrastructure, both in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Nick has previously worked in a commercial role initiating and managing transactions for a diversified financial services and investment group which was listed on the ASX. He has also spent time on secondment in the legal group of one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies.

Nick is admitted as a lawyer of the National Court of Papua New Guinea. Nick is also an Australian Legal Practitioner admitted in the Supreme Courts of Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales, and in the High Court of Australia.

“Responsive, commercial and a pleasure to work with” Corporate client
Nick Thorne

Nick's Expertise

  • BP Australia Acted on the sale of the Bulwer Island Gas Terminal to Origin Energy and the sale of its Australian bitumen business to Puma Energy.
  • Oil Search Advised on the US$2.5 billion arrangement to acquire InterOil.
  • A US Investment Bank Advised in relation to its investment in a gold project in the Eastern Highlands Province in Papua New Guinea.
  • Newcrest Mining and Harmony Gold Advising on the Wafi-Golpu copper and gold project in Papua New Guinea.
  • U&D Mining Advised in relation to its farm–in and joint venture with Sojitz Coal Mining in respect of the Meteor Downs South Project.
  • Peabody Energy Advised in relation to the sale of the Moranbah/Wotonga (Isaac Plains East) coal project to Stanmore Coal.
  • Queensland Government Advised in relation to the development of the Aurukun Bauxite Project near Weipa in Queensland including the competitive bid process to select a developer of the resource.
  • PNG Power Advised on the Naoro Brown 80MW hydropower project.

What others say

  • “It’s great to get this transaction across the line and I just wanted to thank all of you for your contribution over the last year – including all those who worked so tirelessly over the last few days and especially Nick Thorne who has provided fantastic support from the very beginning.” Oil and Gas client
  • “Provided outstanding support on the deal” Oil and Gas client
  • “Responsive, commercial and a pleasure to work with” Corporate client

Nick's Thinking

Nick's Leadership

  • Queensland Law Society Member