Robert Milbourne is the Managing Director of Mining Standards International, a mining advisory firm, and a corporate transactional resources lawyer with experience in all major commodities and most major jurisdictions around the world. Mr Milbourne has advised on mining and infrastructure transactions in Argentina and throughout South America, Africa and Asia.
Prior to founding Mining Standards International, Mr Milbourne was an equity partner of two international law firms (K&L Gates and Norton Rose Fulbright), where his practice focused primarily in mining sector transactions across the resources project life cycle from early stage exploration to project development, procurement, commodity and off-take agreements and operational matters, financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate and commercial advice.
Mr Milbourne is a Fellow of the Sustainable Minerals Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Queensland. He regularly teaches Mining Law at the university and postgraduate level and lectures nationally and internationally on mining law and transactional matters.
Earlier in his career Mr Milbourne spent seven (7) years with the global mining firm Vale in its South American headquarters as Chief Counsel of International Projects, and then in Australia as Australian General Counsel and Company Secretary where he was responsible for legal function of global mining company Vale SA´s Australian subsidiary, Vale Australia Pty Ltd, including integration of approximately $1 billion USD business into Vale´s global operations, regional exploration through Australia and Asia Pacific.