A fluent Mandarin speaker, Vaughn has extensive experience leading global teams to assist Chinese state-owned and privately-owned companies conduct large-scale overseas M&A transactions in various sectors including energy and power, mining, financial services, manufacturing and infrastructure. Recent landmark transactions that Vaughn has advised on include CNOOC Limited in respect of its USD 15.1 billion acquisition of Nexen Inc and CITIC Securities in respect of its USD 1.25 billion acquisition of CLSA. Vaughn worked on five of the top 20 China outbound deals in 2013 acting for CNPC, CIC and CCB respectively.
An experienced international tax professional, one of the leading tax advisers in China listed in the 2014 Expert Guide published by Legal Media, and an Asialaw 2013 Leading Lawyer, Vaughn joined KPMG Hong Kong from Australia in 1996 and became a partner in July 2000. After working in Hong Kong for nearly 15 years Vaughn relocated to Beijing in early 2011 where he continues to work with Chinese outbound investors.
Vaughn is a regular author and contributor to publications and articles on China outbound matters. Recent examples include: