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Vaughn Harrison


Vaughn Harrison
English, Afrikaans
Practice Group

Vaughn Harrison focuses on corporate law. His strength lies in managing large and complex transactions for multinationals in multiple jurisdictions, involving a variety of issues (such as due diligence, tax and restructuring, HR, IP, regulatory matters, and merger approvals).

Over the years he has assisted numerous multinational groups and other clients in setting up and operating businesses in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

In addition, Vaughn has over 25 years’ experience in the life science sector. This includes advising clients on market entry, including licensing, and obtaining market authorisations; classification and registration of medicines, complementary medicines and medical devices; assisting with labelling and advertising of pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs and personal use products; drafting and vetting complex commercial agreements as well as assisting multinational clients with the preparation and vetting of tenders, pitches and contracts in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. 

He also has experience in representing clients in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, foodstuffs and related industries in litigation, arbitration and the resolution of disputes.

Vaughn was on the panel of the Special Board for the Hearing of Income Tax Appeals, a Minister of Finance appointment, for five years. As a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) he has presented various papers at IBA meetings. 

He assisted the American Bar Association with documentation for a publication on acquisitions in South Africa. Vaughn has spoken at a number of conferences and has published articles on a variety of matters, including issues relating to corporate law. 

Representative experience

Assisting C. Steinweg-Handelsveem B.V. with the acquisition of the Bridge Shipping Group in South Africa and subsidiary companies in four African countries.

Assisting the Ogilvy Multinational Media Group with a material restructuring of their business in Africa, and listing in Nairobi.

Advising the MA SpA Group of Italy with the putting in place of a €20m loan by the International Finance Corporation of Washington.

Advising Samsung regarding the acquisition of strategic minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Assisting the AEG Group in setting up a solar energy business in South Africa.

Advising the Lilly Group for over 25 years in all aspects of their business (regulatory, corporate/commercial and litigation) both locally and internationally.

Assisting Inteva Products LLC of the USA in setting up business in South Africa for the supply of automotive components to the Daimler Group.

Assisting the Bunge Multinational Agribusiness Group in setting up a joint venture with Senwes Limited, for trading in grain in 18 African countries.

Education and admissions


  • HDip Tax Law, University of the Witwatersrand, 1980
  • BA LLB, University of Stellenbosch, 1975


  • International Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • South Africa
  • Solicitor, admitted in England & Wales

Court admissions

  • South Africa (High Court)


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