Movers and Shakers: Kidu appointed as regional special counsel

Andrew Kidu. Picture: SUPPLIED

PACIFIC Legal Network (PLN) and PLN Australia have announced the appointment of Andrew Kidu as its regional special counsel based in Brisbane.
This is Andrew’s second stint with PLN, having previously been a senior associate with PLN in Sydney before moving to an in-house role as regional head of legal and regulatory for the largest ICT company (telecommunications and television) in the Pacific.

According to a statement from PLN Australia, Mr Kidu’s role with PLN Australia will include facilitating investment into the Pacific by entities from around the world and between countries in the Pacific.

This includes assisting established multinationals or new entities in domestic and cross-border commercial and financial transactions in the Pacific.
Such transactions involve detailed planning, legal and strategic advice on the legal and regulatory requirements for acquiring, establishing, operating and/or financing businesses in the Pacific.

It also includes liaising and coordinating with local counsel, Government officials, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders.”It is great to have Andrew back with the team at PLN.  Andrew will head up the telecommunications practice group and help take the lead in cross-border Pacific mergers and acquisitions activity,” John Ridgway, PLN’s head of legal services said.

“We know that our existing clients will love working with Andrew and we also know that Andrew brings to the team an enormous amount of positive energy and Pacific-wide knowledge that all existing and aspiring clients are going to appreciate.”

The statement added that Mr Kidu’s eight years as in-house counsel gives him a unique commercial insight into the management and operation of businesses and has given him extensive experience as a trusted adviser to senior management, boards and shareholders on key legal, regulatory, compliance, corporate governance and business development issues.

“Having grown up in PNG and worked across the Pacific, Andrew has a unique understanding of the Pacific, its people and customs, and doing business in the Pacific. He will in particular be a valuable resource for inbound clients seeking informed and relevant advice about doing business and the regulatory environment in PNG,” the statement added.

Mr Kidu will be based in Brisbane so that Australian clients continue to have direct access to PLN services in Sydney and Brisbane as well as all major cities in the Pacific.

PLN Australia is an Australian law firm.

Via its Pacific Legal Network, PLN Australia has offices and affiliates in Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tonga, Timor Leste, Cook Islands, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Hawaii, the Marshall Islands and Northern Mariana Islands.

With offices and affiliates throughout the Pacific region, PLN provides co-ordinated legal and business advisory services, offering multi-jurisdictional access to lawyers and business advisers across Australia and the Pacific.