Regional Special Counsel
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Andrew is Regional Special Counsel for PLN based out of Brisbane and (on occasion) Papua New Guinea (PNG). He heads up the telecommunications practice group and helps take the lead in cross-border Pacific mergers and acquisitions.
This is Andrew’s second stint with PLN, having previously been a Senior Associate with PLN in Sydney before moving in-house as Head of Legal & Regulatory for the largest telecommunications company in PNG and the Pacific.
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.
His work at PLN Australia facilitates 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.
Andrew’s 8 years as in-house counsel gives him extensive experience as a trusted adviser to senior management, boards and shareholders on key legal, regulatory, compliance, corporate governance and business development issues. This experience also gives Andrew a unique insight into the management and operation of businesses, which he utilises to provide clients with practical and commercially sound legal advice.
Andrew is from Pari Village in Port Moresby, PNG, and is fluent in Tok Pisin and Motu. He is admitted to practise in New South Wales, Queensland and PNG.