John Ridgway

Head of Legal Services

j.ridgway@pln.com.au

Mobile: +61 410 520 416

Special Skill: Double round the world with a yoyo.

John is the Head of Legal Services of PLN Australia. He specialises in cross-border and international business transactions. He’s particularly adept at managing and growing relationships in the Pacific, across the USA, and throughout Europe and Asia. When clients need real insight into doing business internationally, they call John.

John’s expertise is in banking and finance, M&A, foreign direct investment activities, Government dealings, insurance, and commercial litigation. His clients range from high net worth individuals to multinational corporations whom he advises on: inbound investment to Australia; outbound Australian investment; and other overseas domiciled businesses investing in the Asia Pacific region.

In November 2000, John created the Pacific Legal Network (PLN) after living and working previously in the Pacific for a large part of the 1990s. From this origin John was able to grow the firm across Australia and into Asia, and today in-house counsel retain John to lead cross-border transactions. He’s also regularly invited to speak at international conferences.

Currently John is an Executive Committee member of Integrated Advisory Group ("IAG" - a world wide law and tax adviser network). John is responsible for the membership drive and various business enhancement initiatives for IAG across Asia Pacific. John has been admitted in numerous jurisdictions from time to time in places such as Fiji and Solomon Islands. He speaks English, "rusty" Melanesian Pidgin, and some even more rusty French. John also heads up the adjunct advisory business 'PLN Advisory'. This entity is licensed as an Investment Adviser by the Reserve Bank of Fiji and John is himself licensed as a Representative for PLN Advisory. 

John’s unique geographical expertise and international focus has seen him buy and sell or merge and restructure or finance virtually every type and size of business. Some highlights include: an acquisition of a full service retail bank in six jurisdictions, the de-merger of downstream asset holding subsidiaries of a UK Plc, the takeover of a listed brewery via an on market special crossing, the merger of two international airlines, the acquisition of downstream petroleum businesses in four jurisdictions and the financing of several key infrastructure projects in the region including three submarine fibre optic cable projects.