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CLOSING SOON: ALB Employer of Choice Survey 2014 (双语)
ALB’s annual survey of the best law firms to work for in Asia is closing soon. The 2014 Employer of Choice survey is open to law firm employees from the paralegal level right up to managing partner. 《亚洲法律杂志》2014年度亚洲范围内最受雇员欢迎的律师事务所评选现在开始接受在线问卷调查表。 Full Article
Australand rejects $1.8 bln Stockland takeover proposal
Australia's Australand Property Group said on Wednesday it had rejected as undervalued a A$1.95 billion ($1.83 billion) proposal from bigger rival Stockland Group to increase its stake, thwarting Stockland's move to expand its residential business. Full Article
Australia appoints lead managers for Medibank Private IPO
Australia on Thursday appointed Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Capital as joint lead managers for the initial public offering of state-owned health insurer Medibank Private, tipped by local media to fetch about A$4 billion ($3.75 billion). Full Article
Australia bond market 'to take business from banks'
Australia's bond market is likely to take more lending business away from banks as tighter banking regulations make market-based finance relatively cheaper, a top central banker said on Tuesday. Full Article
Meriton 'may sell half of its business to Chinese firm'
Australian developer Meriton Group is considering a A$3 billion ($2.8 billion) offer from a Chinese developer for half its apartment business, according to a media report, highlighting increasing Chinese interest in Australia's housing market. Full Article
New Zealand govt raises $635 mln in Genesis stake sale
New Zealand raised NZ$733 million ($635 million) from the sale of a minority stake in power firm Genesis Energy Ltd - the last of four partial privatisations to bolster state finances although they did not raise as much as first hoped. Full Article

Features

ALB Technology Panel: Part One
The need to work smarter, not harder is one of truisms of modern legal practice and it has never been more relevant in this era of industry-wide cost consolidation. One group of professionals at the forefront of this transition are... Full Article
Special Report: Perth 2013
FEATURE: The resources boom may have peaked, but there's still plenty of legal work to go round, argue Perth firms. Full Article
Insurance law: the right policy
FEATURE: With a renewed focus on risk and insurance following the recent surge in national disasters, ALB's Ben Abbott takes a closer look at insurance practices around the country. Full Article
ALB In-house Counsel Roundtable: Part One
Earlier this year, several leading senior in-house counsel gathered for the 2013 ALB In-house Counsel Roundtable. They were there to speak frankly about their views on practice in-house and their perception of the market. Full Article

Special Reports

ALB Employer of Choice 2013
By ALB | 17 Sep 13
Thousands of law firm employees across Asia, ranging from managing partners to support staff, were surveyed for two months and asked to rate their employers on the basis of job...
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ALB M&A Rankings 2013
By ALB | 17 Sep 13
We rank the region’s best law firms for M&A work on volume, complexity and size of work, the firm’s visibility and profile in the marketplace, presence in Asia and key...
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Asia Energy Report 2013
By ALB | 17 Sep 13
Vietnam is going through an oil refinery boom right now, with a number of massive projects either planned or already in construction. But how feasible are these projects, and what...
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