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Canada's Brookfield buying Australia freight firm Asciano for $6.6 billion
Canada's Brookfield Asset Management is buying Australian port and rail freight firm Asciano for $6.6 billion to form a global logistics player, scooping up an asset that has been made cheaper by a slump in coal prices. Full Article
Germany's BMW among suitors for $6.4 billion ANZ car finance unit
Germany's BMW AG, Australia's Macquarie Group and a host of U.S. private equity firms are expected to bid for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group's more than $6 billion car and equipment loan book, a source said. Full Article
X2 in 'serious' talks for Rio Tinto's coal assets in Australia
Former Xstrata boss Mick Davis' X2 Resources is in "serious" talks to purchase some of Rio Tinto Plc's Australian coal assets, the Financial Times reported citing people familiar with the matter. Full Article
Slater & Gordon confirms UK accounting errors, regulator probe
Australian law firm Slater & Gordon said it was being investigated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) over errors in its reporting of UK cashflows, sending its shares down 26.4 percent. Full Article
Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway takes $388 million stake in Australia's IAG
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc has bought a 3.7 percent stake in Insurance Australia Group for A$500 million ($388 million) as part of a partnership that IAG said would reduce its capital requirements and support its return on equity targets. Full Article
China's Dalian Wanda buys Australian cinema chain Hoyts
Wanda Cinema Line Corp, a unit of China's leading property developer Dalian Wanda Group, said it would buy Australian cinema chain Hoyts Group, a purchase that underscores its parent's ambitions to become a global entertainment company. Full Article

Features

How to Become an English Solicitor in Just a Few Months
Each year, hundreds of lawyers from Asia Pacific countries such as Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia, decide to qualify as English solicitors, and become dual-qualified lawyers. What motivates them to do this? Full Article
Q&A with Justin Walkey, Chairman of Bird & Bird Asia Pacific
Justin Walkey, Chairman of Bird & Bird Asia Pacific, speaks to Kanishk Verghese about the firm’s key objectives in Asia, its growth strategy, and the challenges it faces in an increasingly competitive environment. Full Article
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

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