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Bird & Bird to merge with Truman Hoyle, open Australian office
Bird & Bird has signed a merger agreement with Sydney-based law firm Truman Hoyle, with the move helping the U.K. firm to open its first Australian office. Full Article
Australia seeks to raise up to $4.8 bln in Medibank IPO
Australian health insurer Medibank Private said on Monday it is planning an IPO to raise between A$4.3 billion and A$5.5 billion ($3.7 billion to $4.8 billion), potentially making it the largest listing of a state-owned company in nearly two decades. Full Article
Virgin Australia buys out Tiger Australia JV for just A$1
Loss-making budget airline Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd will buy full control of its ailing 60 percent-owned Tiger Australia Airways business for just A$1, signaling plans to cut a bloated fleet that has hobbled turnaround efforts. Full Article
National Australia Bank acquires 75 pct stake in Orchard Street
National Australia Bank's wealth management division has acquired a stake of nearly 75 percent in London-based fund Orchard Street Investment Management in a deal worth 4 billion pounds ($6.42 billion), the Australian Financial Review reported on Tuesday. Full Article
Braking hard: Australia M&A deals slump most in a generation
Australian inbound M&A deals declined the most in a quarter of a century as plummeting commodity prices and a faltering local stock market challenged the appetite of overseas investors for the country's assets. Full Article
Singapore, Australia in deal to boost derivatives transparency
Singapore and Australia have agreed to give each other access to trade repositories, or databases of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives trading, pushing for transparency in Asia's top two hubs for such transactions. 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
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

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