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GE to sell Australia, NZ commercial lending portfolio to Bain affiliate
GE said on it had agreed to sell GE Capital's commercial lending and leasing portfolios in Australia and New Zealand to Sankaty Advisors, the global credit affiliate of Bain Capital. Full Article
Dentons, Dacheng ink merger with Gadens and Rodyk & Davidson
Dentons and Chinese firm Dacheng Law Offices are on the cusp of finalising a merger with Australian firm Gadens and Rodyk & Davidson, Singapore’s oldest firm. Full Article
Three firms on Nippon Life’s $1.7 bln purchase of Aussie life insurance unit
Ashurst, Nishimura & Asahi and Herbert Smith Freehills have landed advisory roles on Nippon Life Insurance Company’s acquisition of an 80 percent stake in MLC Limited, a unit of the National Australian Bank (NAB), for A$2.4 billion ($1.7 billion). Full Article
Australia's Link Group prices $680 mln IPO at top of target range
Australian pension services company Link Group priced its initial public offering at the top of its target range, IFR reported, raising A$947 million ($682.79 million) and confirming its place as the country's biggest listing of the year. Full Article
Australia's NAB reveals UK exit plans as profit misses expectations
National Australia Bank said it plans to sell its British operations by early 2016, two months later than expected, revealing for the first time how it intends to exit a business that has frustrated shareholders for years. Full Article
Australian opposition clears path to landmark China trade agreement
Australia's main opposition Labor Party said it was dropping its final objections to the passage of a landmark free trade agreement with China, clearing the last impediment to its ratification before the end of the year. Full Article


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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