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Australian driller Boart Longyear in $352 mln bailout deal
Australian-listed drilling services company Boart Longyear Ltd said on Thursday it had agreed to a restructuring deal worth up to $352 million with U.S. investor Centerbridge Partners to reduce debt and cut the risk of a potential default. Full Article
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

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

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