Anglo-Swiss commodity trader Glencore Xstrata and Japan's Sumitomo Corp. are each acquiring a 25.05 percent stake in Rio Tinto's Clermont coal mine in Queensland.
The 50/50 joint venture will combine some of the companies' construction materials businesses in Australia, Asia, and the Middle East.
Corporate partner Arthur Davis is joining the 53-lawyer firm from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Westpac, one of Australia's largest banks, is buying the last of Lloyds's Australian assets for $1.37 billion.
Gillad Dalal was formerly a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright.
The Japanese beverage giant, which is suing the private equity funds that sold it New Zealand's Flavoured Beverages, had sought to subpoena communications between the funds and legal counsel at Clayton Utz.
Ashurst and Herbert Smith Freehills are holding on to their belief that full financial integration is the best approach to their Australian mergers despite the past year's slowdown in the formerly red-hot market.
Alex Eastwood, who will join the firm's energy and resource group, was most recently the general counsel of Australian gold mining company Gryphon Minerals.
David Ryan and David Lyons are joining from Baker & McKenzie and Norton Rose Fulbright, respectively.
For international firms, China has generally been a tale of two cities: Beijing and Shanghai. But a number of firms are starting to eye second-tier markets like Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Qingdao.