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Australia’s MinterEllison has hired two new partners in China.

Mergers and acquisitions lawyers Chen Bi and Chris Carr have joined the firm’s Beijing and Shanghai offices, respectively.

Chen was most recently counsel at the Chinese firm Fangda Partners, specializing in outbound Chinese investments—especially in the energy and natural resources sectors. She recently advised Hong Kong-listed Anhui Conch Cement on two joint ventures in Russia.

Chen will initially work out of MinterEllison’s Sydney and Hong Kong offices, and eventually will move to Beijing. Prior to joining Fangda, she practiced with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Carr joins the firm in Shanghai from King & Wood Mallesons, where he was a Sydney-based associate. In 2015, he acted for Australian producer Bindaree Beef on a $140 million investment by Chinese producer Shandong Delisi Food Co.

Before joining King & Wood Mallesons in 2015, Carr also practiced with Freshfields in Beijing and worked alongside Chen.

Both Chen and Carr are qualified to practice in Australia.

Adam Handley, MinterEllison’s Perth-based China practice head, said the hire of Chen and Carr is consistent with the firm’s strategy to have more Australian-qualified, Chinese-speaking lawyers on the ground in mainland China.

MinterEllison’s Greater China practice now has 13 partners. It opened in Hong Kong in 2000, in Shanghai in 2001 and in Beijing in 2010. The expansion of the firm’s China offices comes at a time of retreat by peers. In 2014, Allens and Clayton Utz both closed shop in Hong Kong and mainland China.

Australia’s MinterEllison has hired two new partners in China.

Mergers and acquisitions lawyers Chen Bi and Chris Carr have joined the firm’s Beijing and Shanghai offices, respectively.

Chen was most recently counsel at the Chinese firm Fangda Partners , specializing in outbound Chinese investments—especially in the energy and natural resources sectors. She recently advised Hong Kong-listed Anhui Conch Cement on two joint ventures in Russia.

Chen will initially work out of MinterEllison’s Sydney and Hong Kong offices, and eventually will move to Beijing. Prior to joining Fangda, she practiced with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer .

Carr joins the firm in Shanghai from King & Wood Mallesons , where he was a Sydney-based associate. In 2015, he acted for Australian producer Bindaree Beef on a $140 million investment by Chinese producer Shandong Delisi Food Co.

Before joining King & Wood Mallesons in 2015, Carr also practiced with Freshfields in Beijing and worked alongside Chen.

Both Chen and Carr are qualified to practice in Australia.

Adam Handley, MinterEllison’s Perth-based China practice head, said the hire of Chen and Carr is consistent with the firm’s strategy to have more Australian-qualified, Chinese-speaking lawyers on the ground in mainland China.

MinterEllison’s Greater China practice now has 13 partners. It opened in Hong Kong in 2000, in Shanghai in 2001 and in Beijing in 2010. The expansion of the firm’s China offices comes at a time of retreat by peers. In 2014, Allens and Clayton Utz both closed shop in Hong Kong and mainland China.