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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired a new partner in Beijing to co-lead its China competition law practice.

Hazel Yin joins from King & Wood Mallesons, where she was a Beijing-based partner advising clients on merger control filings as well as national security review before China’s Ministry of Commerce. Yin was a King & Wood lifer, having joined the firm in 2004. She has focused on antitrust issues since 2010 and became a partner with the Chinese firm in 2013.

At Freshfields, Yin will co-head the practice with Beijing-based counsel Ninette Dodoo, who has co-led the practice since joining the firm in 2013. Dodoo joined from Clifford Chance where she was Greater China antitrust head. She has been co-leading Freshfields’ China competition law practice with London partner Nicholas French since 2014 when the Magic Circle firm lost practice head Michael Han to domestic firm Fangda Partners.

In addition to Dodoo, Yin will work alongside Hong Kong partner Alastair Mordaunt and Tokyo partner Kaori Yamada, who co-lead the firm’s Asia competition law practice.