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Palo Alto-based Cooley has hired a second partner in its newly launched Beijing office.

Corporate lawyer Henry Yin joins from Kirkland & Ellis, where he was a Hong Kong partner. Yin primarily advises on China-related mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Last year, he represented Asia-based private equity firm SAIF Partners on a $401 million offer to take private Chinese biotech company Sinovac Biotech Ltd. from Nasdaq. He also acted for Hong Kong-based tech startup Tink Labs on a $125 million financing round from Foxconn.

Yin, a native of China, joined Kirkland in 2014 and became a partner two years later. He started his career with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York in 2009 and moved with the firm to Shanghai in 2013.

Cooley, which already had an office in Shanghai, opened a second mainland China office in Beijing in January, hiring funds partner Zeng Xun from Ropes & Gray. Funds counsel Bin Wang and life sciences associate Jingyi Xu also relocated to Beijing from Cooley’s Shanghai office, which was opened in 2011. Shanghai-based partners Pang Lee, Patrick Loofbourrow, James Lu and Christina Zhang also spend time in Beijing.

San Francisco partner Jordan Silber said the Beijing office has represented venture capital funds focusing on disruptive technologies and growth companies in the tech and life sciences sectors. “We’re seeing many of these type of Chinese companies with global operations need thorough M&A support—an example being as they serially acquire companies,” he said.

Yin, who handles M&A, investor-side work and company representations, said many of his funds and company clients followed him to Cooley and he is confident about generating synergy with the office’s existing funds practice.

Beijing and Shanghai are Cooley’s only offices in Asia; the firm has 13 lawyers between the two offices with the arrival of Yin.