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Ninette Dodoo


Antitrust, competition and trade, Global investigations

Seasoned practitioner [and] recognised for her extensive experience in competition law. She frequently helps major multinational clients to obtain merger clearances and respond to investigations. "Ninette is a class act," confirms one source, while another "certainly sees her as a clear market leader."

Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

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About Ninette Dodoo

Ninette is co-head of Freshfields’ competition practice in China.

Ninette spent over 10 years in Brussels advising on EU and multijurisdictional matters before relocating to Beijing in 2009.

Ninette’s practice covers antitrust-related work in China, Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region. She specialises in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, distribution arrangements, cartels, abuse of dominance, compliance and audits.

Ninette has acted on some of China’s most complex and significant merger control matters (including remedies negotiations) and antitrust investigations across a range of industry sectors. Clients include multinational companies, state-owned enterprises and sovereign wealth funds active across a range of industry sectors, including shipping, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and life sciences, consumer goods, food and beverages, mining and IT. In Hong Kong, she has advised several clients in the fast-moving consumer goods, retail and telecommunications sectors.

Ninette combines international experience with on-the-ground local knowledge to deliver effective solutions for clients on global transactions and antitrust risk strategies.

Ninette is ranked in Band 1 in leading legal directories. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on antitrust matters, and has authored a number of publications on antitrust issues.



Recent work

  • Advising Maersk Line on its €3.7bn acquisition of rival container shipping line Hamburg Sud, resulting in novel behavioural remedies in China.
  • Advising Volkswagen AG in relation to its $2.6 billion co-investment with Ford Motor Co. in autonomous vehicle technology company Argo AI.
  • Advising Volkswagen (China) Investment Co., Ltd. on its major investments in Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group, China’s largest M&A deal in the electric vehicle sector to date and an important project under China's ‘mixed ownership’ reform of Chinese state-owned enterprises. 
  • Advising Cinven, KKR and Providence on their consortium investment relating to a €3bn voluntary public bid for the entire share capital of MÁSMÓVIL IBERCOM.
  • Advising AB InBev on its £78.4bn acquisition of SABMiller. Ninette also co-led the team advising AB InBev on the sale of SABMiller’s minority interest in CR Snow for $1.6bn, resulting in one of the first 'fix-it-first' remedies in China; and advised InBev on its acquisition of Anheuser-Busch, the first remedy decision under China’s Anti-monopoly law.
  • Advising Suzano Papel e Celulose, a Brazilian pulp and paper company, on its $11bn acquisition of rival Brazilian pulp manufacturer Fibria Celulose, combining the world’s two largest suppliers of a particular type of hardwood pulp.
  • Advising Novartis on its complex interconditional strategic transactions with GSK including the establishment of a consumer healthcare joint venture.
  • Advising Boehringer Ingelheim on its acquisition of Sanofi’s animal health business, part of a wider €22.8bn asset swap between the two companies.
  • Advising Continental on its $1.9bn acquisition of Ohio-based rubber and plastics company Veyance Technologies from the Carlyle Group. 
  • Advising Hapag-Lloyd on its merger with the container liner shipping activities of Chile’s Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores, creating a company with pro-forma annual sales of $12bn in 2014, and on its acquisition of United Arab Shipping Company.
  • Advising on a landmark settlement with China’s National Development and Reform Commission for a major container shipping line – the largest investigation to date in China.



  • University of Exeter, UK (LLB) 
  • Free University of Brussels, licence spéciale (LLM)

Professional qualifications

  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar
  • Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales (non-practising)