A Squire Sanders Shanghai partner has left to join Chinese law firm Concord & Partners.

Ni Xudong, who will join Concord’s Shanghai office, advises on both inbound and outbound investments in China, with an emphasis on the banking and finance and aviation sectors. His departure comes just as Squire Sanders is set to merge June 1 with Washington, D.C.’s Patton Boggs.

He joined Squire Sanders in 2012 from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton where he was a D.C.-based counsel. Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin in 2006, Ni spent five years with GCW Consulting, a D.C.-based advisory firm focusing on the Chinese aviation industry.

He was a partner at Beijing Xin Ji Yuan Law Offices between 1994 and 2001. Earlier in his career, he worked for seven years at the former Beijing Foreign Economic Law Offices, a predecessor firm to Concord.

Beijing-based Concord has 110 lawyers in its three offices.

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*Correction, 6/3/14: Due to an editing mistake, a previous version of the abstract for this story referred to Xi Nudong rather than Ni Xudong. We regret the error.