Squire Patton Boggs has added its first new partner since its merger–in Beijing.

Li Hua was most recently a partner in Beijing with French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel. She advises on World Trade Organization-related trade disputes and Chinese anti-monopoly regulation compliance.

Before joining Gide in 1999, Li worked for a decade as a Chinese government official, first at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation and then the former State Commission for Economy and Trade. Both ministries were combined to create China’s Ministry of Commerce in 2003.

While Li has arrived, more partners have left the firm since the merger became official Sunday. The departures include lawyers joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Holland & Knight and Edwards Wildman in Washington, D.C.; Denver and New Jersey.

Cleveland-founded Squire Sanders and Washington D.C.-based Patton Boggs announced they were merging on May 23 and then officially combined on June 1. The combined firm has around 1,500 lawyers in 44 offices. In Asia, the firm has offices in Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul in addition to Beijing.

Email: azhang@alm.com.