Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft is set to lose the managing partner of its Beijing office, the first partner departure since it fired 96 lawyers in July.

Mark Roppel, the only partner currently based in Cadwalader’s China outpost, was set to withdraw from the firm Friday to join Allen & Overy‘s Shanghai office. A spokeswoman for Cadwalader says the departure is unrelated to the layoffs. Roppel broke the news of his departure to managing partner Robert Link Jr. the same week Cadwalader announced its recent round of layoffs.