# How is “quant à lui” being used in this sentence?

I came upon this sentence:

Le nom avenir quant à lui renvoie à quelque chose de plus concret, de plus proche.

Quant à lui seems oddly placed here. I translate this in my head as "As for the noun avenir, it refers to something more concrete, more imminent." But if I were translating this back to French, I would write "Quant au nom avenir, il renvoie..."

Their phrasing seems to echo complex inversion. Why is quant à lui used here rather than my phrasing?