Linklaters has appointed former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner David Kidd to lead its restructuring and insolvency (R&I) practice in Asia, as the firm looks to strengthen its finance and litigation teams in the region.

The magic circle firm, which is best known in Asia for its corporate, capital markets and projects work, has hired Kidd to join its Hong Kong base just weeks after recruiting Herbert Smith Freehills’ former Asia disputes head, Gavin Lewis.