Linklaters’ Eastern European spin-off firm ­Kinstellar has expanded its Romania practice by hiring a former Linklaters lawyer.

Jason Mogg

Jason Mogg

Bogdan Bibicu, who was a banking associate in Linklaters’ London office between 2005 and 2006, joins as a partner and head of banking and finance in Bucharest.

Immediately prior to ­taking the post at Kinstellar, Bibicu was a partner at local firm Bulboaca & ­Asociatii.

The move doubles the number of Kinstellar partners working in Romania – Bibicu will work under Bucharest managing partner Daniel Torsher.

The firm has also recruited Costea Jalba Popa & ­Asociatii partner Razvan Popa as counsel in its ­corporate practice. Popa has also worked as an in-house lawyer with Bucharest-based Alpha Finance.

Kinstellar managing partner Jason Mogg said he had been impressed with Bibicu when the two had worked together at Linklaters.

He added: “Romania’s going through a bit of a rough patch but it’s a good market. The work we’ve been doing in the country is M&A, energy, restructuring and insolvency, and finance.”

Kinstellar, which also has offices in Bratislava, Budapest and Prague, was launched by former Linklaters CEE managing ­partner Mogg in November last year. The move ­followed the magic circle firm’s ­decision to scrap its practice in the region.