King & Spalding City partner quits for Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith has strengthened its London construction and engineering practice with the hire of partner James Bremen from King & Spalding.

Bremen will join the firm’s City office along with two associates on 1 August. He will focus on international work and particularly the Middle East, where he is regarded as one of the region’s leading international construction lawyers.

He regularly acts for developers, contractors, consultants and lenders and typically advises on large or complex international construction projects.

His previous work has included advising project sponsors on the $11.3bn Qatargas II LNG project in Qatar, and advising Saudi Aramco on a $3.5bn integrated refining and chemicals complex in China.

Nicholas Downing, joint global head of Herbert Smith’s international construction and engineering practice, commented: “James will be a very important addition to the team, his focus complementing the existing strengths of our construction practice.

“He’s a proven practice builder who brings with him a reputation for winning high-quality mandates, and his pre-eminent standing in the Middle East, a growth area for our construction practice, will be invaluable.”

The loss of Bremen for King & Spalding follows the defection of corporate partner Jonathan Martin from its London office to Fasken Martineau earlier this month (23 June 2011).

Bremen has been a partner at King & Spalding since 2009, when he joined from City boutique firm Maxwell Winward after more than five years as an associate at White & Case.