NEW YORK – Bracewell LLP announced today that Andrej Kormuth has joined the firm as a partner in the Dubai office. Kormuth comes to Bracewell from Clifford Chance, where he advised on a range of infrastructure projects for regional and international clients.
“Andrej is an outstanding projects lawyer. His extensive knowledge of projects opportunities in the MENA region complements the work of our Dubai and London teams,” said Bracewell’s Managing Partner Gregory M. Bopp.
Kormuth is a projects-focused lawyer who has broad experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors. In 2017 and 2018, Legal 500 UK recognized Kormuth as a “next generation” lawyer for both Banking and Finance and Energy and Infrastructure. In addition, IFLR1000 identified Kormuth in 2018 as a “rising star” for project development and project finance in both energy and utilities.
“We are excited to welcome Andrej to Bracewell’s Dubai office,” said Dubai Managing Partner Christopher R. Williams. “His arrival will allow us to grow our Dubai team to greater meet the needs of clients in the region.”
“Our London and Dubai offices work very closely together,” added Jason Fox, managing partner of Bracewell’s London office “Andrej’s arrival is an important augmentation of our projects offering in the region.”
In conjunction with Kormuth’s arrival, Tom Swarbrick will join the Dubai office as senior counsel. Swarbrick is a construction lawyer with a focus on the energy sector. He represents governments, developers, funders and contractors in relation to major projects in the oil and gas and power sectors, primarily in Africa and the Middle East. Swarbrick joined Bracewell’s London office in June 2014. In 2017, Legal 500 UK recognized Swarbrick as a “next generation” lawyer for non-contentious construction work.
Kormuth is the fourth partner to join Bracewell’s global projects team since January 2018. Recent additions include Oliver Irwin, who joined the firm’s London office in April 2018; and Fernando J. Rodriguez Marin and Nicolai J. Sarad, who joined the firm’s New York office in March 2018.
Bracewell’s Dubai and London office are consistently recognized as market leaders. Last year the Dubai office was named Infrastructure and Energy Projects Team of the Year at The Middle East Legal Awards. Bracewell previously won the Infrastructure and Energy Projects Team of the Year Award in 2017 and was shortlisted in this category in 2016. Bracewell is the only firm to win this award more than once since the award’s inception in 2012.
Bracewell’s London office was named Legal Services Provider of the Year at the 2018 Petroleum Economist Awards. In its inaugural list of Best Law Firms, The Times commended Bracewell as one of the leading firms in the UK for energy and renewables work. Chambers UK awarded the firm seven rankings in its 2019 edition, and the London team earned 13 rankings in the 2019 edition of IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide. In addition, Bracewell secured 18 recommendations in the 2018‒2019 edition of Legal 500 UK.
“I’m delighted to join a firm with a strong international platform in the projects space,” said Kormuth. “I look forward to working closely with the energy lawyers in Dubai, London and across the firm in building an even stronger projects practice in the MENA region.”
Kormuth earned an LLB, summa cum laude, at Howard College, University of KwaZulul‐Natal, and an LLM at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, where he was a Cecil Renaud Scholar.