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David Kavanagh QC
Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP


David Kavanagh QC is global co-head of Skadden’s International Litigation and Arbitration Group. Based in the London office, he focuses on international arbitration and cross-border litigation.

Mr. Kavanagh has acted on some of the world’s largest and most complex arbitration disputes as ranked by The American Lawyer, which also has named him “Global Lawyer of the Year”  for 2011 for his representation of AAR (Alfa, Access & Renova) in its US$16 billion arbitration dispute with BP. The AAR dispute also earned Skadden the Legal Business Disputes Team of the Year award for 2012. In addition, Mr. Kavanagh was a part of the Skadden team named International Arbitration Team of the Year at the 2017 Legal Business Awards and named among Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year for international arbitration.

He has acted on several major investment treaty disputes for both governments and investors. He also has extensive experience in international finance litigation, and his clients include major investment banks and hedge funds, which he regularly represents in High Court litigation. He regularly acts as counsel in arbitrations, which are seated in Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Stockholm, the Hague, Vienna and London. He has extensive experience of managing multijurisdictional court actions in Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East. He also regularly advises companies on regulatory matters and civil/criminal investigations including advice under the U.K. Bribery Act and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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  • Lessons from the Docomo v Tata Case: Enforcement of Awards & Court Attitudes