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Arthur Cox
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Rob Murphy is co-chair of Arthur Cox’s Aviation Group. Rob is a market leader with considerable international aviation experience.


He previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at CDB Aviation. Rob started his career at GPA Group and previously was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the leading international law firm, where he led the global aviation and asset finance team and the global aviation sector group focused on aviation clients. Rob also acted as lead external counsel to the Aviation Working Group and is the editor of leading industry textbook Aircraft Financing, 4th Edition.


Law Society of Ireland


Bachelor in Law, 1982, Trinity College Dublin
Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 1993
Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales, 1993

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Asset finance

Arthur Cox has extensive international aviation finance expertise within its senior ranks and strong tax experience within the team. Rob Murphy has exceptional international experience, a former global head of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP‘s asset finance team and previously general counsel at CDB Aviation, the Chinese aircraft lessor. Caroline Devlin brings leading tax expertise to the aviation finance field with a strong focus on Asian clients and US private equity houses. Laura Cunningham is another with impressive international experience and an emphasis on aircraft finance, leasing and related tax-driven structures. Ruth Lillis‘ recent work has seen her advise on restructurings arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ireland > Transport

Arthur Cox‘s broad transport practice covers matters across the road, rail and aviation sectors, including advising clients on issues at the cutting edge of this area of law. The team is highly active in the asset finance space, with Caroline Devlin, Rob Murphy and Laura Cunningham advising on the financing of aircraft as well as the establishment of leasing platforms and funds. Ruth Lillis was promoted to partner in January 2021 and also focuses on the aviation sector. Beyond financings, the practice acts for transport services companies, airlines and vehicle manufacturers on a range of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters, and also handles the development of transport infrastructure. Aaron Boyle and Niamh McGovern are the key partners in these areas.