David Kavanagh KC > Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
E14 5DS

Work Department

International Litigation and Arbitration




Mr. Kavanagh acts on some the world’s largest and most high-profile bet-the-company cases. These include matters in a vast range of sectors, including telecoms, airlines, satellites, petrochemicals, oil and gas, mining, cryptocurrency and real estate. He also has acted on several major investment treaty disputes for governments and investors. Additionally, he 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. Mr. Kavanagh also acts as lead counsel in arbitrations, which have been seated in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Delhi, Stockholm, the Hague, Netherlands and Vienna. He has extensive experience in managing multijurisdictional court actions in the Caribbean and other offshore jurisdictions. In addition, Mr. Kavanagh regularly advises companies and financial institutions on regulatory matters and civil/criminal investigations including advice under the U.K. Bribery Act, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and international sanctions. He also counsels on data protection and privacy issues.


  • College of Law, Guildford, 1989
  • B.A. (Hons), University of Durham, 1988

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

(Hall of Fame)

David Kavanagh KCSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP’s ‘excellent international arbitration team’ frequently handles arbitrations that also involve court applications for interim relief, disclosure orders from the US courts in aid of foreign arbitrations, and enforcement proceedings to collect on arbitration awards. The Europe international litigation and arbitration group is led by David Kavanagh KC, who acts in heavyweight cases around the world. Other respected London-based practitioners are international arbitration specialist Bruce MacaulayDaniel Gal KC, who is experienced in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes in growth markets, such as the Middle East, Turkey, Russia and Brazil; and corporate, commercial and shareholder disputes expert David Edwards. Counsels Jonathon Egerton-Peters, Nicholas Adam and Devika Khopkar also have active international arbitration practices. International arbitration expert and newly-appointed silk Kate Davies KC recently joined from Allen & Overy LLP (where former partner David Herlihy departed for in early 2022); and former practice co-head Karyl Nairn has retired.

London > Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

The European tax controversy group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP resolves high-value matters for clients that include corporations, partnerships, estates, individuals and government entities. The team has experience in areas such as transfer pricing, case-management for EU-related tax and state aid claims. James Anderson co-heads the practice with David Kavanagh who has expertise in litigation and arbitration.