Arthur Cox announces two senior appointments to strengthen and expand its aviation team.
Rob Murphy, an international aviation industry leader, joins the firm as co-chair of Arthur Cox’s aviation team. Rob was most recently Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at CDB Aviation. Prior to that he was a partner at the global leading law firm Freshfields, where he was head of global aviation and asset finance.
Commenting on his appointment, Rob said, “I am excited to be joining the Arthur Cox team. This really is a top firm and I am very much looking forward to it. Our goal is to bring the firm’s full service offering to aviation sector clients, both to support their business goals and to help them in their execution and innovation.”
Laura Cunningham joins the firm’s aviation practice as a partner. Laura has been working internationally in aviation with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, principally in their London office having also spent time in Milbank’s Singapore office. Prior to Milbank, Laura worked in Freshfields’ aviation and asset finance team having trained and worked with Arthur Cox.
The firm’s existing aviation practice is led by Caroline Devlin, a leading asset finance and tax practitioner, under whose leadership the team has grown rapidly and successfully in recent years. Caroline and Rob will now co-chair the aviation team.
Caroline said, “I am looking forward very much to working with Rob and Laura and our expanded team, and to the exciting new opportunities that lie ahead.”
The team will be supported by a strong group of existing associates and supplemented by external hires.
Commenting on the move, Managing Partner, Brian O’Gorman said: “We are delighted to welcome Rob Murphy and Laura Cunningham to the firm. Both bring considerable international experience, having led some of the largest and most significant aviation transactions in recent years. We are very excited by this development; the combined strength in depth, experience and expertise of our three leaders in aviation, Rob, Caroline and Laura, gives us a strong platform on which to consolidate and expand our aviation practice.”