Allen & Overy has hired longtime Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom partner David Herlihy in a boost to its London arbitration group.
Herlihy leaves Skadden after over 19 years, according to LinkedIn.
A statement on Tuesday said that Herlihy will initially be based in London and later split his time between London and Dublin.
He has 20 years’ experience in international arbitration, with a focus on international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and public international law, the A&O statement added.
Notably, Herlihy led the team advising telecommunications giant Vodafone to victory against Indian tax authorities in a €3 billion dispute in 2020.
This is the latest high profile London hire for A&O. In May 2021, the firm hired a leveraged finance partner duo from Linklaters.
Herlihy’s hire marks a change in the wider London narrative of partners leaving elite U.K. firms for U.S. rivals, often tempted by mega pay packets. Recently, a DLA Piper London partner duo moved to Willkie Farr & Gallagher in January and longtime Clifford Chance partner Anthony Single joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in 2021.
A&O’s global head of arbitration, Mark Levy QC, said in a statement on the hire: “David’s track record of high-profile successes for clients speaks for itself and he is rightly recognised as one of the leading international arbitration lawyers practising in London today.”
David Kavanagh QC, Skadden’s London head of international arbitration, said in a statement: “David is leaving us on 5 April. We’re sorry to see him go but understand his wish to relocate to Dublin with Allen & Overy for family reasons. We thank him for his contribution to the firm and wish him well.”