The Firm

With 23 offices, approximately 1,700 attorneys and more than 50 distinct areas of practice, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates serves clients in every major international financial center, providing the specific legal advice companies across a spectrum of industries need to compete most effectively in a global business environment. Our clients include approximately 50 percent of the Fortune 250 industrial and service corporations, as well as financial and governmental entities, small, entrepreneurial companies and nonprofits. Skadden’s attorneys and staff share a commitment to providing our clients with the highest-quality and most cost-effective legal services in an atmosphere emphasizing teamwork, creativity, responsiveness and diversity.

Our History

Founded as a three-lawyer shop in Manhattan in 1948, Skadden rose to prominence in the ’60s and ’70s by taking on the proxy fights and hostile tender offers that white-shoe law firms deemed “ungentlemanly.”  We leveraged our success in that area to build one of the world’s preeminent law firms, offering clients in every major international financial center solutions to the most challenging legal issues in virtually every area of corporate law.

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Our Rankings

Corporate Board Member 'America's Best Corporate Law Firms' 2016

For 16 consecutive years — every year the rankings have been published — Skadden has been named the top U.S. law firm in Corporate Board Member magazine's annual survey of "America's Best Corporate Law Firms" (May 2016). The annual survey asks directors of publicly traded companies to weigh in on current governance and legal matters and recognizes firms providing the "highest caliber of legal advice and consulting."

Who's Who Legal Awards 2016

Skadden was named "Capital Markets Firm of the Year" at the annual Who's Who Legal Awards (April 11, 2016). The awards honor firms that have performed exceptionally well in Who's Who Legal's global peer-driven research.

'BTI Brand Elite 2016: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms'

For the fifth consecutive year, Skadden took the top spot in a report that identifies law firms with the strongest brands. The "BTI Brand Elite 2016: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms" report (March 2016) is based on more than 600 interviews with corporate counsel at companies with an average revenue of $18.2 billion, according to BTI Consulting Group, Inc.

2015 M&A League Tables

Skadden ranked first in announced 2015 M&A deals by value globally and in the U.S. according to league tables published by Bloomberg, mergermarket and Thomson Reuters. We also ranked first in announced 2015 M&A deals by value in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) according to Bloomberg.


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