The Firm

With 23 offices, approximately 1,600 attorneys and more than 40 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

BTI’s ‘Litigation Outlook 2015’ Survey

BTI’s ‘Litigation Outlook 2015’ Survey For the fourth time in a row, Skadden was named a member of the "Fearsome Foursome" — the four elite law firm litigation practices that "clients would least like to see on the other side of the table" — in a survey of 300 corporate counsel at the world’s largest companies published by BTI Consulting in September 2014. Skadden is one of only two firms to be named to this list in all four editions of the report.

The "Litigation Outlook 2015" survey also noted Skadden as one of three "powerhouses" in BTI’s Securities and Finance Litigation category and a "standout" firm in its Class Action/Tort and Product Liability categories.

2014 First-Half M&A League Tables

Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters both ranked Skadden first for global and U.S. announced deals by value for the first half of 2014. Additionally, Thomson Reuters ranked Skadden first for announced deals in the U.S. for target representations and for transactions in the consumer products and services, energy and power, and media industries. We also topped the following categories: EMEA industrials (announced), Asia (ex-Japan) telecommunications (announced) and Italy (completed).

International Legal Alliance: Best Overall US Corporate Law Firm

Skadden received the 2014 International Legal Alliance Award for "Best Overall U.S. Corporate Law Firm." A panel of more than 100 general counsel of Fortune 500 companies made the selection, which was announced on June 19, 2014. Skadden also was named a leading firm in the areas of Project Finance, Infrastructure & Energy, Competition & Commercial Law and International Arbitration.

Financial Times 2014 Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards

At the Financial Times' inaugural Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers awards ceremony on June 10, 2014, Skadden won the "Innovation in Finance Law" award for international firms in recognition of our representation of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. We also were shortlisted for the "Most Innovative Law Firm" award for international firms and the "Innovation for International Strategy" award for our "one-stop legal shop" approach to client service. In addition, Skadden was honored for our work on Fortescue Metals Group Limited's securement of the second-largest leveraged covenant-lite term loan of all time and industry-shaping M&A transactions involving Marubeni Corporation and Gavilon Group LLC.

 

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