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

2015 Edition of the IFLR1000: Top Tier for UK M&A

Skadden’s London M&A team has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2015 edition of the IFLR1000, alongside four of the U.K.’s Magic Circle firms. This is the first time a leading directory has ranked any U.S. or other international firm in the highest tier for M&A in the U.K.

Financial Times 2014 European 'Innovative Lawyers' Report

Skadden ranked third in “Legal Expertise” — the category that measures a firm’s ability to provide innovative service — in the 2014 Financial Times “Innovative Lawyers” report for Europe. The Firm ranked 11th overall, with one “Stand Out” and three “Highly Commended” matters in the finance, dispute resolution and corporate/commercial categories. Skadden is the only firm to rank in the top three for “Legal Expertise” in both 2013 and 2014.

2014 Third-Quarter M&A League Tables

In the third-quarter league tables, Skadden ranks No. 1 in global M&A deals based on total transaction value to date in 2014. The unanimous ranking by Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and mergermarket marks the third time in three quarters that Skadden topped the 2014 M&A tables. 

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.


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