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

Real Estate Finance & Investment Financing Awards

Skadden was named the leading law firm for real estate financing at the inaugural Real Estate Finance & Investment Financing Awards (February 4, 2015) for "demonstrated exceptional performance, customer satisfaction and innovation over the past 12 months."

Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Mergermarket 2014 M&A League Tables

In 2014, Skadden ranked first in announced M&A deals by value globally and in the U.S. according to league tables published by Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and mergermarket.

Dealogic's 2014 Global M&A League Tables

In 2014, Skadden ranked first in announced M&A deals by value globally according to The Wall Street Journal (Dec. 29), citing data collected by Dealogic.

Law360 'Practice Group of the Year' Awards

Skadden received Law360’s "Practice Group of the Year" awards (Dec. 21, 2014) in seven areas: Capital Markets, Health, Life Sciences, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Real Estate and Securities. The publication’s awards were given to firms that "came through for their clients in 2014, sealing the big deals and winning the high-stakes suits."

 

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