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.
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."
Financial Times 2014 'US Innovative Lawyers' Report
The Financial Times ranked Skadden second in the 2014 U.S./North America "Innovative Lawyers" report. We have ranked as one of the top two firms for innovation all five years of the FT's report. The firm had seven ranked submissions (tied for most) and three shortlisted for individual awards (also tied for most). Of particular note, we received the top score in the new "social responsibility" category.