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

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.

Chambers USA 2014 Rankings and ‘Award for Excellence’

In the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Skadden received a total of 354 practice and attorney rankings — more than any other firm. We also topped the following categories:

  • 265 total attorney rankings, including 73 in Band 1;
  • 36 Band 1 practice rankings out of 89 total practice rankings; and
  • Five "Star Individual" rankings.

Skadden also received a 2014 Chambers USA "Award for Excellence" in recognition of the firm's International Trade and CFIUS practices.

 

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