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.
2013 British Legal Awards
Skadden earned top honors for the "Best Use of Technology" at the British Legal Awards on Nov. 28, 2013. The award recognized Skadden's instrumental role in developing the Magnum Cloud software system, which was used in the firm's landmark 2012 victory on behalf of Roman Abramovich in his $6 billion dispute with the late Boris Berezovsky.
Financial Times 2013 'US Innovative Lawyers' Report
Skadden again ranked as the No. 1 firm in the country for innovation in the legal sector in the Financial Times’ annual “US Innovative Lawyers” report, published Nov. 21, 2013. We are the first firm to receive this honor twice and have ranked as one of the top two firms all four years the report has been published The FT gave Skadden 11 ranked submissions — the most by any firm in the history of the report — including at least one ranked item in each of the report's five firm-related categories: corporate, finance, litigation, "lawyers to the innovators" and "business of law."
BTI 'Client Service A-Team 2014' Report
Skadden is the top-ranked firm in BTI Consulting's "Client Service A-Team 2014" report, published on Nov. 19, 2013. The report discusses the law firms that, according to BTI, corporate counsel say deliver the best client service. BTI interviewed nearly 300 chief legal officers at large and Fortune 1000 companies between March and July 2013. Skadden was named one of the "best of the best" — BTI's top tier — in 13 of the 17 client-service rankings that comprise the report.
Skadden Tops New Tax Rankings
Skadden is ranked as a leading law firm for tax advice according to two guides published by International Tax Review:
- The 2014 edition of World Tax, which rates the capabilities of law firms and other tax consultancies, gave Skadden more top-tier U.S. rankings than any other legal adviser.
- Skadden also is ranked as a top-tier law firm in the inaugural edition of World Transfer Pricing, which interviewed corporate tax directors and their advisers in more than 50 jurisdictions globally for their insights into the firms with top experience in this profit allocation method.