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 U.S. News – Best Lawyers 'Law Firm of the Year' Awards

Skadden was named the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in both the M&A-related Litigation and Tax categories as part of the publication's 2015 “Best Law Firms” survey, published on Nov. 4, 2014. We also received 149 first-tier practice rankings, 37 of which are national. Rankings are based on client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field.

Chambers UK 2015

Chambers UK has recognized 16 Skadden practices, 26 partners and two counsel in its 2015 guide. The firm raised a tier in Banking & Finance: Borrowers and is newly recommended for Public International Law. We also received new "Leading Individual" rankings in Private Equity, Corporate/M&A, Public International Law and Energy & Natural Resources Disputes, and promotions for individuals in International Arbitration, Investment Funds, Capital Markets: Equity, Banking & Finance and Energy & Natural Resources Disputes.  

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.


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