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

2015 M&A League Tables

Skadden ranked first in announced 2015 M&A deals by value globally and in the U.S. according to league tables published by Bloomberg, mergermarket and Thomson Reuters. We also ranked first in announced 2015 M&A deals by value in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) according to Bloomberg.

Law360 'Practice Group of the Year' Awards

Skadden received Law360's "Practice Group of the Year" awards (December 20, 2015) in seven areas: Bankruptcy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Project Finance, Real Estate, Sports, Tax and Technology.

Financial Times 2015 U.S./North American 'Innovative Lawyers' Report

For the third time in six years, the Financial Times' "Innovative Lawyers" report has named Skadden the most innovative law firm in North America (December 2015). Five of the firm's submissions were ranked among the year's top legal innovations; three were shortlisted for individual top honors. Skadden has ranked either first or second in each of the FT's six annual U.S./North America "Innovative Lawyers" reports.

TopLegal 'Italian Desk 2015' Award

For the second year in a row, Skadden has received TopLegal's "Italian Desk" award (November 23, 2015), recognizing our work for Italian clients over the last 12 months. This is the third award our European attorneys received in 2015 for their representation of Italian clients.

 

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