Rankings for 2014

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.

2014 Third-Quarter M&A League Tables

In the third-quarter league tables, Skadden ranks No. 1 in global M&A deals based on total transaction value to date in 2014. The unanimous ranking by Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and mergermarket marks the third time in three quarters that Skadden topped the 2014 M&A tables. 

BTI’s ‘Litigation Outlook 2015’ Survey

BTI’s ‘Litigation Outlook 2015’ Survey For the fourth time in a row, Skadden was named a member of the "Fearsome Foursome" — the four elite law firm litigation practices that "clients would least like to see on the other side of the table" — in a survey of 300 corporate counsel at the world’s largest companies published by BTI Consulting in September 2014. Skadden is one of only two firms to be named to this list in all four editions of the report.

The "Litigation Outlook 2015" survey also noted Skadden as one of three "powerhouses" in BTI’s Securities and Finance Litigation category and a "standout" firm in its Class Action/Tort and Product Liability categories.

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.

Corporate Board Member: 2014 ‘America's Best Corporate Law Firms’

For the 14th consecutive year, Skadden has been named the top U.S. corporate law firm in Corporate Board Member magazine’s annual survey of “America’s Best Corporate Law Firms” (May 2014), which asked directors of publicly traded companies to select the firms they would “most likely retain to handle a variety of corporate legal matters.”

2014 ‘BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms’

For the third consecutive year, Skadden took the top spot in a report that identifies law firms with the strongest brands. The 2014 "BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best Branded Law Firms" report is based on more than 300 interviews with corporate in-house counsel at companies with an average revenue of $16.4 billion.

BTI Consulting Group, Inc. said, "Skadden has maintained its position as a leader in value by delivering on a systematic and continuing basis across its client base. While other firms may start client service initiatives periodically because of the additional time and money required, Skadden makes its unique service delivery part of the way it operates."