Rankings for 2014

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."

The American Lawyer's 2014 'Corporate Scorecard'

Skadden earned the highest number of rankings of all law firms in The American Lawyer's annual "Corporate Scorecard" (April 2014), which tracks leading firms' transactional practices during the previous year.

2014 Who’s Who Legal Awards: 'Investigations Firm of the Year'

Skadden was named "Investigations Firm of the Year" at the annual Who’s Who Legal Awards, held in New York on March 31. The event honored law firms and attorneys from around the globe who performed "exceptionally well" in research completed for the Who's Who Legal directories.

2013 IFLR Americas Awards: 'Americas Firm of the Year'

Skadden was named "Americas Firm of the Year" at the annual International Financial Law Review Americas Awards on March 27, 2014. The firm also was named "M&A Team of the Year" (for the second consecutive year) and "Restructuring Team of the Year." In addition, IFLR recognized Skadden with "Restructuring Deal of the Year" and "Equity Deal of the Year" awards for its role in the restructuring of Central European Distribution Corp. and the initial public offering of Biosev S.A., respectively. In total, Skadden was nominated for 14 awards and took home five — more than any other firm.

Chambers Global 2014: ‘International Law Firm of the Year,’ ‘Corporate / M&A Law Firm of the Year’ and Rankings

Skadden has been named by Chambers Global as “International Law Firm of the Year” for 2014. According to Chambers, the recognition “is awarded to the firm that has demonstrated its ability to advise on the highest profile matters across a broad range of practice areas all over the world. The firm is consistently recognized for its high quality legal advice by clients.” In making its decision, announced on March 27, Chambers said of Skadden: “A strong global network allows it to advise on the leading matters in every region of the world. Particularly fêted for their work in the M&A and Disputes spheres, cross-office teams regularly work on the highest profile matters.”

In also recognizing Skadden as the 2014 “Corporate / M&A Law Firm of the Year,” Chambers stated: “This leading US firm has an impressive global footprint, with particular strength in Asia and Latin America. Commentators appreciate its global network and client base, which enables it to work on international transactions involving multiple offices.”

Additionally, Skadden earned 322 practice and attorney rankings in the Chambers Global 2014 guide, published on March 13. The firm and its lawyers received 72 top-tier rankings.