Rankings for 2015

American Lawyer 'Dealmakers of the Year'

The American Lawyer named four Skadden attorneys — more than any other firm — as "Dealmakers of the Year" and recognized three transactions that Skadden advised on — more than any other firm — in its coverage (March 30, 2015).

Skadden's "Dealmakers of the Year" are:

  • New York corporate finance partner Andrea Nicolas, for advising NextEra Energy Partners, LP on its $467 million yieldco IPO.
  • Chicago M&A partner Rodd Schreiber, for counseling Hillshire Brands Company in its $8.6 billion unsolicited acquisition by Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • New York M&A partner Paul Schnell and Washington, D.C. M&A partner Jeremy London, for guiding Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. in its unsolicited, but subsequently agreed upon, $1.8 billion acquisition by The Men's Wearhouse, Inc.

According to the magazine, the deals "spotlight creative thinking, novel approaches and innovative work."

Décideurs 2015 Disputes and Tax Rankings

Skadden was listed as a leading firm in the disputes and tax rankings released by French directory Décideurs in the areas of commercial disputes; financial disputes; disputes concerning the operations of French-listed companies, the Financial Markets Authority and the Prudential Supervisory Authority; international group tax; and transactions tax.

Dealogic 2015 Global M&A League Tables

Skadden ranked first in M&A deals by value and number globally for the second consecutive month, advising in February 2015 on 15 matters totaling $55.19 billion in value, according to data from Dealogic reported by Law360. For the first two months of 2015, the firm advised on 37 deals totaling $151.94 billion in value.

Real Estate Finance & Investment Financing Awards

Skadden was named the leading law firm for real estate financing at the inaugural Real Estate Finance & Investment Financing Awards (February 4, 2015) for "demonstrated exceptional performance, customer satisfaction and innovation over the past 12 months."

Rankings for 2014

Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Mergermarket 2014 M&A League Tables

In 2014, Skadden ranked first in announced M&A deals by value globally and in the U.S. according to league tables published by Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and mergermarket.

Dealogic's 2014 Global M&A League Tables

In 2014, Skadden ranked first in announced M&A deals by value globally according to The Wall Street Journal (Dec. 29), citing data collected by Dealogic.

Law360 'Practice Group of the Year' Awards

Skadden received Law360’s "Practice Group of the Year" awards (Dec. 21, 2014) in seven areas: Capital Markets, Health, Life Sciences, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Real Estate and Securities. The publication’s awards were given to firms that "came through for their clients in 2014, sealing the big deals and winning the high-stakes suits."

Financial Times 2014 'US Innovative Lawyers' Report

The Financial Times ranked Skadden second in the 2014 U.S./North America "Innovative Lawyers" report. We have ranked as one of the top two firms for innovation all five years of the FT's report. The firm had seven ranked submissions (tied for most) and three shortlisted for individual awards (also tied for most). Of particular note, we received the top score in the new "social responsibility" category.

Distinguished Pro Bono Law Firm Award for Hong Kong

The Hong Kong office was given the "2014 Distinguished Pro Bono Law Firm Award” by the Law Society of Hong Kong on December 5. Skadden was one of only two firms to receive that award, which is the highest honor the Law Society gives to law firms for their pro bono work. In addition to the Firm award, eight attorneys in the Hong Kong office received individual awards.

TopLegal's 'Italian Desk 2014' Award

Skadden's London office received TopLegal's "Italian Desk 2014" award on November 27, recognizing its work for Italian clients over the last 12 months.