Rankings for 2015

The American Lawyer 2015 Global Legal Awards

The American Lawyer announced the winners of its third annual "Global Legal Awards" (July 23, 2015) and Skadden was cited as among the most successful firms, earning four awards.

  • Our role in the Swiss Bank Program, in which the firm has been representing nine Swiss banks in disclosing cross-border activities to the U.S. Department of Justice and Swiss Department of Finance, was recognized as the "Global Dispute of the Year, Investigations."
  • The $2.8 billion going-private acquisition of Giant Interactive Group, in which Skadden represented China-based private equity firm Hony Capital as part of a buyer consortium, was named "Global M&A Deal of the Year, China."
  • Ireland-based Covidien plc's $43 billion acquisition by Medtronic, Inc. was selected as "Global M&A Deal of the Year, Ireland," with Skadden representing Covidien in tax aspects of the deal.
  • In the matter recognized as "Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year," Skadden represented Indian guest workers in a settlement with marine construction firm Signal International. This was one of the largest series of labor trafficking cases in U.S. history.

According to Am Law, the awards honor "the most distinguished international work" since January 2014.

First-Half 2015 M&A and Corporate Finance League Tables

Skadden has ranked first in M&A league tables published by Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and mergermarket for announced first-half 2015 global and U.S. announced deals by value. In Thomson Reuters' league tables, Skadden also ranked first by deal value for worldwide completed deals and first by deal value for announced transactions in emerging markets; Brazil, Russia, India and China; Middle East and North Africa; Europe, the Middle East and Africa health care; and U.S. telecommunications. In Bloomberg's league tables, we also ranked first by deal value in announced transactions for Asia Pacific (excluding Japan).

In Bloomberg's first-half 2015 global corporate finance league tables, Skadden ranked first (i) as issuer counsel by deal count for U.S. equity-linked transactions; (ii) as issuer counsel by deal count and volume for U.S. high-yield transactions; and (iii) as manager counsel by deal count and volume for India equity IPOs.

National Law Journal DC 'Litigation Department of the Year'

Skadden has been named Washington, D.C.'s "Litigation Department of the Year" for Products Liability by The National Law Journal (June 29, 2015). The publication noted Skadden's role crafting novel and noteworthy defense strategies for companies such as Altria, Johnson & Johnson and Merck.

Premio Le Fonti and Legalcommunity Italy Desk Awards

Skadden has received two awards recognizing our European attorneys' representation of Italian clients in major cross-border matters: "Law Firm of the Year/Italy Desk" from Premio Le Fonti (June 25, 2015) and "Law Firm of the Year — Italian Commitment" from Legalcommunity (June 30, 2015). These awards follow Skadden's selection as "Italy Desk of the Year" by TopLegal in 2014.

International Legal Alliance: Best Overall US Corporate Law Firm

Skadden has received the International Legal Alliance Award for "Best Overall U.S. Corporate Law Firm" for the second year in a row. A panel of 150 general counsel of Fortune 500 companies made the selection, which was announced on June 24, 2015. Skadden also was named a leading firm in the areas of Competition, Project Finance and International Arbitration.

Financial Times 2015 'Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers' Awards

At the Financial Times annual "Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers" awards ceremony (June 10, 2015), Skadden won the "Innovation in Finance Law" award for international firms, in recognition of our representation of Cogobuy Group in its IPO and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Skadden has won the award both years since its inception.

Chambers USA 2015 Rankings and Awards

In the latest edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (May 2015), Skadden received the most top rankings among law firms, including:

  • 68 Band 1 attorney rankings.

  • 36 Band 1 practice rankings.

  • Five "Star Individual" rankings.

Skadden also received a 2015 Chambers USA "Award for Excellence" for having the nation's top tax practice. In addition, New York M&A partner Peter Allan Atkins was honored with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" for his accomplishments and continuing work as "one of the world's foremost authorities on corporate and securities law."

Corporate Board Member: 2015 'America's Best Corporate Law Firms'

For the 15th consecutive year, Skadden has been named the top U.S. law firm in Corporate Board Member magazine's annual survey of "America's Best Corporate Law Firms" (May 2015), which asked directors of publicly traded companies what firms they would "most likely turn to for corporate legal matters of national scope."

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

For the second year in a row, Skadden was named "Investigations Firm of the Year" at the global Who's Who Legal Awards, in Washington, D.C. (April 27, 2015).

'BTI Brand Elite 2015: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms'

For the fourth consecutive year, Skadden took the top spot in a report that identifies law firms with the strongest brands. The "BTI Brand Elite 2015: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms" report (April 2015) is based on almost 650 interviews with corporate counsel at companies with an average revenue of $17.5 billion, according to BTI Consulting Group, Inc.