Rankings for 2014
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.
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.
Acritas 2014 'US Law Firm Brand Index'
Skadden again topped Acritas' "U.S. Law Firm Brand Index," published on March 3, 2014. The survey asked more than 700 U.S.-based general counsel and international lawyers questions about which law firms first come to mind and which they most favor for certain legal services.
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014 Rankings
Chambers Asia-Pacific has recognized Skadden practices and 16 partners among the region's leaders in its 2014 guide (February 18). Among other highlights, the firm received 20 practice rankings, including top-tier listings for:
- Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: Equity
- Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: High-Yield
- Asia-Pacific: Corporate/M&A
- Australia: Capital Markets: US Law
- China: Capital Markets: Equity
- China: Capital Markets: High-Yield
- China: Corporate/M&A: The Elite
Law360 'Practice Group of the Year' Awards
Skadden received Law360’s "Practice Group of the Year" awards (Jan. 1, 2014) in six areas: Competition, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Real Estate, Securities and Tax. The publication's awards were given to firms "that excelled at getting the job done for clients in litigation and deals in 2013."
The American Lawyer 2014 'Litigation Department of the Year'
Skadden was selected by The American Lawyer as a finalist for its biennial "Litigation Department of the Year" competition. The publication, which announced the results in its January 2014 issue, based the award on interviews with partners, client references and litigation achievements across various practice areas. In a story titled "The Internationalists," the magazine highlights the growth and strength of Skadden's global litigation capabilities and describes the firm as "a global one-stop shop for antitrust, mass torts and securities litigation, as well as white-collar defense and regulatory work."
Rankings for 2013
2013 British Legal Awards
Skadden earned top honors for the "Best Use of Technology" at the British Legal Awards on Nov. 28, 2013. The award recognized Skadden's instrumental role in developing the Magnum Cloud software system, which was used in the firm's landmark 2012 victory on behalf of Roman Abramovich in his $6 billion dispute with the late Boris Berezovsky.