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