Skadden ranked first as M&A legal advisers in 2008, according to Corporate Control Alert. Firms were ranked according to the number of deals they worked on with a value of $100 million or more. Skadden was credited for 75 deals of that size; the second-ranked firm worked on 44.
According to Thomson's mergers and acquisitions review, Skadden ranked third by dollar value in worldwide M&A deals announced in 2008, and first by dollar value in completed U.S. transactions.
Bloomberg's 2008 corporate finance league tables ranked the firm second by deal count when representing managers of U.S. equity offerings (IPOs), and first by deal count and second by volume when representing issuers of U.S. equity-linked offerings.