Skadden is a global leader among law firms involved in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. The transactional experience of Skadden’s lawyers, the breadth of our practice and the geographical reach of our offices worldwide have allowed us to maintain our leadership position, representing a broad array of public and private companies, private equity firms and financial sponsors, investment banks, governmental entities, and other institutions and individuals in almost every type of M&A situation.

In Mergermarket league tables for announced 2018 M&A deals by value, Skadden ranked first for U.S. and Americas deals and second for global deals.We ranked in the top tier by IFLR1000 and U.S. News — Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms." We were one of seven firms to top Chambers USA 2019’s M&A Elite rankings and received the 2018 and 2016 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence for having the nation’s top M&A practice. We also were one of only five firms ranked in Chambers Global 2019’s top tier for Global M&A. Additionally, we were named among Law360’s Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of 2018. Skadden has been named the top corporate law firm in the United States in Corporate Board Member magazine’s annual survey of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms" more than any other law firm. The survey asked directors of publicly traded companies to select "a firm they would most likely turn to for corporate legal matters." In 2015, Skadden became the first law firm to handle more than $1 trillion in global announced M&A deals in a single year.

We recognize that every transaction, regardless of size, is important to our clients. While we advise many of the world’s largest companies, investment banks and other regular participants in the M&A market — often on their most high-profile transactions — Skadden also represents numerous smaller clients that are not regularly engaged in M&A transactions. Our lawyers strive to bring the same practical approach, creativity and commitment to excellence to each matter in which we are engaged.

The types of M&A matters in which Skadden lawyers engage cover the full spectrum of negotiated and contested situations, including:

  • Advance preparation for prospective targets
  • Asset sales and purchases
  • Corporate governance advice
  • General corporate counseling
  • Joint ventures
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Private equity
  • Proxy contests
  • Recapitalizations
  • Spin-offs/Split-offs
  • Stock sales and purchases
  • Strategic mergers
  • Tender offers