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.

Skadden ranked first by value in 2017 global and U.S. M&A league tables published by Bloomberg, Mergermarket and Thomson Reuters. We also ranked in the top tier by IFLR1000 2017, U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2017. We were one of seven firms to top Chambers USA 2017’s M&A Elite rankings and received the 2016 Chambers USA Award for Excellence for having the nation’s top M&A practice. We also were one of only four firms ranked in Chambers Global 2017’s top tier for Global M&A. Additionally, we were named among Law360’s Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of 2016. For 17 consecutive years, 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” (May 2017), which asked directors of publicly traded companies to select “a firm they would most likely turn to for corporate legal matters of national scope.” 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