From our beginnings as a startup, Skadden forged a reputation as a global leader in mergers and acquisitions by relying on innovation, intellect, teamwork and tenacity. In some ways, little has changed: By remaining steadfastly committed to the qualities underlying our early successes and adding to our collective experience over the decades, we are able to advise clients in almost any potential M&A scenario.


  • First for completed global deals as advisor to principals by value in 2019, according to Refinitiv M&A league tables
  • U.S. News — Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year for Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law as part of the publication’s 2021 Best Law Firms survey
  • Among Law360’s Mergers & Acquisitions Groups for 10 consecutive years (2011-2020)
  • Among the firms honored for advising on the Global M&A Deal of the Year at The American Lawyer Industry Awards 2019
  • Top tier for M&A according to IFLR1000 and U.S. News — Best Lawyers Best Law Firms
  • One of eight firms to top Chambers USA 2021’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
  • One of only six firms ranked in Chambers Global 2021’s top tier for Global M&A
  • 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
  • In 2015, Skadden became the first law firm to handle more than $1 trillion in global announced M&A deals in a single year.