Skadden established a European presence more than 30 years ago with the opening of our London office, followed by offices located in Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and Munich. This network leverages us to lead some of the most important pan-European deals, driving inbound and outbound investment. We deliver highly efficient, cost-effective and collaborative client service by utilizing our attorneys’ deep knowledge of the region, seamlessly working with our offices around the world in the following areas: M&A, capital markets, private equity, banking, corporate restructuring, investment management, tax, insurance, government enforcement and white collar crime, international litigation and arbitration, EU competition, ESG, financial regulatory, labor and employment, and IP, IT, data protection and cybersecurity.
In January 2022, Skadden became the first-ever U.S.-headquartered law firm to top Bloomberg’s rankings of U.K. announced deals. We also were named Corporate Team of the Year and Competition or Antitrust Team of the Year at The Lawyer European Awards 2021.
Additionally, we have been named Competition Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards, as well as Transatlantic Restructuring Team of the Year, Transatlantic Antitrust Team of the Year, Transatlantic Tax Team of the Year and International Litigation and Arbitration Team of the Year by The American Lawyer and Legal Week at its Transatlantic Legal Awards. Skadden also was recognized as Most Innovative National Firm of the Year 2019: Russia at the IFLR European Awards. Our Italian team has consistently been recognized for its work, including four awards for Law Firm of the Year/Italy Desk from Premio Le Fonti, two consecutive International Italian Desk of the Year awards — including in 2020 — from TopLegal, and the only award for Law Firm of the Year — Italian Commitment by Legalcommunity.
Our European Capital Markets Group focuses on providing legal advice to corporate, investment banking and governmental clients. We advise on a variety of capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, rights offerings, high-yield financings, offerings of regulatory capital and other hybrid securities and other global equity and debt offerings. We counsel clients in nearly every country in the greater European region, the former CIS, the Middle East and Africa, providing transactional and compliance advice in connection with securities offerings under the European Prospectus Directive and U.S. Rule 144A and Regulation S listings on the major European and U.S. stock exchanges.
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