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  • Name
    Steve Arcano
  • Position
    Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Location
    New York
  • Law School
    Georgetown
  • About Steve

    Steve became hooked on deal-making as a summer associate at Skadden during the M&A boom of the ’80s, receiving his first “tombstone” on a self-tender offer set to close on the same day as the stock market crash now known as Black Monday. The deal didn’t close on schedule, but in the decades since, Steve has become known as a go-to adviser on some of the most high-profile M&A deals in industries such as pharma and biotech, consumer and industrial goods, energy, and TMT. He learned the art of deal-making from Skadden VIPs like Joe Flom and Roger Aaron and has shared that wisdom with others, as leader of the firm’s New York M&A practice, co-head of our global transactions practices, mentor to countless Skadden associates, and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Exxon/Mobil Deal Toy

    The “deal toy” for one of Steve’s memorable matters — Mobil Corporation’s $73.7 billion merger (the largest ever at the time) with Exxon Corporation — sits prominently in his office.

  • Hand Grip

    Working on high-stakes deals requires serious intellectual flex. Many team members pump this hand grip during strategic brainstorming sessions in Steve’s office.

  • Barrister’s Wig

    An unusual keepsake for a corporate lawyer, this horsehair wig was bestowed upon Steve after he helped complete an unsolicited acquisition that deployed an unprecedented legal strategy in the Supreme Court of the British overseas territory of Bermuda.

Total value of deals as a partner
>$600B
Named a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer
2017
Years of Skadden practice leadership
15
Meet Steve
  • Name
    Tatsuro Yamamura
  • Position
    Associate, Tax
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Law School
    Yale
  • About Tatsuro

    As an undergrad at Dartmouth, Tatsuro took courses and conducted research related to tax economics and was immediately hooked: The exceedingly complex, puzzle-like tax code has a significant impact on individuals, businesses and society as a whole but somehow remains underappreciated and poorly understood. A series of internships convinced Tatsuro that the best way to work on tax matters would be as an attorney, advising clients on a wide variety of complex considerations relating to tax law — which is part of the reason he came to Skadden.

    In his first year at the firm, he’s already been involved in a broad range of cutting-edge matters. The breadth and depth of the firm’s tax practice has exposed him to a variety of tax matters, including deals, advisory work, controversy and litigation. It’s too early to pick a favorite area of tax law, he says, but he hasn’t ruled any out — he’s enjoyed them all, as well as the challenges of each area.  

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  • Chess pieces

    During elementary school, Tatsuro was a competitive chess player and earned the title of California State Chess Champion. His childhood passion for the game foreshadowed his interest in tax law — both involve complex and technical analysis that reward years of dedication and study.

  • Umbrella

    Over the years, Tatsuro has accumulated an impressive collection of umbrellas, including ones from his time at Yale School of Management and as a Skadden 1L Scholar at BlackRock, where he had the opportunity to work with an in-house legal team and gain new perspectives that continue to inform his work at Skadden.

  • Japanese Book

    Having grown up in Japan, Tatsuro still feels a strong connection to the country, its culture and its language. Years ago, his grandmother wrote a book on his family’s history, which includes her account of moving to the U.S. and returning to Japan. The book is a reminder of his heritage and connection to his family.

Yale Graduate Degrees
2
California State Chess Championships
1
Months Lived In Japan
48
Meet Tatsuro
  • Name
    Jocelyn Strauber
  • Position
    Partner, Government Enforcement & White Collar Crime
  • Location
    New York
  • Law School
    Duke
  • About Jocelyn

    Prior to joining Skadden, Jocelyn’s career took her from tennis courts in Washington, D.C., where she played against the nation’s top justice, to federal court in New York, where she successfully prosecuted Jamaica’s most notorious drug kingpin.

    Jocelyn’s clerkship for the late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist laid the foundation for her legal career, though many of the most valuable lessons were gleaned in doubles matches with the chief justice and her fellow clerks. As Jocelyn recalls, he was a strong advocate for “work-life balance” long before that became a hot topic. Following her clerkship, Jocelyn held numerous roles at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, including co-chief of the Criminal Division’s Terrorism & International Narcotics Unit. She regularly calls on that prosecutorial experience at Skadden, where she represents companies and individuals in a wide array of criminal and civil enforcement matters.

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  • Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award
    Jocelyn supervised the successful prosecution of several major terrorism and national security cases while at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. This award for her work helping to secure drug kingpin Christopher Coke’s extradition and guilty plea sits prominently on her bookcase in her office.  
  • Embassy Coin

    Each embassy has its own coin, and Jocelyn collected them from every one she visited as a prosecutor. Her collection includes coins from Istanbul, Kingston, London, Mexico City, San Salvador and, pictured here, Bogotá.

  • Sticky Notes

    Jocelyn has long been “obsessed” with sticky notes — all of her case notes are papered with them. Jocelyn believes her fixation began with these “No guts, no glory” stickies her parents gave her when she started law school, and which have found a home on her various desks throughout her career. Apparently, she uses them quite judiciously.

Criminal cases tried as a prosecutor in the Southern District of New York
9
Recent trips to Brazil to meet with clients for an FCPA matter
10+
Tennis matches played against Chief Justice Rehnquist
30
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