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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
    Chadé Severin
  • Position
    Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Location
    Boston
  • Law School
    Columbia
  • About Chadé
    Grit. Passion. Excellence. The traits of a great Skadden lawyer were evident in Chadé as early as age 10, when she ran for miles in the pouring rain to train for a PE track meet, and again in college, when she spent late nights, as the head writer for a musical, perfecting the other writers’ scenes before opening night. That Chadé spent time in the heart of Silicon Valley — college at Stanford and a stint at Google — before attending Columbia Law School seems fitting for an associate who landed in Skadden’s Boston M&A Group, where biotech clients deliver a healthy stream of high-profile matters. Chadé has had ample opportunity to work on some of the industry’s transformative deals, including Gilead Sciences’ $11.9 billion acquisition of Kite Pharma and Juno Therapeutics’ $11 billion acquisition by Celgene Corp. She shares her enthusiasm for and dedication to her work with others by participating in the firm’s recruiting and diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Explore Chadé's Desktop
  • Gilead Deal Toy
    The deal toy for Gilead’s $11.9 billion acquisition of Kite Pharma — one of 2017’s biggest — reminds Chadé of her mentor’s advice: You have to understand your client’s business in order to execute the best deal. 
  • Award-Winning Novel
    An avid reader with a preference for print over digital, Chadé keeps balanced with good literature that inspires and enlightens her — you’ll often find a dog-eared paperback in her travel bag.
  • Headphones
    Chadé marches to the beat of her own drum. An avid and discerning music fan, she often spends her weekends checking out the latest concert in Boston or listening to music at home. 
Largest biotech deal she's worked on
$11.9B
Articles reviewed as editor in chief of Columbia Journal of Race and Law
10
Students mentored over her career
100+
Meet Chadé
  • 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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