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.


  • Frequently ranked among the top three firms worldwide and in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe for announced M&A transactions by value in league tables published by Bloomberg, Merger-market and Refinitiv
  • 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 of the Year for 10 consecutive years (2011-20)
  • Among the firms honored for advising on the Global M&A Deal of the Year at The American Lawyer Industry Awards 2019
  • One of only six firms ranked in Chambers Global 2021’s top tier for Global M&A
  • One of seven firms to top Chambers USA 2020’s M&A Elite rankings and the recipient of the 2018 and 2016 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence for having the nation’s top M&A practice
  • Top tier for M&A according to IFLR1000 and U.S. News — Best Lawyers Best Law Firms
  • Selected as the top corporate law firm more times than any other firm in the U.S. in Corporate Board Member magazine’s annual survey of America’s Best Corporate Law Firms
  • In 2015, became the first law firm to handle more than $1 trillion in global announced M&A deals in a single year