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Europe

With offices located in London,* Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Munich and Moscow, Skadden has handled substantial matters in nearly every country in the greater European region, as well as Africa and the Middle East. The firm’s European practice focuses primarily on corporate and finance transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, private equity, corporate restructuring, capital markets and banking. We also advise on matters involving energy and infrastructure projects, insurance, employment, EU competition, white collar crime and corporate investigations, international litigation and arbitration, investment management and tax.

The firm advises on English, Russian, French, German and U.S. law, allowing us to address the multijurisdictional aspects of cross-border transactions as well as specific domestic legal issues. In addition to countries in which Skadden has offices, we also have wide ranging experience advising clients based in Austria, Italy and Switzerland, as well as on matters throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The Financial Times ranked Skadden third in the area of “Legal Expertise” in its 2014 European ‘Innovative Lawyers’ report. We are the only firm to rank in the top three for “Legal Expertise” in both 2013 and 2014. The firm also won “M&A Deal of the Year” at the 2013 IFLR Europe Awards and was named “Dispute Resolution Team of the Year 2013” by Legal Business for the second successive year. In 2015, for the second year in a row, Skadden received TopLegal’s “Italian Desk” award, recognizing our work for Italian clients. We also received two awards recognizing our representation of Italian clients in major cross-border matters: “Law Firm of the Year/Italy Desk” from Premio Le Fonti, for the second year in a row, and “Law Firm of the Year — Italian Commitment” from Legalcommunity. Additionally, in 2016, Skadden ranked as an “Outstanding” firm in Global Competition Review’s survey of Brussels’ top competition practices.

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* Our London office operates as Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP, an affiliate of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
 

Mergers and Acquisitions

Skadden has one of the leading M&A practices in the world. For more than 20 years, we have developed a top mergers and acquisitions capability in Europe with a focus on complex, cross-border transactions. We have significant and unique experience in structuring and executing challenging transactions throughout our network of European offices. We have an established first-tier capability in Takeover Code-regulated transactions and have a fully established nonpublic and private equity transactions practice. We offer significant advantages in managing complex cross-border issues and the demands of multiple legal and regulatory regimes. We develop strategies for execution of our mandates by drawing on the wealth of experience of a close knit and complementary group of U.S. and European practitioners to exploit practices and developments from the world of M&A, sensitive to the local environment in which the acquisition entities are established. We work closely with our client’s financial and other advisers, whether lawyers or otherwise, in search of excellence and successful completion of the tasks to which we are assigned.

Private Equity

Skadden advises private equity firms on the structuring and execution of large, cross-border and domestic private equity transactions, including the purchase and sale of portfolio companies. The firm combines leading transactional experience with sophisticated financing and tax techniques in relation to a range of matters, including leveraged buyouts, management buyouts and recapitalizations.

Capital Markets

Skadden’s European Capital Markets Group advises corporate, governmental and investment banking clients on a variety of capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, high-yield financings, offerings of regulatory capital and other hybrid securities, and other global equity and debt offerings.

Banking

The European Banking Group comprises experienced finance lawyers familiar with all aspects of leveraged and project finance as well as restructurings (stressed and voluntary). Specialist local-law banking advice also is available through offices in Paris, Moscow and Germany, reflecting the regional importance of these centers for banking transactions. The group is regularly engaged in the development of new financing techniques as well as more traditional approaches.

Corporate Restructuring

The European Corporate Restructuring Group is headquartered in London and works in conjunction with Skadden lawyers throughout the world. We regularly advise European enterprises in cross-border, out-of-court restructurings and prenegotiated plans of reorganization, as well as in judicial, insolvency restructuring transactions and bankruptcy proceedings. Our lawyers have participated in many of the most complex restructuring transactions and insolvency-related proceedings of the last decade and have been instrumental in the development of sophisticated, innovative strategies that also draw on the firm’s rich background in mergers, acquisitions and corporate financing transactions. The firm also advises on insolvency issues in corporate transactions and in connection with litigation-related matters.

Investment Management

Skadden’s European Investment Management Group is a multidisciplinary team, servicing a wide range of private capital and asset management clients, including: private equity fund houses; hedge fund managers; high-net-worth investors; in-house asset management teams at financial institutions; family offices; SIVs, ABCPs and other “shadow banks”; private trading companies; and sovereign investors. Our core experience lies in structuring, establishing and operating a wide variety of pooled capital enterprises, such as general private equity funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds, investment clubs and managed accounts.

Energy and Infrastructure Projects

Drawing on the experience of the firm’s corporate, banking and tax practices, the European Energy and Infrastructure Projects Group provides comprehensive assistance on complex energy transactions. The team represents clients in a broad array of energy matters, including petroleum exploration; production and infrastructure investments; utility and petrochemical sector privatizations; large-scale power plant, pipeline and refinery developments; mergers, acquisitions and corporate financings involving energy companies; and non- or limited-recourse financings for capital intensive energy projects.

Insurance

Skadden represents insurance and reinsurance companies and their financial advisors and underwriters in a wide variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings, restructurings and reorganizations. The firm represents all parties — purchasers, sellers, targets and boards of directors, as well as investment banking firms, financial advisors and financial sponsors — in structuring acquisitions, disposals and mergers, joint ventures, asset transactions (including portfolio transfers, bulk deals and renewal rights deals) and distribution arrangements. Skadden also provides a broad range of regulatory advice to insurance and reinsurance companies, investment banks and other non-insurance entities.

Litigation and International Arbitration

The European International Litigation and Arbitration Group advises on international commercial disputes for multinational companies and major institutions, particularly in the commercial, engineering, energy and financial services fields, including arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules, and under the auspices of all the major international arbitration institutions. The firm’s practice also encompasses mediation, conciliation and the representation of clients before the English courts. Our lawyers also have served as arbitrators in a number of complex international arbitrations.

White Collar Crime and Corporate Investigations

Skadden’s European white collar crime and corporate investigations practice provides wide-ranging advice and representation to corporations and individuals involved in cross-border regulatory investigations and disputes. The practice combines its presence in Europe with Skadden’s deep experience in government investigations, enforcement actions and internal investigations. The firm defends corporations, directors, officers and employees against allegations in various business contexts and at every stage of the investigation and enforcement process. We have resolved a number of complex parallel proceedings involving criminal, civil and administrative components in multiple jurisdictions, in a wide variety of subject areas.

Tax

Through a combination of the firm’s tax lawyers and carefully chosen strategic alliances and contacts throughout Europe, Skadden offers tax advice across the range of corporate and financing transactions. In addition to providing tax advice within particular jurisdictions, our lawyers have considerable experience in strategic tax planning and tax implementation issues associated with multijurisdictional, cross-border transactions. The firm also has a well-respected tax controversy practice, providing clients with technical and tactical advice to ensure tax disputes are resolved as effectively as possible through negotiation, expert determination or a hearing.

Employment

Skadden’s European labor and employment practice advises businesses and senior executives on a wide range of issues. We also have extensive experience advising on corporate transactions, including how deal structures may be impacted by employment law, and on mitigating commercial risks.

Financial Regulatory

The European financial regulatory practice works closely with Skadden’s investment management, M&A, capital markets, banking, and government enforcement and white collar crime practices on a range of matters. The group also gives free-standing regulatory advice, on both U.K. domestic and cross-border issues, to a broad range of clients.

European Union and International Competition

Our EU and international competition practice represents clients across a full range of competition law issues raised in the context of multinational M&A and other transaction structures. We also advise in connection with investigations of cartels, abuses of dominant positions and other anticompetitive conduct issues under the EC Merger Regulation.