The Firm

With 22 offices, approximately 1,700 attorneys and more than 50 distinct areas of practice, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates serves clients in every major international financial center, providing the specific legal advice companies across a spectrum of industries need to compete most effectively in a global business environment. Our clients include approximately 50 percent of the Fortune 250 industrial and service corporations, as well as financial and governmental entities, small, entrepreneurial companies and nonprofits. Skadden’s attorneys and staff share a commitment to providing our clients with the highest-quality and most cost-effective legal services in an atmosphere emphasizing teamwork, creativity, responsiveness and diversity.

Our History

Founded as a three-lawyer shop in Manhattan in 1948, Skadden rose to prominence in the ’60s and ’70s by taking on the proxy fights and hostile tender offers that white-shoe law firms deemed “ungentlemanly.”  We leveraged our success in that area to build one of the world’s preeminent law firms, offering clients in every major international financial center solutions to the most challenging legal issues in virtually every area of corporate law.

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Our Rankings

LMG Life Sciences Rankings 2016

Skadden has been included in LMG Life Sciences' 2016 rankings of law firms as a leader in Patent Strategy and Management and Products Liability.

'BTI Client Service A-Team' Report 2017

Skadden has again been named among the top firms for delivering the best client service in the "BTI Client Service A-Team" report (November 2016). We also were named among "the best of the best" at providing value for the dollar. The report is based on over 330 interviews with legal decision-makers at organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue.

Option Droit & Affaires 2016 M&A Ranking

Skadden's French M&A team was awarded four stars out of five for a second year in a row in Option Droit & Affaires' annual M&A ranking (October 2016).

Financial Times 2016 European 'Innovative Lawyers' Report

Skadden was recognized in the Financial Times' 2016 European "Innovative Lawyers" report, receiving a Standout ranking (the highest) in the Innovation in Navigating Regulation category, a Highly Commended ranking in the Innovation in Mergers and Acquisitions category, and a Commended ranking in the Innovation in Social Responsibility category.


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