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Skadden has been named a Firm of the Year for 2016 by Law360. We earned the designation by tying with one other firm for the most 2016 Practice Group of the Year awards received out of a total of 80 law firms. Skadden was honored with Practice Group of the Year awards in seven areas: Bankruptcy, Capital Markets, International Arbitration, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate, Sports and Tax.
According to statistics from Lex Machina, a provider of law firm data analytics, Skadden resolved more federal securities cases as defense counsel in 2016 than any other law firm.
Skadden has been included in LMG Life Sciences' 2016 rankings of law firms as a leader in Patent Strategy and Management and Products Liability.
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).
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.
Skadden was once again named as having one of the top three practices worldwide in Global Investigations Review's "GIR 30," a ranking of leading firms handling internal and government-led investigations.
Skadden's U.K. mergers and acquisitions practice was ranked in Tier 1 for M&A: Upper Mid-Market and Premium Deals, £250m+ by The Legal 500 UK (September 14, 2016). This was the first time The Legal 500 UK ranked a non-U.K. firm in its top tier for M&A work, and this was the second major U.K. directory to put Skadden in the top tier for M&A. The Legal 500 UK also ranked Skadden in Tier 1 for Corporate Crime and International Arbitration.
For the sixth consecutive time, Skadden was named a member of the "Fearsome Foursome" — the four elite law firm litigation practices that general counsel would "least want to face across the table in litigation" — in a survey of more than 300 corporate counsel at the world's largest companies published by The BTI Consulting Group (September 2016). The "Litigation Outlook 2017" survey also noted Skadden as a "powerhouse" in BTI's Securities and Finance Litigation category for the sixth time in a row. Skadden is the only firm named to both lists in every edition of the report.
Skadden was named a Chairman's Club law firm — part of the "dominant tier in sports law" — in the SportsBusiness Journal's "Power Players: Outside Counsel" feature.