More than just a series of interesting surnames, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is a firm that knows a thing of two about corporate law. A major US law firm and one of the largest in the world, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom employs some 1,800 attorneys in about 40 different practice areas. It operates approximately 25 offices around the globe, from Boston to Beijing and from London to Los Angeles. The firm is best known for its work in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and corporate finance. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom was founded in 1948.
Over the years Skadden has grown organically rather than by merging with other firms. It primarily does so by hiring attorneys from other major law firms. In 2012 the firm found success after securing victories in three cases involving mortgage-backed securities.
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Skadden has worked for a number of FORTUNE 500 companies. High-profile clients have included JPMorgan Chase and State Farm, as well as Arcelor, Merrill Lynch, and Toshiba. It also serves financial and governmental entities, small companies, and nonprofits.
The New York office is the firm's largest, but offices outside the US have been growing faster. As part of its plan to expand outside the US, Skadden opened offices in Shanghai and São Paulo in 2008 -- giving the firm greater access to growing markets less affected by the economic downturn. – less