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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

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Often considered the most recognizable law firm outside the legal industry, the firm is considered one of the most prestigious in the world, consistently ranking in the top five of Vault's annual list of the top law firms in the U.S.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

  1. 1. Law Firm ProfileSkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & AffiliatesBy Rebecca NeelyFounded in 1948 by Marshall Skadden, John Slate and Les Arps, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates is aprominent law firm based in New York City. With over 2,000 attorneys in 24 offices, it is one of the largest and highest grossing lawfirms in the world. Total employees number nearly 4,500.Skadden’s world headquarters are in the Condé Nast Building, has played a significant role in U.S. and international business.Times Square, New York The firm has participated in many notable deals and cases,Skadden is among the largest law firms in the U.S. in terms including the RJR Nabisco buyout, orchestrated by Kohlbergof revenue. In 1999, the firm became the first to exceed $1 Kravis Roberts & Co. It is the largest such deal in history,billion in annual revenue. adjusted for inflation. Partner Peter Atkins led the Skadden team, which advised the RJR board of directors as to theDespite its size, Skadden is known for its refusal to expand by financial soundness of the respective bids. Skadden’s fee atmergers with other law firms or large acquisitions of practice the time was reported to be $25 million.groups. The firm has never acquired a practice group largerthan six attorneys, in sharp contrast with rivals such as Baker The firm represented HealthSouth Corporation, based in& McKenzie, which has repeatedly absorbed local practices, Birmingham, Alabama, after the Securities and Exchangeand DLA Piper and Clifford Chance, which are the products of Commission charged former management of committinglarge mergers. fraud. Scott Simpson leads the European M&A division from London and has represented Gucci Group and Arcelor duringIn addition to its headquarters in New York, which is the their attempts to repel high-profile hostile takeovers. Gregorylargest single law office in the U.S., Skadden’s domestic Miao and Jon Christianson of the Hong Kong office led thepractice is well known in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, IPO of the China Construction Bank, the largest of 2005. TheWilmington and Washington, D.C., offices. The firm also has firm currently represents XM Satellite Radio Holdings, Inc., inhigh profile practices in London, Frankfurt, Munich, Tokyo, and its approximately $13 billion tax-free merger-of-equals withHong Kong. Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc. The firm represented Yahoo! in its proposed takeover by Microsoft.The firm’s most well known alumni include former New YorkGovernor Eliot Spitzer, Chelsea Football Club’s Chairman Bruce Unlike some firms which have introduced two-tier partnershipsBuck, and the late comedian Greg Giraldo. with equity and non-equity partners, Skadden maintains a one-tier partnership, in which all partners are equity partnersOften considered the most recognizable law firm outside and share ownership of the firm.the legal industry, the firm is considered one of the mostprestigious in the world, consistently ranking in the top five of Joseph H. Flom became the firm’s first associate in 1948.Vault’s annual list of the top law firms in the U.S. and boasting Of the firm’s five ‘’name’’ partners, Flom is the only one stillhighly competitive foreign practices. living. He is recognized as a pioneer in the field of mergers and acquisitions.Among Skadden’s main practice areas are mergers andacquisitions (M&A), litigation, securities law, taxation, Skadden has been the recipient of innumerable awards andand bankruptcy representation. Many Fortune 500 top 50 honors. These include Chambers and Partners selectingcompanies are, or have been, clients of Skadden. Skadden as the Global Corporate law Firm of the Year for 2006. In 2006, Corporate Board Member Magazine namedFamed for pioneering mergers and acquisitions and hostile Skadden the top corporate law firm in America, as selected bytakeovers in the American corporate environment, Skadden 1,390 directors of publicly traded companies.PAGE continued on back
  2. 2. Law Firm ProfileVault, Inc. ranked Skadden fourth on its ‘’Top 100 Most means and small non-profits. In addition, Skadden lawyersPrestigious Firms - 2008’’, a survey which asked law firm have been instrumental in the start-up of organizationsassociates to rank the prestige of various firms. created to provide legal services to those in need.In 2007, Skadden was ranked #9 on the Avery Index list of In addition to actual pro bono legal work, the firm’s lawyersthe Best Prestigious Law Firms to Work For. Skadden ranked have been active in a wide variety of charitable endeavors,first by volume and deal count in representing issuers of working with, sitting on boards of, and even running, manyU.S. High Yield Offerings, with 10 deals worth US$5 billion, types of civic, community, cultural, governmental, educationalaccording to Bloomberg’s Q3 2006 Legal Adviser League and medical organizations, a number of which seek to improveTables published in October 2006. the lives of the less fortunate.A commitment to public service has always been deeply The Skadden Fellowship Foundation was established in 1988,ingrained in the firm’s culture. In the mid-’80s, Skadden the same time as the firm’s 40th anniversary. The Foundationwas one of the first firms to have a senior lawyer devote a demonstrates the firm’s commitment to public interest work,substantial portion of his time to coordinating the firm’s pro which annually provides two-year fellowships to at leastbono efforts. The firm has always been a staunch supporter of 25 very talented young lawyers so that they may pursueThe Legal Aid Society in New York and similar organizations the practice of public interest law on a full-time basis. Thein other cities, providing both legal services and financial fellowship is considered the most prestigious public-interestsupport. The firm’s New York and Washington, D.C. offices grant in the U.S. and is highly sought after by graduates‘’lend’’ attorneys on a rotating basis to work full time for of top law schools. As of 2006, the firm had awarded 473groups providing free legal services to individuals of limited fellowships. PAGE