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

Corporate/M&A (International & Cross-Border)

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What the team is known for

A premium global practice which has built widespread coverage and expertise across regions and areas of law on the foundation of its longstanding, market-leading reputation for US law advice. Strength in depth across the firm's UK and European teams across transactional and contentious areas make the firm a leading choice for sophisticated transatlantic matters. An excellent presence in key Asian markets, plus a São Paulo office, also boosts the firm’s global offering. The firm is a dominant force on international M&A, finance and energy transactions. It also regularly navigates clients through cross-border disputes, investigations and arbitration as coordinating counsel.

For global M&A work, the firm enjoys a robust reputation across the USA and in key global money centres, which is reflected in its impressive book of clients. It regularly acts as global deal counsel for multinational corporates, including pharmaceutical, technology and energy companies, and financial institutions. The USA continues to be the firm’s primary driver of substantial cross-border M&A and frequently coordinates the firm's overseas offices or with external counsel abroad in cross-border deals. The combination of Skadden's offices in New York and London is often praised, while the firm's West Coast teams regularly collaborate with Skadden's excellent teams in Asia.


The firm's clients value its US teams' ability in liaising with foreign counsel, with sources picking out positive experiences on Chinese aspects of deals. One comments: "Skadden was able to coordinate effectively with local counsel in China," while another says: "It coordinated well with local counsel in other jurisdictions. It also had expertise in-house in China."

A European client rates the firm highly for transactions involving the US as well as Japan, describing the team as "excellent."

It also attracts praise from a large US corporate client, who says: "Skadden is top-tier for large M&A, with excellent global scope, providing top-notch M&A advice."

Foreign desks

Skadden is a go-to firm for Latin American transactions. Paola Lozano in New York is a key contact.

Notable practitioners

Brian McCarthy offers top-flight representation to a client base consisting of major investment banks and corporate entities in connection with M&A, corporate governance and financings. Market sources report: "Brian has vast experience and can tell us where the market is and suggest alternative solutions. He's a very good counsellor in terms of advising on the cadence of the deal."

Charles Mulaney is identified by market sources as "a leading light around town" and is active on some of the largest transactions in the space. He regularly advises on multibillion-dollar acquisitions. An interviewee enthuses: "I would say he's the finest corporate/M&A attorney I've ever come across - I don't mean in Chicago, I mean period."

Eric Cochran receives praise for his solid handling of M&A, securities issues and general corporate matters. Clients highlight his "breadth of experience in a number of different areas" as a key strength.

Graham Robinson is well regarded in the field for his expertise in a broad range of corporate matters. He offers notable experience representing companies in the pharmaceutical sector. Commentators state: "He's absolutely first rate. He is extremely experienced, a great communicator, gets directly to issues and is a real pleasure to work with."

Howard Ellin operates a respected corporate practice that sees him routinely engaged in high-stakes M&A, securities matters and private equity transactions. A client says: "He's an extremely seasoned lawyer who is able to help me understand our options and formulate a strategy to achieve our goals in an effective manner."

Jeffrey Cohen is known to his clients as a "very strong, smart lawyer." He heads Skadden's corporate group in Los Angeles and serves as an adviser to private equity funds and companies in major transactions across a great many industries. A source says: "He is always very responsive, hard-working and hands-on."

Joseph Coco is well thought of for his corporate practice which incorporates expertise in M&A, financings and securities matters. His broad industry focus includes expertise in healthcare and financial services deals.

Kenton King is universally viewed as a luminary of the corporate market. A roster of household-name clients seek out his expertise in high-end M&A, particularly those in the technology space. Clients report: "He has a wonderful legal mind and an invaluable wealth of knowledge and experience."

Michael Ringler operates a highly respected corporate practice which encompasses expertise in complex M&A, joint ventures and divestitures, as well as experience in proxy contests and hostile takeovers. He is particularly active in technology transactions.

Paola Lozano is "outstanding, she is very proactive," reports one source. She co-chairs the Latin America group at the firm and handles complex transactional matters.

Paul Schnell is a significant presence in the New York corporate market, and maintains an exemplary reputation in thanks to his track record acting on transformative deals. Clients note that he has "seen it all and doesn't get fazed very easily."

Senior statesperson Peter Allan Atkins is deeply experienced in a broad range of transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and buyouts. He has long offered leading counsel to clients in the energy, media and insurance spaces, among others.

Stephen Arcano is global head of the firm's transactions practice, and is sought after by major corporates and financial institutions to assist with heavyweight M&A, securities issues and governance matters. Sources describe him as "a great M&A lawyer."

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Paola Lozano
Foreign expert for Latin America-Wide
Paul Schnell
Foreign expert for Brazil, Foreign expert for Latin America-Wide

Corporate/M&A (International & Cross-Border)

Brian J McCarthy
Band 2
Charles W Mulaney Jr
Band 1
Eric L Cochran
Band 4
Graham Robinson
Band 4