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Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for

Highly rated corporate group which frequently advises a broad spectrum of private and public companies, financial institutions and specialist investors on corporate law issues. Leverages the firm's formidable national and international resources to expertly handle the most complex transactional matters, including considerable skill in cross-border M&A work. Areas of additional strength include joint ventures, hostile transactions and corporate restructuring matters.

Strengths

"They're a machine in terms of turning things out in these high-pressure arrangements, when you don't have time for people to learn on the job," report clients.

One source adds: "I would have to say that their team was superb, they surpassed my expectations - which were exceptionally high. There were no holes in the team, they had it covered and they had us covered 24/7."

Another client says: "They had really comprehensive understanding of public M&A, but also very strong lawyering skills. I had a great deal of respect for the quality of the lawyering and the advice, which was definitive and not equivocal."

"From a client's perspective, they're very helpful and easy to understand - they know what are the most important issues a company and CEO should worry about," add sources.

Work highlights

Advised Gilead Sciences in its $5.1 billion transaction with Galapagos NV, involving a ten-year global research development collaboration and equity investment in Galapagos.

Notable practitioners

Graham Robinson is widely acknowledged as one of the region's leading lights for corporate law matters, born out of his outstanding track record in highly complex M&A work, including hostile transactions. He has a particularly strong reputation in the pharmaceuticals and wider life sciences sector.
"He advises in a scope far broader and takes into account more business considerations than most attorneys would. He's also incredibly helpful on a management level - he's the guy with the calm, authoritative voice who has the answer for you." "He is exceptional. He applies his knowledge to practical advice. He knows all of the case law and uses that knowledge to inform corporate decision making and strategy."

Laura Knoll enjoys a burgeoning reputation for her corporate practice, which includes significant strength in matters arising in the life sciences sector. Clients call upon her to advise on issues ranging over M&A, shareholder activism, securities law and wider corporate governance issues.
"She's utterly meticulous and amazingly hard-working. She reads everything, catches every tiny bit and thinks through every issue." "An incredibly thorough and professional attorney. She doesn't make mistakes and doesn't get flustered." "Her understanding of the law, her responsiveness and her ability to marshal the resources of the firm was really outstanding."

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Overview

Skadden is a global leader among law firms involved in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. The transactional experience of Skadden’s lawyers, the breadth of our practice and the geographical reach of our offices worldwide have allowed us to maintain our leadership position, representing a broad array of public and private companies, private equity firms and financial sponsors, investment banks, governmental entities, and other institutions and individuals in almost every type of M&A situation.

We recognize that every transaction, regardless of size, is important to our clients. While we advise many of the world’s largest companies, investment banks and other regular participants in the M&A market — often on their most high-profile transactions — Skadden also represents numerous smaller clients that are not regularly engaged in M&A transactions. Our lawyers strive to bring the same practical approach, creativity and commitment to excellence to each matter in which we are engaged.

Corporate/M&A

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

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500 Boylston Street

Boston

Massachusetts

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MA 02116

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Corporate/M&A


Graham Robinson
Band 1
Laura P Knoll
Up and Coming