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

Private Wealth Law Department

New York
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The private client team at Skadden are lauded for being a "very strong group" and recognised as "a true trust and estate powerhouse for New York and international clients." With the ability to provide a broad range of estate and tax planning services, a market insider remarks that "they are an excellent practice with real structural cohesion."

New York advisers recognise the firm as a leading name in the area of private wealth law, with one highlighting that "they are well known for this and are a really capable firm for trust and estate work." Another adviser remarks that the firm has "fabulous lawyers with a very strong team behind them." It also provides in-depth advice on charitable giving and tax-related disputes. "They are a very strong group of lawyers and they always handle things in an effective manner," reports a wealth insider.

Notable practitioners

Market sources are quick to point out that
Amy Erenrich Heller
is "a total star" and "one of the smartest lawyers doing this at the present moment." She provides the full spectrum of trust and estate advice and is also an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Law. "She is fantastic and a leader within ACTEC; she is the future of the practice area in terms of leading American lawyers," comments one legal insider, while another interviewee reports: "She is very bright, very easy and cooperative to work with. She's got a lot of experience with sophisticated clients." She handles both domestic and cross-border matters, with a wealth adviser remarking that she has "an excellent reputation internationally."

Arlene Newton
is counsel at the firm and advises high net worth clients on estate and tax planning matters. "She's fantastic - she is very smart, very knowledgeable and a real hard worker," reports one industry source, while another interviewee states: "She has a strong reputation and is really one to watch."

Ivan Taback
is co-chair of the firm's private client group and is praised by a peer for being "a very, very solid practitioner." The peer continues: "He's a thoughtful and careful practitioner. He has type of personalty that is suited to our business and is a good combination of technical and interpersonal skills. He is the whole package." He focuses his practice on estate, gift and generation-skipping tax matters, with one market insider calling him "a real craftsman." Another legal source states: "He gives very clear advice and is known for his ability to manage large matters and direct all relevant parties in order to do what is best for the client."