Executive Partner: Eric J Friedman
Number of partners worldwide: 350
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 1,400
Additional Offices: Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, Munich, Palo Alto, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington, DC, and Wilmington.
Serving clients in every major financial centre, Skadden is one of the world’s leading law firms, with 22 offices, more than 1,700 attorneys and 50-plus practice areas. The firm’s diversified practice enables it to offer solutions to the most challenging legal issues in virtually every area of corporate law, providing the specific legal advice clients need to compete most effectively in a global business environment. Skadden represents approximately 50% of the Fortune 250 industrial and service corporations, as well as financial and governmental entities; small, entrepreneurial companies; and cultural, educational and charitable institutions, advising on a wide variety of high-profile transactions, regulatory matters, and litigation and controversy issues.
Latin America Practice:
Skadden has had a dedicated Latin America Group since 1990, significantly longer than most major law firms. Its group has advised clients on a significant number of matters throughout the region, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, international banking matters, project financings, private equity transactions, restructurings, privatisations, and international arbitration and complex litigation matters.
The firm represents many major Latin American and international companies, investment banks and financial institutions, including underwriters and issuers, and individual directors and officers in some of the largest, most high-profile transactions and disputes in Latin America. Skadden’s attorneys utilise the firm’s experience in all practice areas — tax, governance, bankruptcy/restructuring, technology, intellectual property, arbitration/litigation, regulatory investigation and enforcement, structured finance, antitrust and real estate — to ensure the most cost-efficient representation of its clients.
Skadden has worked in more than 20 countries throughout the region, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Recognition in the Region:
Skadden’s work in Latin America has been recognised with numerous awards and rankings including:
■ Various 'Deal of the Year' awards from Latin Lawyer, LatinFinance and Bonds & Loans
■ Named a Law360 Practice Group of the Year for Capital Markets, Energy, International Arbitration, M&A, Securities and White Collar
■ Ranked in the top tier for Latin America-wide Banking & Finance by Chambers Global
■ Ranked as a leading law firm for corporate/M&A, capital markets, banking and finance, and international arbitration in Latin America, and as a leading law firm in Brazil for international capital markets and corporate/M&A by Chambers Latin America
■ Ranked as a leading law firm for corporate/M&A, capital markets, banking and finance, and international arbitration in Latin America, and as a leading law firm in Brazil for international capital markets and corporate/M&A by Chambers Latin America 2016
The firm’s attorneys have been recognised for work throughout the region, including in Latinvex’s 'Top Law Firms' survey, 'Top 100 Lawyers,' 'Top Female Lawyers' and 'Rising Legal Stars,' Latin Lawyer’s 'International Lawyers of the Year' and the New York Law Journal's 'Distinguished Leaders.'
Main Areas of Practice:
The experience of Skadden’s lawyers, the breadth of its practices and the geographic reach of its offices have enabled the firm to maintain a leadership position among global law firms handling corporate transactions. Skadden advises public and private companies, private equity firms and financial sponsors, investment banks, government entities, and other institutions and individuals in almost every type of transactional situation. Over the years, the firm has built on its corporate strengths in markets worldwide. Skadden’s attorneys continue to be innovators of key structural and tactical developments in many of the most complex, highstakes transactions.
Skadden attorneys have significant experience representing lenders and borrowers in some of the largest and most complicated financing transactions worldwide. The firm advises issuers and underwriters throughout Latin America on all varieties of public and private financings, including SEC-registered transactions, Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings and private placements of debt (including high-yield debt) and equity securities.
Energy & Infrastructure Projects:
With over 35 attorneys in its energy and infrastructure projects group and over 100 energy-focused attorneys, including attorneys who are fluent and regularly negotiate in Spanish and Portuguese, Skadden has been involved in every aspect of project development in Latin America, including planning, environmental permits, construction, operations, regulation and dispute resolution. The firm advises borrowers, commercial banks, insurance companies, investment and merchant banking firms, export credit agencies and multilateral institutional investors and other financing institutions, corporate lenders and venture capital investors in energy project financings.
Skadden attorneys understand that even the threat of a potential dispute can disrupt normal business activities, and that the outcome of a dispute may be vital to a company’s future. The firm’s lawyers pride themselves on their ability to provide the highest quality representation across a range of disputes disciplines, such as commercial and securities litigation, international arbitration, antitrust, patent and intellectual property litigation, products liability and consumer class actions, employment and tax controversy.
Other Areas of Practice:
Antitrust/competition, corporate restructuring, corporate governance, executive compensation and benefits, intellectual property and technology, investment management, labour and employment law, real estate, securities enforcement and compliance, structured finance and tax.