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Executive Partner: Eric J Friedman

Firm Overview:

With offices in London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and Munich, Skadden operates an integrated European practice that handles substantial cross-border matters and domestic transactions throughout the greater European region.

Main Areas of Practice:

Mergers & Acquisitions:

Skadden has one of the most successful mergers and acquisitions practices in Europe. The firm has significant cross-border and domestic M&A capabilities and unrivalled experience in structuring and executing complex cross-border transactions throughout its network of European offices, in particular those involving multiple jurisdictions and those of a hostile nature.

Private Equity:

Skadden advises private equity firms on the structuring and execution of large, cross-border and domestic private equity transactions, including the purchase and sale of portfolio companies. The firm combines leading transactional experience with sophisticated financing and tax techniques in relation to a range of matters including leveraged buyouts, management buyouts and recapitalisations.

Capital Markets:

Skadden’s European capital markets group advises corporate, governmental and investment banking clients on a variety of capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, high yield financings, offerings of regulatory capital and other hybrid securities, and other global equity and debt offerings.

EMEA Banking:

The European banking group comprises experienced finance lawyers familiar with all aspects of leveraged and project finance as well as restructurings (stressed and voluntary). The practice is headquartered in the London office — where the team advises on English banking law matters in all countries across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Corporate Restructuring:

The firm regularly advises European enterprises in cross-border out-of-court restructurings and prenegotiated plans of reorganisation, judicial, insolvency restructuring transactions and bankruptcy proceedings. The firm’s lawyers have participated in many of the most complex restructuring transactions of the last decade and have been instrumental in the development of sophisticated, innovative strategies.

Investment Management:

Skadden’s London-based European investment management group is a multi-disciplinary team that focuses on all aspects of private capital and asset management activities. Its core expertise lies in the structuring, establishment and operation of a wide variety of pooled capital enterprises, such as general private equity funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds, investment clubs and managed accounts.

International Arbitration/Litigation:

The European international arbitration and litigation group provides legal advice and representation on international commercial disputes for multinational companies and major institutions, particularly in the commercial, telecoms, energy and financial services fields. The firm’s practice also encompasses mediation, conciliation and the representation of clients before the English courts.


Through a combination of the firm’s tax lawyers resident in London, Frankfurt and Paris, and carefully chosen strategic alliances and contacts throughout Europe, Skadden offers tax advice across a wide range of corporate and financing transactions. In addition to providing tax advice within particular jurisdictions, its lawyers have considerable experience in strategic tax planning and tax implementation issues.

White Collar Crime & Government Enforcement:

Skadden’s white collar crime and government enforcement group provides wide-ranging advice and representation to corporations and individuals involved in cross-border regulatory investigations and disputes.

European Union & International Competition:

The EU and international competition practice represents clients on a full range of competition law issues raised in the context of multinational M&A and other transaction structures, investigations of cartels, abuses of dominant positions and other anti-competitive conduct issues under EU Merger Regulations.

Financial Services:

The European financial regulatory practice works closely with Skadden’s investment management, M&A, capital markets, banking, and government enforcement and white collar crime practices on a range of matters. The group also gives free-standing regulatory advice, on both UK domestic and cross-border issues, to a broad range of clients.

Labour & Employment:

Skadden’s labour and employment practice advises businesses and senior executives on a wide range of employment matters.

Insurance Transactions:

Skadden represents insurance and reinsurance companies and their financial advisors and underwriters in a wide variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings, restructurings and reorganisations.