Beginning Next Week: InsideCounsel will become part of Corporate Counsel. Bringing these two industry-leading websites together will now give you comprehensive coverage of the full spectrum of issues affecting today's General Counsel at companies of all sizes. You will continue to receive expert analysis on key issues including corporate litigation, labor developments, tech initiatives and intellectual property, as well as Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) professional development content. Plus we'll be serving all ALM legal publications from one interconnected platform, powered by, giving you easy access to additional relevant content from other InsideCounsel sister publications.

To prevent a disruption in service, you will be automatically redirected to the new site next week. Thank you for being a valued InsideCounsel reader!


Skadden Arps leads list of 2012 M&A advisers

The firm handled $316 billion worth of deals last year, according to Thomson Reuters data

It’s the time of year for “best of” lists, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom topped Thomson Reuters’ list of law firms that advised on the highest-value mergers and acquisition deals in 2012.

Skadden snagged the top spot by advising on 200 deals worth a total of $316 billion, up from 2011 when it landed in the No. 6 spot with $233 billion of transactions. One of the firm’s most notable deals was the $56 billion acquisition of Russian oil company TNK-BP by the Rosneft Oil Co., according to data published by Thomson Reuters’ News & Insight unit.

Coming in behind Skadden was Simpson Thacher & Bartlett—last year’s top M&A adviser—which handled $281 billion worth of deals in 2012. Sullivan & Cromwell rounded out the top three with 120 transactions worth $275 billion.

Globally, 18 percent of deals involved companies in the energy and power sector; the healthcare and consumer staples sectors were also active last year.

For more law firm news on InsideCounsel, see:

Top 5 law firm holiday cards

Cross-border law firm mergers are up

Investors sue Cozen O’Connor, Blank Rome for $27 million

M&A partner leaves Cravath in rare move

Pillsbury, Dickenstein Shapiro in merger discussions

Percentage of women associates falling


Alanna Byrne

Bio and more articles

Join the Conversation

Advertisement. Closing in 15 seconds.