11. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Global heads: Shepard Goldfein, Steven C Sunshine, James S Venit, Simon Baxter
Home jurisdiction: United States
Total size of firm: 1,682
No. of competition specialists: 78
Percentage of competition specialists: 5
Who’s Who Legal nominees: 8
Partners: 22
Percentage of partners in Who’s Who Legal: 36
Senior associates: 17
Associates: 26
Counsel and consultants: 13
Other: 0
No. of lateral partner hires: 1
No. of partner departures: 0
No. of internal promotions: 1

Pozen joins one of the busiest and successful practices in the US. North American practice leader Steven C Sunshine’s name seems to turn up on a new, major antitrust matter on a weekly basis, while James S Venit and Simon Baxter lead an excellent group in Europe. In all, eight of the group’s 22 partners appear in Who’s Who Legal.

The team is regular outside antitrust counsel to several companies that, for one reason or another, find themselves in need of good advice – testament to Skadden’s considerable ability. The team is counsel to Sprint, helping the tele-coms company fight against the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, and advising it in its proposed tie-up with Japan’s SoftBank. Watson is another major client; Sunshine and the Skadden team have petitioned the US Supreme Court to take its case against the FTC and decide the legality of reverse-payment settlements once and for all. Skadden also helped clear Watson’s merger with rival Actavis with divestments.

But that’s only a sliver of what Skadden has done this past year. Clifford Aronson and Ian John not only helped Express Scripts close its deal with Medco, it successfully defended it against a preliminary injunction attempt from a group of pharmacy trade groups. It also advised HarperCollins in its settlement in the DoJ’s e-books investigation, and is currently handling the takeover of Grupo Modelo for client Anheuser-Busch InBev – a complex deal that has the DoJ’s full attention.