Fresh Prince wrote:WLRK: Repping targets on mega M&A
S&C: Mega M&A. Cap markets.
Cravath: mega M&A, litigation
DPW: cap markets, mega M&A, FIG
Skadden: mega M&A, cap markets, litigation
Cleary: mega M&A, cap markets
Simpson: mega PE deals,cap markets
Kirkland: middle market PE, bankruptcy, litigation, and IP
Covington: litigation, regulatory work (more?)
Paul Weiss: litigation, rising M&A and PE practice, growing IP practice
-Both Cravath and DPW also do a lot of banking/finance and representing underwriters (banks) in M&A deals. Probably the best firms for this.
FYI, Banking/Finance = S&C. There are a few definite hierarchies, but that's one of them. Some more off the top of my head include:
* FIG: S&C > DPW > ...
* M&A: WLRK > S&C > Cravath > Skadden > ...
* PE: STB > K&E > ...
* Bankruptcy: Weil > ...
I don't think it's a good idea to make lists regarding appellate, because more so than other practice areas, they're individual specific. For example, I'd say Bancroft is incredible because of Paul Clement and Viet Dinh, yet the whole firm is about 20 people. Same thing with GDC (Olsen/Estrada), Wilmer (Waxman), etc.