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DPW v. Skadden

Davis Polk NY
18
69%
Skadden DC
8
31%
 
Total votes: 26

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Davis Polk NY v. Skadden DC

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:35 pm

I want to do M&A. Concerns in order of importance:

Location (DC preference)
Exit Options (In-house preferred)
Quality of life
Quality of the work

I eventually want to go in house after a few years. I also think Skadden might be more of a lifestyle firm by virtue of the DC culture, but feel free to correct me. Very strong preference for the DC market, but I think DPW might be better for my long term goals even though I don't really want to be in NY. I am also worried of getting no offered or pigeonholed at Skadden because the transactional market in DC is limited and they only have around 8 M&A associates. Also, I'm more of an introvert, so DPW's culture appeals to me more on paper, but I liked the people at both firms equally when I went to visit, and I think I could deal with Skadden's fratty rep. Not sure if Skadden's fratty rep applies to the DC office, or just the NYC office.

I am leaning towards Skadden, but looking for some advice!

Side note: thinking about splitting if possible, and I also have an offer from Skadden NY that I have pretty much written off.

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Re: Davis Polk NY v. Skadden DC

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:14 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I want to do M&A. Concerns in order of importance:

Location (DC preference)
Exit Options (In-house preferred)
Quality of life
Quality of the work

I eventually want to go in house after a few years. I also think Skadden might be more of a lifestyle firm by virtue of the DC culture, but feel free to correct me. Very strong preference for the DC market, but I think DPW might be better for my long term goals even though I don't really want to be in NY. I am also worried of getting no offered or pigeonholed at Skadden because the transactional market in DC is limited and they only have around 8 M&A associates. Also, I'm more of an introvert, so DPW's culture appeals to me more on paper, but I liked the people at both firms equally when I went to visit, and I think I could deal with Skadden's fratty rep. Not sure if Skadden's fratty rep applies to the DC office, or just the NYC office.

I am leaning towards Skadden, but looking for some advice!

Side note: thinking about splitting if possible, and I also have an offer from Skadden NY that I have pretty much written off.


It really sounds like you should do Skadden DC. If that's where you'd rather be plus you care about quality of life I really think that wins. Skadden DC seems like an awesome office.

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Re: Davis Polk NY v. Skadden DC

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:19 pm

Will you work for Skadden NY partners? Lifestyle may be no different. Just food for thought.

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Re: Davis Polk NY v. Skadden DC

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:00 am

DC.

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Re: Davis Polk NY v. Skadden DC

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:05 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Will you work for Skadden NY partners? Lifestyle may be no different. Just food for thought.


OP here: I met with one junior and they said they did exclusively work for DC partners. The the midlevels I spoke to said there was a lot of collaboration between the offices / traveling to NY.

If I want to transition in house, is DPW the better choice

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Re: Davis Polk NY v. Skadden DC

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:13 pm

I can't offer much, but I imagine working for NY partners would lead to NY hours and expectations.... I don't see why they would treat you better than their their own NY associates, but just a thought.

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Re: Davis Polk NY v. Skadden DC

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:30 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I can't offer much, but I imagine working for NY partners would lead to NY hours and expectations.... I don't see why they would treat you better than their their own NY associates, but just a thought.


I mean I'm also wondering about exit options. Is there a significant difference between the two firms?



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