Overview

Porter Elliott specialises in all aspects of competition law, with particular expertise in merger control proceedings. He is a key member of Van Bael & Bellis’ exceptional EU competition team.

He has successfully represented clients in numerous complex cases before the European Commission, as well as national competition authorities in Europe and elsewhere. He also regularly counsels clients on matters involving dominant market positions and the analysis of agreements under the EU competition rules.

During his career, Porter has been involved in some of the most notable deals in the market. His extensive experience in EU merger control includes assisting the Japanese steel industry in its successful opposition to the joint venture between BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. He also assisted Skype in obtaining the unconditional EU approval of its acquisition by Microsoft. Both cases won GCR Matter of the Year awards. He also acted as co-counsel for Halliburton in the EU merger control filing and review of its proposed $34.6 billion acquisition of Baker Hughes, one of the largest and most complex transactions ever to be subject to an EU merger control proceeding. Recently, he has been involved in Boeing/Embraer, Fincantieri/Chantiers de l'Atlantique and Take-Two/Codemasters.

Porter has been recognised as a leading competition law expert by all major legal directories for several years, on the back of praise from both clients and peers. Clients praise his hard-working, results-oriented approach and describe him as ‘super-responsive, organised and thoughtful’ (Chambers & Partners). He is also highlighted for delivering results and explaining ‘complex nuances of EU competition law in a manner that clients can easily comprehend and use to effectively manage their business’ (Legal 500). He has received particular praise for his "excellent communication skills, presence and [...] willing[ness] to make the points strongly and in a very crisp manner in front of high-stakes audiences." Further, he has been named a "Thought Leader" by Who's Who Legal, where peers describe him as “an outstandingly good merger specialist, who knows the Commission well”.

Porter frequently conducts merger control training sessions for clients and national competition authorities in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. 

His practice covers a wide range of industries, including aerospace, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, steel, forestry products, shipbuilding, video games and oil and gas.

Languages

English

Recommendations

  • Chambers Global and Chambers Europe for Competition Law
  • Chambers Europe – ‘Leaders In Their Field’ (Competition/European Law)
  • Legal 500 for Competition Law
  • Who’s Who Legal – Global Leader for Competition
  • Expert Guides – Competition and Antitrust 
  • Best Lawyers – Competition/Antitrust Law 
  • Leaders League for Competition Law
  • PLC for EU Competition Law
  • IFLR1000 – Competition Law (Highly regarded) 

Education

  • University of Brussels (VUB), LL.M., 1997
  • University of Georgia School of Law, USA, J.D., 1996
  • University of Maryland, B.S., 1992

Publications

Co-editor of The European Lawyers' Reference Guide on Merger Control, now in its 3rd edition.

Editor of the Chambers Legal Practice Guide on Merger Control (Chambers & Partners Publishing, 2014-2020).

Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis, Competition Law of the European Union (sixth edition, Kluwer, 2020), the standard work of reference in the field of EU competition law.

Regular contributor to the Van Bael & Bellis newsletter on Competition Law.

From 1995 to 1996: Editor-in-Chief of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Events

In addition to speaking at major conferences, Porter Elliott lectures annually at the University of Brussels’ Programme on International Legal Cooperation.

Bar Admissions

Georgia, USA
Brussels

Expertise

Notable assignments

  • Acting as co-lead ‎counsel for Halliburton in the EU merger control filing and review of its proposed $34.6 billion acquisition of Baker Hughes in 2015-16, one of the largest and most complex transactions ever to be subject to an EU merger control proceeding.

  • Representing Skype in the EU merger control review of Microsoft’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype. The transaction was unconditionally approved by the European Commission after a first phase review, which was upheld on appeal.

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