Overview

Porter Elliott specialises in all aspects of competition law, with particular expertise in merger control proceedings.

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 cartel investigations, dominant market positions and the analysis of agreements under the EU competition rules.

His practice covers a range of industries, including aerospace, pharmaceuticals, mobile telephony, steel, forestry products and oil and gas.

Porter’s experience in EU merger control includes assisting the Japanese steel industry in its successful opposition to the 2010 joint venture between BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, which received the Global Competition Review Matter of the Year award in 2010. He also assisted Skype in obtaining the unconditional EU approval of its acquisition by Microsoft, which also received the Global Competition Review Matter of the Year award for Europe, this time in 2011. Porter 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.

Porter regularly lectures and writes on competition law matters with a particular emphasis on merger control law, and has conducted merger control training sessions for clients and/or national competition authorities in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. 

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 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 (Leading Lawyer) 

Education

  • University of Brussels (ULB), Master of Laws, 1997
  • University of Georgia School of Law, USA, J.D., 1996
  • University of Maryland, B.S., 1992

Publications

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

Authored the EU chapter in the Chambers Legal Practice Guide on Merger Control (Chambers & Partners Publishing, 2014).

Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis, Competition Law of the European Community (fifth edition, Kluwer, 2010), 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.

Publications and insights

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    • 11/02/2019
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    Porter Elliott and Johan Van Acker author chapter on “Merger control in the EU”

    Thomson Reuters have published their Practical Law guide on global merger control law, which features a chapter on “Merger control in the EU” authored by Van Bael & Bellis partners Porter Elliott and Johan Van Acker. This chapter answers the critical questions that typically arise in an EU merger control review with respect to the regulatory framework, jurisdictional thresholds, procedures and timetables, substantive test and remedies, amongst others. The chapter can be accessed here. Porter Elliott and Johan Van Acker are also the authors of the EU chapter of Merger Control: International Series, now in its third edition, for which Jean-François Bellis and Porter Elliott serve as General Editors. Jean-François Bellis and Porter Elliott are also the Contributing Editors of the 2019 Chambers Global Practice Guide for merger control.

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    • 04/12/2018
    • News

    Porter Elliott quoted by Global Competition Review on the European Commission’s opening of its second Phase II investigation in two days

    Van Bael & Bellis partner Porter Elliott was quoted by Global Competition Review in an article published on 30 November 2018. The article concerned the European Commission’s opening of an in-depth Phase II investigation into Luxembourg-based metal manufacturer Aperam’s proposed acquisition of rival German manufacturer VDM, the second Phase II investigation to be opened in two days and the eighth currently open – four of which are in the metal manufacturing sector. The GCR article is available here.

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