Porter Elliott is a partner in Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels office. He 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.
Porter’s experience in EU merger control includes leading the successful opposition to the 2010 joint venture between BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, which received the 2010 Global Competition Review Matter of the Year Award. He also acted as lead counsel to Skype in the unconditional EU approval of its acquisition by Microsoft, which received the 2011 Global Competition Review Matter of the Year Award for Europe. In 2015–2016, Porter is acting as co-counsel to Halliburton in the context of its proposed $34.6 billion acquisition of Baker Hughes.
His practice covers a range of industries, including aerospace, mobile telephony, pharmaceuticals, steel and telecommunications.
Porter is the co-editor of The European Lawyers' Reference Guide on Merger Control, now in its second edition, and the author of the EU chapter in the Chambers Legal Practice Guide on Merger Control (Chambers & Partners Publishing, 2014). In addition, he is a key contributor to Van Bael & Bellis’ leading treatise “Competition Law of the European Community”, now in its fifth edition and a standard work of reference in the field of EU competition law. In addition to speaking at major conferences, he lectures annually at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel's programme on international legal cooperation and frequently teaches in the Erasmus programme.
He is recognised as a leading expert in his field by all major legal directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers.
Porter completed his LLM at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). He completed his JD at the University of Georgia School of Law (US) and also holds a BS from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia (US).
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