Porter Elliot is well thought of among peers who laud his “excellent understanding of the EU Commission” and its processes.
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 was named Global Competition Review’s Matter of the Year in 2010. He also acted as lead counsel to Skype in the unconditional EU approval of its acquisition by Microsoft, which received the Global Competition Review Matter of the Year award for Europe in 2011. Recently, Porter acted as co-counsel to Halliburton in the context of its proposed $34.6 billion acquisition of Baker Hughes and advised Johnson Controls/Tyco on the EU aspects of the $2 billion sale of its Scott Safety business to 3M.
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 third edition, and the forthcoming edition of the Chambers Legal Practice Guide on Merger Control (Chambers and Partners). He is also 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 co-operation and frequently teaches on 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. 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).