Van Bael & Bellis receives Global Competition Review Merger Control Matter of the Year Award
Van Bael & Bellis has received the 2012 Global Competition Review (GCR) Merger Control Matter of the Year Award – Europe for its involvement in the unconditional clearance by the European Commission of the Microsoft/Skype acquisition. Van Bael & Bellis partners Jean-François Bellis and Porter Elliott, senior associate Johan Van Acker and associate Sean Gerlich represented Skype. The GCR Awards were handed out on Tuesday, 27 March at the GCR Awards Dinner in Washington, DC.
This is the second straight year in which Van Bael & Bellis has won a GCR award for its merger control work. In 2011, Van Bael & Bellis won the award for M&A Transaction of the Year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa for its successful opposition efforts on behalf of the Japanese steel industry against the proposed $120 billion iron ore joint venture between BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.