Frederic Depoortere is a partner at Skadden and is based in their Brussels office. He has more than 20 years of experience in merger control both in the EU and internationally. During his career, Frederic Depoortere has been involved in some of the most high-profile and complex merger control cases, including for clients such as Air Canada, Konecranes plc, Willis Towers Watson plc, NCR Corporation, Red Hat, Inc., Rockwell Collins, General Electric Company, Dupont, Merck and Nokia Corporation. He also deals with general EU competition law and compliance issues relating to cartels, vertical restraints and dominance. In 2021, Mr. Depoortere was named Competition Lawyer of the Year by Benchmark Litigation’s Europe Awards and also was named a Litigation Star for Belgium - Competition/Antitrust by the same publication. He also was named 2023 Lawyer of the Year for Competition/Antitrust Law in Brussels by Best Lawyers. He repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global and is highly regarded in Chambers Europe. Frederic Depoortere also repeatedly has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Competition and was named a 2022 Global Elite Thought Leader by the publication.

2023 Awards

2022 Awards


Nominee, 2019 Antitrust Writing Awards: Business, Procedure

Nominee, 2018 Antitrust Writing Awards: Business, Procedure

Nominee, 2017 Antitrust Writing Awards: Business, Mergers

Nominee, 2016 Antitrust Writing Awards: Business, Asian Antitrust

Nominee, 2014 Antitrust Writing Awards: Business, Mergers

Nominee, 2013 Antitrust Writing Awards: Business, Unilateral Conduct

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