Ashurst competition partner Ellison to join Mayer Brown

High-profile competition partner Julian Ellison has left Ashurst’s Brussels office to join Mayer Brown’s antitrust and competition team.

Ellison, who has been a partner at Ashurst since 1989 and headed the firm’s Brussels office for a number of years, will start his new role at Mayer Brown’s outpost in the Belgian capital on Monday (10 February).

It is thought that Ellison was approached by Mayer Brown, which is actively bulking up its competition offering in the region.

Kiran Desai, head of Mayer Brown’s Brussels office said: “Julian has a very impressive CV. He has experience of working on 10 phase two merger inquiries and cases before the European Commission, which is more than most- if not all antitrust partners – in Europe today.”

Ellison specialises in EU and UK competition law and has been involved in large number of merger cases, particularly in the transport, cartels, public procurement and state aid sectors.

He shares a number of client relationships with Mayer Brown, having worked for those including LG electronics and multinational chemicals group Ineos in the past.

His departure leaves Ashurst with 11 partners specializing in competition work in its Brussels office.

A spokesperson from Ashurst commented: “After 33 years at Ashurst, Julian has decided it time for a change and a new challenge. He is a very well regarded lawyer who has made a significant contribution to the Brussels office and our market leading EU and competition practice. We wish him well.”