Makan Delrahim
United States
2019

United States Department of Justice

Makan
Delrahim

Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division

As head of the DOJ’s antitrust arm, Delhrahim has not been the rubber stamp of approval some might’ve expected in the business-friendly Trump era. Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox closed in March only after the latter had to divest its 22 regional sports networks, and the $26 billion T-Mobile/Sprint merger didn’t get the greenlight in July until moves were made to allow for viable competitors. Over the past year, the department has reached settlements with 101 companies after requiring them to stop sharing competitively sensitive information in the broadcast TV advertising space, and it recently opened a broad inquiry into the dominance of market-leading online platforms. It’s currently wrapping up its review of the 1948 consent decrees governing movie-studio ownership of theaters.

Career

  • White House, The
  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
  • Patton Boggs (DEFUNCT)

Education

  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)
  • George Washington University (DC, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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DOJ Asks to Appear at Key Hearing in WGA/Agency Legal Fight

DOJ Asks to Appear at Key Hearing in WGA/Agency Legal Fight

The Department of Justice wants to make arguments at a Dec. 6 hearing in a antitrust lawsuit between the three major talent agencies and the Writers Guild of America.The WGA has filed a motion to dismiss the agencies' lawsuit on the grounds that, as a labor union, it is exempt from antitrust scrutiny. U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte is expected to consider that motion at the Dec. 6 hearing.The DOJ's Antitrust Division intervened in the case on Tuesday, filing a...

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