Makan Delrahim
United States

United States Department of Justice


Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division

Few government figures have influenced industry direction like Delrahim. Just months in, the assistant attorney general led DOJ’s lawsuit to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger. A federal judge rejected the government’s case, and prospects of an appeal may be a long shot. Still, the controversial decision to challenge the merger signaled a shift in antitrust strategy, insisting companies proposing problematic mergers shed assets rather than agree to abide a set of behavioral conditions. Walt Disney won sooner-than-expected approval of its acquisition of Fox’s assets by agreeing to sell off regional sports networks, which most concerned antitrust lawyers. Up next is a decision on lifting a 70-year-old restriction that prevents major studios from owning theaters.


  • White House, The
  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • Patton Boggs


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

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Senate Confirms Makan Delrahim as Antitrust Chief

Senate Confirms Makan Delrahim as Antitrust Chief

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Makan Delrahim to be assistant attorney general in charge of antitrust enforcement, with a number of major media mergers on the agenda.Delrahim was confirmed in a 73-21 vote on Wednesday afternoon.He will assume his post just as the division is reviewing AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner, a massive media deal that will indicate the direction that the Justice Department is taking in the Trump era when it comes the media consolidation. The Antitrust Division's...


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