Makan Delrahim
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United States

United States Department of Justice


Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division

Since Delrahim was tapped by President Trump to head the DOJ’s antitrust division in March 2017, he has been focused on bringing the department and the regulations it enforces into the 21st century. In August 2020, he won the department’s fight to terminate the Paramount Consent Decrees of 1948, restricting movie studio ownership of theaters, which was part of the DOJ’s review of nearly 800 such antitrust judgments dating back to the 1890s. Shortly thereafter, Delrahim announced a sweeping reorganization of his division that would, among other things, shift its telecommunications and broadband section’s concentration to the media, entertainment and telecommunications industries, while another of its six sections would focus full-time on technology markets and the competitive characteristics of platform business models.


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


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

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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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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