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DOJ Antitrust Division Names New Deputy Assistant Attorney General

 |  January 29, 2020

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division today announced the appointment of Alexander Okuliar to serve as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General. He will be responsible for civil merger and conduct investigations and litigation.

“Alex has distinguished himself throughout his career in the government and in private practice,” said Assistant Attorney General Delrahim. “We are excited to welcome Alex back to the Division, where his elite antitrust experience will bolster the Front Office’s impressive ranks and help us fulfill our mission to protect American consumers.”

Alex’s 20-year career has taken him through tours at both federal antitrust agencies and the private sector. Most recently, Alex was a partner in the antitrust group of an international law firm where he represented clients in transactions and litigation, with an emphasis on matters involving technology, data, media, and finance. From 2012-2015, he was Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen of the Federal Trade Commission, where he advised the Commissioner on merger reviews, conduct investigations, and administrative litigation before the agency, as well as key privacy and competition policy developments around the world. Earlier, from 2010-2012, he was a Trial Attorney in the Technology and Financial Services Section (then-Networks & Technology Enforcement Section) of the Antitrust Division, where he led numerous investigations, including of the proposed (and subsequently abandoned) merger between the New York Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse.

Alex is a frequent writer and speaker on competition policy issues associated with technology, data, digital markets and innovation, as well as the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust. He is an active member of the antitrust bar and has served in leadership roles at both the ABA Antitrust Law Section and Federalist Society.  Alex received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and his B.S. in Economics and B.A. in History from the Wharton School and the College of Arts & Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania.