Makan Delrahim, former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division, advises clients on high-stakes mergers and acquisitions, government investigations, and crisis management.

Mr. Delrahim draws on more than a decade of senior-level government experience in both the executive and legislative branches to help clients skillfully navigate:

  • Merger control procedures
  • Complex commercial transactions
  • Regulatory and government compliance issues
  • Government investigations and congressional inquiries
  • High-stakes litigation

He combines a sophisticated understanding of technical legal issues as well as a seasoned familiarity with the political and regulatory landscape to provide clients accessible, practical advice. As a respected thought leader on the interplay of antitrust, private equity, and emerging technologies including digital media, machine learning, and blockchain, he helps executives diffuse contentious situations and make strategic business decisions, particularly in industries with dynamic international markets.

Government Service and Academia

As Assistant Attorney General at the DOJ, Mr. Delrahim oversaw the review and resolution of hundreds of mergers and acquisitions, as well as more than 100 criminal investigations and indictments. He played a vital role in building the Antitrust Division’s engagement with its international counterparts. He garnered considerable media coverage and is recognized as one of the most transformative and effective leaders of the division for his work related to entertainment, sports, and media.

He previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division overseeing International and Appellate (2003–2005), as a Commissioner on the Antitrust Modernization Commission (2004–2007), and as antitrust counsel and later as Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel of the US Senate Judiciary Committee (1998–2003).

Mr. Delrahim currently teaches the course, “M&A Transactions and the Role of Governments,” as an Adjunct Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and as Chairman of the International Competition Network’s Merger Working Group.

Mr. Delrahim’s experience includes representing:

  • A global entertainment company in obtaining antitrust and competition clearances in multiple jurisdictions for a US$21 billion merger
  • A national security firm in its merger clearance strategy, and subsequent litigation defense against the US DOJ in connection with its proposed sale; Latham took the matter from complaint through trial in less than three months, allowing a same-year deal closing
  • Several leading global private equity firms in multiple merger transactions on both buy and sell side
  • A leading global fund on a high-profile sports transaction
  • A leading esports league in a DOJ investigation
  • A leading investment fund in obtaining global merger and national security clearances in multiple jurisdictions for a multi-billion dollar acquisition of a global specialty chemical and ingredients business

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • District of Columbia


  • MS in Biotechnology, Johns Hopkins University, 2002
  • JD, George Washington University Law School, 1995
    with high honors
  • BS, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991