The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division has named Alexander Okuliar as deputy assistant attorney general, responsible for civil merger and conduct investigations and litigation.

With 20 years experience at both federal antitrust agencies and the private sector, Okuliar most recently served as a partner in the antitrust group of international law firm Orrick, 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 on merger reviews, conduct investigations, and administrative litigation before the agency, as well as key privacy and competition policy developments around the world.

Earlier in his career, Okuliar 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.