FCC Building. (Photo: Patrice Gilbert/ALM.)
With two megamergers pending, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced the legal teams that will review the $45 billion combination of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable and the $48 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and DirecTV Inc.
General Counsel Jonathan Sallet, a partner at O’Melveny & Myers before joining the agency in 2013, will chair the steering committee that will oversee both deals. The FCC evaluates telecom mergers to ensure that they are in the public interest.
Heading up the AT&T review is Jamillia Ferris, who is joining the agency from Hunton & Williams, where she was an antitrust and consumer protection partner. Before that, she was chief of staff to Justice Department Antitrust Division head William Baer.
Elizabeth Andrion will serve as her deputy. An FCC veteran now with the Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis, Andrion was previously chief counsel and senior legal adviser to former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. She’s also a former vice president of legal affairs for Fox Television Stations.
Arnold & Porter is serving at AT&T’s FCC regulatory counsel and Jones Day is antitrust counsel for DirecTV, according to affiliate publication The American Lawyer. Hillary Burchuk, a former DOJ Antitrust Division lawyer, will head the Comcast team and William Dever from the Wireline Competition bureau will be her deputy.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher is representing Comcast before the FCC.
The FCC merger review teams will report to Sallet’s steering committee, which also includes Media Bureau chief William Lake, International Bureau chief Mindel de la Torre, Wireline Competition Bureau chief Julie Veach and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau chief Roger Sherman.
Northwestern University professor William Rogerson will serve as senior economist reviewing both deals, and Shane Greenstein, also from Northwestern, will serve as the FCC’s senior economic consultant.
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