Alex Okuliar is co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Antitrust Law Practice Group. A former Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) official, Alex draws on two decades of experience with mergers, government investigations, and litigation to represent clients in high-profile and high-stakes antitrust matters.
From 2020 to 2021, Alex served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement in the DOJ Antitrust Division. In this role, he supervised more than 150 attorneys and staff responsible for merger and conduct investigations and enforcement actions across a range of industries. His most notable public investigations and actions include the agency’s review of digital platforms, its landmark monopolization case against Google, and the creation of the Civil Conduct Task Force. He also oversaw numerous merger investigations, including the $180 billion merger of United Technologies and Raytheon, Waste Management’s $4.6 billion acquisition of Advanced Disposal Services, Liberty Latin America’s $1.95 billion purchase of AT&T’s Puerto Rico wireless and wireline business, and Google’s $2 billion acquisition of Fitbit.
Earlier in his career, Alex served as an attorney advisor to an FTC Commissioner and a trial attorney in the Networks & Technology Enforcement Section of the DOJ Antitrust Division.
Before his service as a DOJ Deputy AAG, Alex was a partner at another leading international firm. Alex regularly represents clients before federal, state, and foreign authorities in connection with government investigations of conduct and mergers. He also has extensive experience litigating antitrust disputes, particularly those related to conduct involving technology companies and issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property. Alex also regularly represents clients advocating on antitrust and competition enforcement policy issues.
Alex has been frequently acknowledged for the quality of his work and client service. Recognitions include the following:
Alex is also active in the bar. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Joint Conduct Committee of the ABA Antitrust Law Section and is the former co-chair of the Section’s Intellectual Property Committee. He writes and speaks frequently on important issues relating to technology and antitrust enforcement.
Alex received his B.S. in economics and B.A. with distinction in history from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Before law school, Alex co-founded and sold an online technology company.
Advised Schlumberger on the creation of a global oil field services technology joint ventures with Rockwell Automation, Sensia.
Represented Microsoft in its $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub, a collaborative application system.
Advised Superior Plus on its $900 million acquisition of NGL’s U.S. propane retail business.
Advised Nova Chemicals on its joint venture with Borealis and Total to build a $1.7 billion ethylene cracker and a polyethylene plant in Texas.
Represented Cisco in its $610 million acquisition of Viptela, a privately held software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) company.
Advised Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Co., a major Japanese pharmaceutical company, on its $250 million acquisition of Neurovance, a privately held clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapies for ADHD and related disorders.
Represented Planet Labs, an earth-imaging satellite company, in its acquisition of Google’s Terra Bella Technologies business.
Advised Nodal Exchange Holdings, a leading energy derivatives exchange, on its acquisition by EEX, part of the Deutsche Boerse Group.
Advised Marubeni Corp., a major Japanese trading company, on its acquisition of Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, a top supplier of USDA-certified beef and pork products.
Advised Apigee, a cloud-computing company, in its $625 million sale to Google.
Represented VTech in the FTC investigation of its acquisition of Leapfrog.
Represented AVG Technologies in its $1.3 billion sale to Avast Software, maker of antivirus and security software.
Represented a private equity fund in its acquisition of a plastics distributor.
(2020) Senior Division official overseeing the DOJ team representing the United States in its landmark monopolization case against a leading online search engine.
(2019–2020) Represented online streaming service in its counterclaim alleging anticompetitive activity in connection with copyright lawsuit by television networks.
Represented international air cargo defendant against alleged price-fixing.
Represented international air carrier in defense of civil action alleging price-fixing of passenger airfares.
Represented major credit card issuer against claims of group boycott.
Who’s Who Legal: Competition (2017-2018)
Who’s Who Legal: Competition (2019-2020)
Global Competition Review (2020)
Chambers USA (2018-2020)
Chambers USA (2018-2020)
Legal 500 US (2017-2020)
Legal 500 US (2019-2020)