The Federal Communications Commission named a former Department of Justice official on Tuesday to oversee the agency's review of AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski appointed Renata Hesse, currently a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she focuses of antitrust issues. As senior counsel, Hesse (no relation to Sprint CEO and merger opponent Dan Hesse) will lead the FCC working team reviewing the $39 billion merger.
"Renata's wealth of legal expertise and experience is a welcome addition to the review team and I am thrilled that she will soon be joining us," Genachowski said in a statement. "Her leadership will help ensure that our review of this important transaction is fair, thorough and efficient."
Hesse's experience includes a stint at the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, which is also reviewing the deal and will be working with the FCC.