FCC names senior counsel to oversee AT&T review

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission has appointed a partner in the Washington law office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to oversee its review of AT&T Inc.’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has named Renata Hesse as senior counsel to the chairman for transactions. In that role, she will head the working team conducting the agency’s review of the $39 billion cash-and-stock deal.

Hesse previously served as an official in the antitrust division of the Justice Department, where she was involved in litigation with Oracle Corp. over its proposed acquisition of PeopleSoft and other big technology cases.

AT&T, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, is seeking FCC and Justice Department approval to acquire T-Mobile USA, the fourth-largest, from Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG.

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