USC Gould School of Law (Los Angeles)

Jonathan M. Barnett

USC Gould School of Law (Los Angeles)

Jonathan Barnett is a professor of law and the director of the law school’s Media, Entertainment and Technology Law Program at the University of South California (Gould School of Law) in Los Angeles ; and also the author of Innovators, Firms, and Markets : The Organizational Logic of Intellectual Property (Oxford University Press 2021). Barnett specializes in intellectual property, contracts, antitrust, and corporate law. Barnett has published in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Journal of Legal Studies, Review of Law & Economics, Journal of Corporation Law and other scholarly journals. He joined USC Law in fall 2006 and was a visiting professor at New York University School of Law in fall 2010. Prior to academia, Barnett practiced corporate law as a senior associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York, specializing in private equity and mergers and acquisitions transactions. He was also a visiting assistant professor at Fordham University School of Law in New York. A magna cum laude graduate of University of Pennsylvania, Barnett received a MPhil from Cambridge University and a JD from Yale Law School.


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Jonathan M. Barnett A major telecommunications company resolves to unwind a failed acquisition of a mass media and entertainment conglomerate, notwithstanding rulings greenlighting the merger at both District Court and Appeals Court level (AT&T / Time Warner)


This article has been nominated for the 2022 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. AT&T’s $102 billion acquisition of Time Warner in 2019 will go down in M&A history as an exceptionally illadvised transaction, resulting in the loss of (...)

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