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Higher Filing Thresholds for HSR Act Premerger Notifications and Interlocking Directorates Announced

1. Higher Thresholds For HSR Filings - On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission announced revised, higher thresholds for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The...more

Federal Trade Commission Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds

As it does every year at this time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) jurisdictional thresholds for the upcoming year. The FTC is required by law to revise the filing thresholds...more

"Revised HSR Thresholds Announced"

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

Annual HSR Threshold Adjustments Announced

FTC adjusts the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act size thresholds, inter alia, to raise the minimum size for reportable acquisitions to $80.8 million. On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission announced new jurisdictional...more

Antitrust Enforcers At It Again: More HSR Actions Against Individuals Announced

In a trend that is sure to continue no matter the policy leanings of the incoming Trump administration, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that it has obtained nearly $1 million in civil penalties for two...more

FTC Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds; Minimum Size for Reportable Transactions Increases to $80.8 Million

Key Points - - The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 requires parties to transactions meeting certain size and other tests to file premerger notification forms with both the Federal Trade...more

DAMITT 2016 Year in Review: Significant Antitrust Merger Investigations Longer Than Ever; Deal Agreements Reflect Expected Delays

Fast Facts - Significant merger investigations lasted an average of 9.9 months in 2016, a new DAMITT record. - The 33 significant investigations in 2016 were the second most in the past six years, but down...more

HSR Act Violations Continue Trend of Heightened Enforcement, Increased Fines in 2016

The past year was a challenging one for investors purchasing voting securities in public corporations with respect to compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act....more

Change in Shareholder Approval Requirements for Certain TSX-V-Listed Issuers Undertaking a Change of Business or Reverse Takeover

On December 15, 2016, the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) published amended Policy 5.2 – Changes of Business and Reverse Takeovers of the TSX Venture Exchange Corporate Finance Manual (Policy 5.2). The amendments to Policy 5.2...more

China’s MOFCOM Announces First-Ever Gun-Jumping Penalty in a Transaction Not Involving a Chinese Company

MOFCOM continues efforts to increase enforcement of its merger notification requirements, despite very limited penalty options. On January 4, 2016, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced that it had fined...more

2016 Antitrust Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present its 2016 Antitrust Year in Review. In this report, we summarize the most significant antitrust matters and developments of the past year. We begin with a look at the...more

Anthem and Aetna Merger Trials Begin

While the election of Donald Trump as the nation's next president is clearly the biggest news in Washington over the last two months, for the insurance industry, big news has also been made at the federal district courthouse....more

General Court Annuls Fine in Envelope Cartel Settlement

First successful appeal against an EU settlement decision in a cartel case may have broader implications for the settlement process. On 13 December 2016, the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union...more

UK Competition Authority Secures Disqualification of Director for Five Years

On 1 December 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had secured its first disqualification of a director of a company found to have infringed competition law. Background - Daniel...more

The AT&T-Time Warner Merger and a Hart-Scott-Rodino Update

Updates and speculation regarding the forthcoming merger between AT&T and Time Warner have dominated the recent news cycle. Many pundits and business professionals have debated whether a vertical merger of such magnitude will...more

The CMA obtains its first disqualification undertaking from a director for competition law infringement

Businesses that breach competition law can face serious financial and reputational consequences. Certain serious breaches of competition law may also put individuals at risk of criminal prosecution. In addition, the CMA may...more

Director liability for competition law breaches - the CMA's first UK director disqualification

Financial penalties being imposed on companies for breaches of competition law are well known, particularly because of the very significant amounts involved. However, fines are only one aspect. In the UK, along with lots of...more

December Antitrust Bulletin

On Nov. 1, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release announcing that the FTC and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Antitrust Division are seeking public comment on proposed Antitrust Guidelines for...more

President Applies Authority under CFIUS to Prohibit Acquisition of the U.S. Business of A German Technology Company by A...

As we discussed in a recent alert, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) refused to approve the proposed $710 million acquisition of Aixtron GE, a German-based technology company, by Grand Chip...more

Federal Trade Commission Hosts Crowdfunding & Peer-to-Peer Payments Forum

On October 26, 2016, the Financial Trade Commission hosted a forum on Crowdfunding and Peer-to-Peer Payments, in Washington, D.C., the latest in the Commission’s FinTech Forums Series. The forum included two panels: (1)...more

"FTC and DOJ Announce HSR-Related Changes"

On November 28, 2016, the Premerger Notification Office of the Federal Trade Commission (PNO) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) both announced potentially important changes in the way the agencies...more

Companies Perceived By FTC As Emerging Threats

As discussed in the previous section, the FTC collects complaints about organizations that allegedly violate the data privacy, data security, advertising, and marketing laws. Each month DPI creates a “Surge” report that...more

HSR: Newly Expanded 4(c) and 4(d) Requirements

The Premerger Notification Office of the Federal Trade Commission announced on November 28, 2016, that they were revoking previous informal advice regarding the scope of Items 4(c) and 4(d) of the HSR Form. In the past, the...more

Look Before You Leap: Cautionary Tale of a Non-Reportable Transaction

The list of non-reportable transactions challenged after the fact by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission continues to grow. Most recently, the FTC sued Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. to...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: November

The European Commission (“Commission”) has recently published statistics concerning the European Union (“EU”) merger control review process. Typically, the Commission examines larger mergers with an EU dimension, meaning that...more

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