FTC Announces Revised Thresholds for Interlocking Directorates

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The Federal Trade Commission has announced revised thresholds for interlocking directorates required under Section 8 of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. § 19(a)(5)). The revised thresholds took effect January 14, 2013.

As revised, with certain exceptions, Section 8 prohibits a person from serving as a director or officer of two competing corporations (other than banks, banking associations, and trust companies) if each corporation has capital, surplus and undivided profits in excess of $28,883,000 (increased from $27,784,000) and the competitive sales of both corporations equal or exceed $2,888,300 (increased from $2,778,400). Note that a person shall not be prohibited from simultaneous service if the competitive sales of either corporation are less than 2 percent of its total sales or the competitive sales of each corporation are less that 4 percent of its total sales.

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