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

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1. Lower Thresholds For HSR Filings

On January 19, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission announced revised, lower thresholds for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The filing thresholds are revised annually, based on the change in gross national product. For the first time, the thresholds have been reduced. They will be effective thirty days after publication in the Federal Register. Publication is expected to occur this week. Thus the new thresholds will most likely become effective late February 2010. Acquisitions that have not closed by the effective date will be subject to the new thresholds. Filing persons must wait a designated period of time, usually 30 days, before completing their transactions. The HSR Act imposes premerger notification and waiting period obligations on transactions over a certain size, where the parties are over a certain size, before those transactions may be completed. Each "person" who is a party to an HSR-reportable deal must file an HSR notification with the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission.

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