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Inside M&A - August 2016

Recent Enforcement Trends in Divestiture Packages - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division have been actively challenging mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across a...more

Tools for Targets of Activist Investors

A recent interpretation by the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) of the beneficial ownership reporting rules under the Securities Exchange Act and the recent settlement of a lawsuit by the U.S....more

August Antitrust Bulletin

Activist Investor Settles DOJ Premerger Notification Case for Record $11 Million - On July 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had reached a settlement in its landmark lawsuit against...more

Investment Firm to Pay Record $11 Million Fine for Violation of HSR Act

On July 12, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that investment firm ValueAct Capital (“ValueAct”) agreed to pay a record $11 million fine to settle charges that it and its affiliates violated the reporting and...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - July 2016

United States: January – June Update - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice (DOJ) have been actively challenging mergers and acquisitions in the first half of 2016. In some instances, the...more

Alert: Shareholder Activism and HSR Collide: DOJ Obtains Record Fine from ValueAct

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced on July 12 that ValueAct Capital agreed to pay a record $11 million civil penalty to settle claims that ValueAct purchased over $2.5 billion in Halliburton and Baker...more

Can a shareholder who is unable to rely on the HSR passive investor exemption still file a Schedule 13G? Maybe, says the SEC Staff...

On July 12, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced a record $11 million fine against an activist investment firm for improperly claiming an exemption from Hart-Scott-Rodino’s notification and waiting period provisions...more

ValueAct Settlement Marks Record Penalty in Heightened Agency Efforts Against HSR Act Violations

Where is the line drawn between acquisitions of securities made “solely for the purpose of investment” on one hand, and influencing control, thereby requiring regulatory approval, on the other hand? That is the central...more

Record Setting Fine for Violation of HSR Reporting Requirements

On July 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (Antitrust Division) announced that it reached a settlement with ValueAct, and its related companies (ValueAct), of alleged violations of the...more

FTC Announces Substantial Increase to Maximum Civil Penalty for Premerger Violations

On June 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced increases to the maximum daily civil penalties under several antitrust statutes. As a result, the maximum daily penalty for violations of premerger filing...more

Alert: Failure to Comply with the HSR Act: The Price is Going Up

Failure to comply with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 ("HSR Act") is about to get a lot more expensive. Effective August 1, 2016, the maximum civil penalty for noncompliance with the premerger...more

FTC Announces Substantial Increases to Civil Penalties

On Wednesday, June 29, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced substantial increases to the maximum civil penalties for 16 distinct violations of certain laws enforced by the FTC. Notable increases were announced for...more

Blog: Options to Acquire: How these Creative Acquisition Strategies Differ from a Traditional Purchase

Creative acquisition strategies are offering both buyers and targets additional opportunities to grow their businesses through M&A. One strategy that we are seeing parties use is the “option to acquire” structure, which...more

2016 Mergers and Acquisitions Helpful Checklists

The M&A short checklist has been update for 2016 information. Please see full Checklist below for more information. ...more

The HSR Act’s “Investment” Exemption – Strategic Considerations in Light of Recent Enforcement

On April 4, 2016 the Department of Justice (DOJ) sued ValueAct Capital (ValueAct), an “activist” investment fund, for violation of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the HSR Act), seeking civil...more

The HSR Act and You: Failing to Report Executives' Stock Purchases and Option Exercises is No Joke

THE RULE TO REMEMBER… Whenever an individual exercises stock options, receives restricted stock awards, or even makes an open market purchase, there may be an attendant requirement to file an individual Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

FTC Announces Annual Changes to HSR Thresholds (2016)

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act notification thresholds....more

New Defense Department Guidance on Mergers and Acquisitions

On September 30, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD or the Department) issued new guidance that reaffirmed its earlier view that it would not look favorably on mergers of “top tier defense firms.” The Department declared...more

FTC Continues Aggressive Enforcement of HSR Act, Levies $656,000 Fine Against Investor

Investor Len Blavatnik has agreed to pay $656,000 to resolve allegations that he violated the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”) by failing to obtain clearance prior to acquiring voting...more

2015 Guide to Acquiring US Public Companies

This guide summarizes certain important considerations for acquiring a publicly traded US-based target corporation through a negotiated (i.e. “non-hostile”) tender offer, exchange offer or merger. US public companies are...more

"FTC Commissioners Divided on Scope of Investment-Only Exemption to HSR Rules"

On August 24, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a consent settlement based on an application of the investment-only exemption to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act’s premerger notification requirements. The settlement...more

Latest H-S-R Act Enforcement Is a Cautionary Tale for Minority Investors

Generally speaking, stock purchases which will cause an investor to hold more than $76.3 million of the target’s voting securities may require a pre-closing notification under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“H-S-R”) Act. But there...more

Alert: HSR "Investment-Only" Exemption: Lessons from Third Point's Yahoo! Investment

While acquisitions of up to 10% of the voting interest in a target that are made "solely for the purpose of investment" are in many circumstances exempt from Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting requirements, even when the value...more

FTC Cautions Against Improper Reliance on “Investment-Only” Exemption

Investment manager Third Point LLC and three of its affiliated funds have entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the federal antitrust authorities for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

Mergers & Acquisitions Glossary

This Glossary contains many of the important terms and definitions used in the M&A world. The Glossary is not exhaustive, however. Like most areas of the law, M&A is a highly complex subject that involves several legal and...more

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