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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

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

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

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

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

Spring Update: Insights Regarding The Antitrust Division’s Recent Activity

The Antitrust Division recently issued its 2016 annual spring update. Taking advantage of modern technology, Bill Baer—now the Acting Associate Attorney General serving in the DOJ’s third-highest ranking...more

May Antitrust Bulletin

FTC, DOJ Issue Statement on Preserving Competition in the Defense Industry - On April 12, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division issued a joint statement...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

The SMARTER Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives Vote, Seeks to Harmonize FTC and DOJ Procedures for Challenging Unconsummated...

On March 23, the U.S. House of Representatives voted favorably on the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (the “SMARTER Act”), H.R. 2745. The bill, introduced by Representative Blake Farenthold of...more

"DOJ Scores as Electrolux and General Electric Abandon Deal; FTC Challenges (Again) Staple’s Proposed Acquisition of Office Depot"

December 7, 2015, was an eventful day for U.S. antitrust enforcement agencies. The Department of Justice achieved a high-profile win when General Electric Co. decided to abandon the proposed sale of its appliance unit to...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

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

Private IPOs and Unicorns May Trigger More H-S-R Act Filings

The talk of the financial press and venture community during the first half of 2015 has been of private IPOs and unicorns. And for good reason. According to CB Insights, there are more than 588 investor-backed tech companies...more

FTC Narrows Scope of HSR Reporting Exemption for Certain Acquisitions

On July 20, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released revisions to its interpretation of the rule, 16 C.F.R. §802.5, that exempts certain acquisitions of “investment rental property assets” from reportability under...more

FTC and DOJ Host Workshop Examining Health Care Competition - Updated 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) held a public workshop on February 24–25, 2015, to examine recent trends and developments in health care provider...more

Buyer Beware: Bazaarvoice and the Risks of Non-Reportable Transactions

If you thought not having to report your proposed acquisition to the US Department of Justice and the US Federal Trade Commission meant never worrying about antitrust issues, think again. The DOJ’s recent pursuit of...more

Some Interesting Numbers Regarding Merger Review: The Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”) requires that proposed acquisitions of voting securities, assets or non-corporate interests meeting certain criteria be reported to the Federal Trade...more

2014 Hart-Scott-Rodino Requirements

What you need to know: HSR filing thresholds will be adjusted upward effective February 24, 2014. What you need to do: Parties involved in a large merger or acquisition should analyze whether it will...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Reporting Thresholds Raised

On January 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced the annual adjustment to the thresholds that trigger reporting obligations under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR Act). Like eight of the past nine annual adjustments,...more

FTC Expands Reporting Requirements For Transfers Of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued final changes to the premerger notification rules that affect whether pharmaceutical companies must report certain proposed acquisitions of exclusive patent rights to the FTC...more

FTC Formalizes Withdrawal and Refiling Process

On June 28, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) formalized new rules to codify its informal procedures for companies completing transactions that require US merger control filings pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR)....more

"New Year Will See More Policing of Patent Conduct by US and EU Competition Agencies"

If recent events are any indication, U.S. and European antitrust agencies will remain focused this year on the intersection of intellectual property and competition law. In particular, the agencies have concluded that under...more

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