Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

The Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1976 establishing the federal premerger notification program. Under the Act, parties contemplating mergers or... more +
The Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1976 establishing the federal premerger notification program. Under the Act, parties contemplating mergers or acquisitions must notify the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission prior to completing the transaction. Once notified, the DOJ and FTC investigate and make a determination as to whether the proposed transaction will adversely impact U.S. commerce and competition within the market. less -
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FTC Penalties Will More Than Double in August

Wages may be stagnant in the United States, but one thing on the rise is the price of getting on the wrong side of the Federal Trade Commission. Effective August 1, 2016, the maximum civil penalty dollar amount for...more

FTC Raises Maximum Civil Penalty to $40,000; HSR Act and Other Continuing Violations May Incur Civil Penalties of Over $14 million...

Key Points: The FTC is raising the maximum civil penalty that may be imposed for certain violations from $16,000 to $40,000. For HSR Act violations, where penalties may be imposed for each day the person is in...more

Maximum Civil Penalties for HSR Violations to Increase to $40,000 per Day

For parties considering a merger or other transaction, the civil penalties for failing to comply with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”) are about to increase significantly. On June 29,...more

FTC Raises Maximum Potential Hart-Scott-Rodino Civil Penalties to $40,000 per Day, an Increase of 150 percent

On June 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced new maximum potential civil penalties for violations of various competition and other laws enforced by the FTC, including the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion – Antitrust Issues?

Microsoft has an entrenched, enduring monopoly in both personal computer operating systems and office software. LinkedIn is the largest business-oriented social network.  Are there antitrust issues with the combination? ...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

FTC Records Two Wins as Staples-Office Depot Merger Abandoned for a Second Time

On May 10, Staples and Office Depot announced that they would be terminating their $6.3 billion merger in the wake of a federal judge’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the deal. This represents the second...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

Antitrust & Your Deal: Pre-Closing Conduct Matters

There are three U.S. antitrust laws that regulate the diligence process, transition planning, and overall conduct between parties during deal negotiations and due diligence prior to closing: Section 7A of the Clayton Act...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

HSR Suit Between DOJ and ValueAct Offers Potential to Clarify "Investment-Only" Exemption

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had filed a civil antitrust complaint against investment fund ValueAct Capital, alleging that ValueAct improperly relied upon the "investment-only"...more

DOJ Suit Against ValueAct Shines Spotlight on HSR Requirements for Shareholder Activists

Suit signals potential consequences for activist investors who rely on the HSR “solely for purposes of investment” exemption. On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sued certain ValueAct Capital entities...more

April Antitrust Bulletin

FTC Files No-AG Suit Against Pharmaceutical Companies - On March 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaintin the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against several drug...more

Activist Funds Should Heed the Latest Enforcement of the HSR Act

The limits on an investor’s ability to acquire stock under the “investment-only” exemption to the HSR Act’s reporting requirements take center stage as the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”)...more

When Passive Investors Take a Stand – HSR Act Enforcement Put to the Test

Enforcement actions for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) often are announced with substantial money penalties or other restrictions agreed in advance between the agency and the parties. Not so with the Department...more

ABA Antitrust Section’s Spring Meeting—What You Need to Know

The American Bar Association held its 64th annual Antitrust Law Spring Meeting April 5–8, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Over 3,000 practitioners, enforcers, economists and academics from around the world came together to discuss...more

"Interpretation of Antitrust Exemption at Heart of DOJ Action Against ValueAct"

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (DOJ) filed a complaint against activist investor ValueAct Capital in California federal court, requesting a $19 million fine for violations of the...more

Narrow Reading Of HSR Investment-Only Exemption Continues

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against activist investor ValueAct Capital. The DOJ asserts that ValueAct improperly relied on the “investment only” exemption to the...more

Activism (Re)Defined: DOJ Files Complaint Against ValueAct for Alleged HSR Act Violation

In filing a complaint and seeking $19 million of damages against ValueAct for failing to file a premerger notification and observe the statutory waiting period pursuant to the HSR Act in connection with its 2014 purchase of...more

DOJ Suit Against Activist Investor Highlights Narrow Interpretation of HSR “Investment Only” Exemption

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against activist investor ValueAct Capital (“ValueAct”). DOJ asserts that ValueAct improperly relied on the “investment only” exemption to...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 Myth of H.S.R.

The transaction has been in the works for several months and it is the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of activity. The financing is in place, the boards have approved the transaction, the shareholder votes are scheduled...more

2016 M&A Report

Our 2016 M&A Report offers a detailed review of, and outlook for, the global M&A market. Other highlights include a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions; updates on takeover defenses and public company...more

FTC Announces Revised HSR Pre-Merger Notification and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced revised monetary thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust...more

FTC Announces Annual HSR Premerger Notification Threshold and Clayton Act Interlocking Directorate Thresholds Adjustments

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) thresholds will be increased. The FTC also announced that it has revised the thresholds...more

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