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Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Compliance

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 -

HSR Act Violations Continue Trend of Heightened Enforcement, Increased Fines in 2016

by Morgan Lewis on

The past year was a challenging one for investors purchasing voting securities in public corporations with respect to compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act....more

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

by Dechert LLP on

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

Activist Funds Must Comply with HSR Premerger Reporting Rules

by Perkins Coie on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint in August 2015 against three affiliated activist hedge fund companies and Third Point LLC, their management company, for acquiring voting securities in Yahoo! Inc. without...more

Passive Means Passive! Missed HSR Filing Spurs Antitrust Enforcers' Ire - But Change May Be Coming

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission, in its latest enforcement action relating to Hart-Scott-Rodino Act compliance, reminds investors that strict adherence to HSR filing requirements is a must, but also may have signaled that a long...more

Strong HSR Compliance Programs Remain a Necessity

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Continued strong antitrust enforcement under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) reminds us that HSR compliance issues can arise in unexpected places. When Berkshire Hathaway Inc. acquired voting securities of Symetra Financial...more

FTC Orders Greater HSR Reporting of Patent Licenses in the Pharmaceutical Sector

by Dechert LLP on

Background. One item on the negotiation checklist for patent licenses in the pharmaceutical sector is compliance with the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) Premerger Notification Rules. The HSR rules require that certain patent...more

FTC Investigations of Technology Transactions – Am I at Risk?

by BakerHostetler on

A recent article in the Antitrust Law Journal, “A Survey of Evidence Leading to Second Requests at the FTC,” by Darren S. Tucker, a FTC attorney advisor who reviewed non-public information on decisions to investigate proposed...more

FTC Investigations of Pharma and Medical Device Transactions – Am I at Risk?

by BakerHostetler on

A recent article in the Antitrust Law Journal titled “A Survey of Evidence Leading to Second Requests at the FTC,” by Darren S. Tucker, an attorney advisor to a FTC Commissioner who reviewed non-public information on the...more

Recent Cases Serve as a Reminder of the Potential Impact of HSR Reporting Requirements and Other Key Disclosure Rules on...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Two recent enforcement actions by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) confirm that there is continuing attention in the United States on compliance by investors with the reporting...more

Federal Merger Enforcement Increases To Highest Level In Five Years

by Perkins Coie on

Hart-Scott-Rodino Filings Decreased Slightly in 2012, but Percentage of Investigations Leading to Second Requests and Enforcement Actions Increased; FTC Continues to Enforce HSR Act in Connection with Corporate Officers' and...more

"FTC Issues Final Amendments Regarding Withdrawal of HSR Filings"

On June 28, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) adopted a proposed rulemaking to codify its longstanding informal procedures for voluntarily withdrawing and refiling an HSR filing and, more significantly, to mandate that...more

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