Pre-Merger Filing Requirements

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Further Guidance on the HSR Act Investment-Only Exemption for Seemingly “Passive” Investors Engaging with Management

Investors considering engaging with management should take note of a recent informal interpretation received from the FTC’s Premerger Notification Office (PNO) advising that certain seemingly “passive” behavior is...more

FTC Reverses Prior Position – Buyers Must Now Count All New Debt as Part of the Transaction Size for HSR Purposes

The Federal Trade Commission's Premerger Notification Office has expanded the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting requirements for certain leveraged buyouts. M&A practitioners generally are familiar with the HSR premerger...more

Provider Mergers: The Need for Early Antitrust Advice

Given the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) aggressive antitrust enforcement program attacking provider mergers in hospital, physician, and other markets, it’s become extremely important for those considering a merger to...more

Merging Wisely: Best Practices for Structuring Successful Non-Profit Mergers

A merger in the non-profit world is no less complicated than the merger of a for-profit corporation. But the metrics of success are different. Values-based organizations structured around achieving a mission—as opposed to...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

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

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

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

Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds to Increase Effective February 25, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced revised thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR Act”), that will go into effect on February 25, 2016. The revised...more

New Competition Act and Investment Canada Act Review Thresholds Announced For 2016

On February 5, 2016, the Competition Bureau announced the 2016 “size of transaction” pre-merger notification threshold under the Competition Act would increase to $87 million; the 2015 threshold was $86 million. Acquisitions...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Reporting Thresholds Increase

On January 26, the Federal Trade Commission published the annual adjustment of the thresholds that trigger premerger reporting obligations (and the mandatory waiting period) under the Hart-Scott Rodino (HSR) Act. The new...more

Premerger Notification Thresholds Increased

Effective February 25, 2016, the jurisdictional thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR Act”), will increase. Pursuant to statutory amendments made in 2000, the thresholds are...more

FTC Announces Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2016

On January 26, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") published in the Federal Register adjusted jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the...more

Annual Adjustments to Hart-Scott-Rodino and Interlocking Directorates Thresholds

The annually adjusted thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (HSR) and Section 8 of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. § 19) were published in the Federal Register on January 26,...more

New HSR Reporting Thresholds Announced for 2016

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) requires parties to transactions meeting certain size thresholds to make notification filings with the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the...more

Alert: Revised 2016 Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Thresholds – Effective February 2016

Filing thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act will increase by about 2.5%, effective February 25, 2016, raising the level that a transaction's value must exceed to trigger a filing from $76.3 million to $78.2...more

FTC Announces 2016 Thresholds Under HSR Act and Clayton Act

Primary merger filing threshold raised from $76.3 million to $78.2 million - Last week, the FTC announced revisions to HSR Act and Clayton Act Section 8 thresholds, which it revises each January to account for inflation...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces Adjusted HSR Thresholds for 2016

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced the annual threshold adjustments for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (“HSR”). The new thresholds...more

Making The Merger Review Process More Efficient, P.1

One of the hurdles business must deal with in moving forward with a merger agreement is the merger review process. We have previously spoken about this process and some of the difficulties businesses can face in complying...more

Merger Notification and Foreign Investment Review Thresholds Revised Upward for 2015

On February 2, 2015, the Competition Bureau announced an increase in the notifiable transaction-size threshold to C$86-million, a modest increase from the 2014 C$82-million threshold. The pre-merger notification...more

Industry Canada and the Competition Bureau Announce New Review Thresholds for 2015

On February 2, 2015, the Competition Bureau announced the 2015 “size of transaction” pre-merger notification threshold under the Competition Act would increase to $86 million; the 2014 threshold was $82 million. Acquisitions...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds to Increase

Beginning February 20, 2015, transactions valued at more than $76.3 million may require a Premerger Notification and Report under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“the HSR Act”). This...more

FTC Announces New, Elevated Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Notification Reporting Thresholds

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, 15 U.S.C. 18a (the "HSR Act"), requires parties that are contemplating a merger or the acquisition of assets, voting securities and other non-corporate interests above certain dollar thresholds to...more

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