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2018 Antitrust Outlook – Another Year Of Uncertainty

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The antitrust outlook in the United States in 2018 continues to present uncertainty. Below, we look to identify some sources of that uncertainty and offer some predictions for industries, including the auto industry, for the...more

CFIUS: Evolution Yields to Revolution

by Jones Day on

While 2017 was an evolutionary year for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS"), 2018 portends to be a revolutionary year. A number of factors, including a new President, growing concerns over...more

Australian Government Further Tightens FIRB Controls, Now Over Critical Electricity Assets

by Jones Day on

In early 2016, the Australian Government announced the introduction of new standard tax conditions and appeared to indicate that the conditions would be applied universally to all foreign investment approvals. Later that...more

Australian Government Tries to "Level the Playing Field" for Purchases of Agricultural Land

by Jones Day on

On 1 February 2018, the Treasurer of Australia announced that going forward, foreign persons seeking approval for the acquisition of Australian agricultural land will, in the absence of exceptional circumstances, need to...more

Senior EU Court Adviser Provides Welcome Guidance on Gun-Jumping

by WilmerHale on

EU and US laws prohibit merging companies from implementing reportable transactions until their deal is cleared or the statutory waiting period has expired. Violations of this principle are colloquially known as “gun-jumping”...more

HSR Thresholds Increased for 2018

by Locke Lord LLP on

The FTC has increased the HSR filing thresholds for transactions that will close on or after February 28, 2018. The new 2018 thresholds are slightly higher than the 2017 thresholds, and are as follows: - Size-of-parties...more

FTC testimony underscores agency's views on certificate-of-need laws and competition in health care markets

by Dentons on

Staff from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appeared before the Alaska Senate Committee on Labor and Commerce on February 6, 2018, to present the FTC’s views on certificate-of-need (CON) laws and to support the repeal of...more

FTC Announces Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2018

by Jackson Walker on

On January 29, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (the “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

DOJ Toughens Antitrust Consent Decree Enforcement

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division ("DOJ") has adopted new terms in recent consent decrees that enhance DOJ's ability to enforce its settlements, most importantly by lowering the evidentiary...more

THE LATEST: Divestitures of Complex Pipeline Pharmaceutical Products off the Table at the FTC

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED: - Bruce Hoffman, acting director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), announced that the FTC will no longer accept divestitures of inhalant and injectable pipeline drugs in...more

2018 EU Trade, Regulatory and Competition Trends

Our “trends for 2018” are only a selection of interesting developments to watch for in 2018. Within the political and legislative cycle of the European Union, 2018 promises to be an eventful year, given that it is the last...more

Blog: The Cooley Outlook for 2018 M&A

by Cooley LLP on

What’s on tap for 2018 M&A? A recap of 2017 trends and the Cooley outlook on this year’s dealmaking: - Buying Innovation: Retention and Non-Competes. For both old-line companies and tech giants, innovation is the name of...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Four key trends moving the M&A needle in 2018

by White & Case LLP on

M&A's strategic relevance will ensure transactions continue to close in the face of geopolitical uncertainty. But trends in four areas—taxation, technology, PE, and antitrust—could define the coming year of...more

FTC Announces 2018 Hart-Scott-Rodino Threshold Adjustments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the annual revisions to the monetary thresholds that determine whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under Section 7A of...more

New HSR Filing Thresholds Take Effect February 28, 2018

On January 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced an increase in the thresholds that determine whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

Federal Trade Commission revises Hart-Scott-Rodino thresholds for 2018

by Dentons on

On January 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced revised jurisdictional thresholds for reporting transactions pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act). The...more

FTC: New HSR Thresholds for 2018

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The annual adjustment of the dollar thresholds for pre-acquisition filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act will take effect at the beginning of March. All transactions closing on or after the effective...more

Premerger Notifications and Interlocking Directorates: FTC Increases Thresholds

On January 26, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced their annual update to the size-of-transaction thresholds for both premerger notifications and interlocking directorates. The FTC revises these thresholds annually...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Notification Thresholds to Increase

by K&L Gates LLP on

Beginning on February 28, 2018, transactions valued at more than $84.4 million may require filing with the antitrust agencies of a Premerger Notification and Report under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of...more

Tronox v. FTC: Ingenious or an Exercise in Futility?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In what may be the first case ever, a party to an FTC administrative merger challenge has filed suit in U.S. District Court asking the court to halt the administrative proceeding and order the FTC to pursue a preliminary...more

All Merger Side Letters Must Be Included in HSR Filings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Previously, neither the Federal Trade Commission nor the Department of Justice has provided clear guidance on whether side letters must be submitted with filings associated with the Hart–Scott–Rodino Antitrust...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino and Interlocking Directorates Thresholds Rise for 2018

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On January 29, 2018, the FTC published the latest annual adjustments to the statutory thresholds under both the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (HSR) and Section 8 of the Clayton Act (15...more

FTC Announces Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for Acquisitions and Exclusive Licenses

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced this year's revisions to the thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR), which will be applicable to transactions closing on or after Feb....more

FTC Announces 2018 Thresholds for Merger Control Filings Under HSR Act and Interlocking Directorates Under the Clayton Act

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced its annual revisions to the dollar-jurisdictional thresholds in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR Act”); the revised thresholds will...more

HART-SCOTT-RODINO Update: Federal Trade Commission Announces Revised Jurisdictional Thresholds

As it does at around this time annually, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act, as required by the 2000 Amendment of Section 7A of the...more

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