2021 HSR Thresholds Decreasing

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Summary

In a direction consistent with 2020, the filing thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act) will decrease. Following statutory amendments made in 2000, the thresholds are adjusted annually based on changes in the U.S. gross national product (GNP). A key effect of this year’s indexing is that transactions will only be reportable if the Size of Transaction exceeds $92 million, a decrease from 2020’s $94 million threshold. This marks the first time since 2010 that the filing thresholds have decreased. The revised jurisdictional thresholds were published in the Federal Register on February 2, 2021, and will become effective March 4, 2021.

Key revised thresholds are as follows:

Original Threshold

2021 Threshold

$50 million Size of Transaction Test

$92 million

$200 million Size of Transaction Test

$368 million

$10 million Size of Person Test

$18.4 million

$100 million Size of Person Test

$184 million

Similarly, while the HSR filing fee amounts themselves have not changed, the thresholds upon which the filing fees are based have decreased as follows:

Filing Fee

Original Filing Fee Threshold

2021 Filing Fee Threshold

$45,000

Transactions valued at more than $50 million but less than $100 million

Transactions valued at more than $92 million but less than $184 million

$125,000

Transactions valued at $100 million or more
but less than $500 million

Transactions valued at $184 million or more but less than $919.9 million

$280,000

Transactions valued at $500 million or more

Transactions valued at $919.9 million or more

Finally, the maximum daily civil penalty for HSR violations has also been adjusted. Unlike the HSR thresholds, however, these have increased slightly. This is because the civil penalty amount is adjusted annually for inflation (not based on GNP like the HSR thresholds). The current maximum daily civil penalty for HSR violations is now $43,792 per day (up from $42,530).

Determining the HSR value of a transaction (and, ultimately, whether a transaction is reportable), requires a nuanced analysis of numerous factors. To learn whether your transaction is reportable, or for more information regarding HSR filings in general, please contact the authors.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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