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US Department of Justice Challenges Acquisition Seven Months After Closing

Posted in Antitrust
On September 26, the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) challenged Parker Hannifin Corporation’s acquisition of CLARCOR Inc. The challenge was launched seven months after the parties completed the antitrust review required by the Hart Scott Rodino Act (HSR) and closed on the transaction. The DOJ seeks to unwind a portion of… Continue Reading

FTC Releases Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Filing Thresholds for 2017

Posted in Antitrust
On January 19, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the new filing thresholds that will apply to mergers and acquisitions under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the Act). These new thresholds will go in effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register and will likely be effective by mid-to-late… Continue Reading

NFA Issues Notice Regarding the Approval Process for New Margin Models Used by Covered Swap Entities

Posted in Antitrust, CFTC, Derivatives, Dodd-Frank Developments
On April 14, National Futures Association (NFA) issued Notice I-16-03, which provides further details regarding NFA’s review and approval process for margin models used by swap dealers and major swap participants that are not subject to the oversight of a prudential regulator (Covered Swap Entities). To comply with Commodity Futures Trading Commission margin rules, Covered… Continue Reading

FTC Announces Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Filing Thresholds

Posted in Antitrust
On January 21, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the new filing thresholds that will apply to mergers and acquisitions under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the HSR Act). The changes will go into effect in late February, 30 days after they are published in the Federal Register. Under the revised… Continue Reading

HSR Act Thresholds to Rise on February 20

Posted in Antitrust
On January 21, the Federal Trade Commission published new notification and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act). The revised thresholds will apply to all mergers and acquisitions that close on or after February 20.… Continue Reading

FTC Announces New Filing Thresholds for Hart-Scott-Rodino Pre-Merger Notifications

Posted in Antitrust
Co-authored by Bonnie L. Chmil. The Federal Trade Commission has announced the new notification thresholds for pre-merger notification reports that must be filed under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act). The notification thresholds are adjusted every year for inflation. The new thresholds go into effect on February 11, 2013.… Continue Reading

Important Changes to Hart Scott Rodino Premerger Notification Program Announced

Posted in Antitrust
On July 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with the concurrence of the U.S. Department of Justice, announced significant amendments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Premerger Notification Program. A special Katten Client Advisory will be distributed in the next several days describing the changes in detail. The changes will significantly affect private equity funds, hedge funds… Continue Reading

Revisions to HSR Premerger Notification Form Expected Soon

Posted in Antitrust
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to announce significant changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Premerger Notification Rules, the Premerger Notification and Report Form, and the accompanying Instructions in the next several weeks. The changes, which may have been presaged by proposals issued by the FTC for public comment last August, may impose significant new… Continue Reading

FTC Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Filing Thresholds

Posted in Antitrust
The Federal Trade Commission has raised the thresholds governing premerger notification filings that must be made under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR, or the Act). Effective February 24, transactions valued above $66 million will require HSR notification when they meet the other requirements of the HSR Act. This is an… Continue Reading

FTC Announces Important Changes to Hart-Scott-Rodino Program

Posted in Antitrust
The Federal Trade Commission has recently issued a series of proposed amendments to the rules governing the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Premerger Notification Program. It has also proposed significant amendments to the HSR Report form itself. The link to the Commissions Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and request for public comment can be found here. Three of the… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Issues Important Ruling for Joint Venturers and IP Licensing Groups

Posted in Antitrust
On Monday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the National Football League’s collective licensing of team logos should be subject to scrutiny under the antitrust laws. This decision has potentially important implications for parties to joint ventures, IP licensing consortia, and other entities that involve collaboration among competitors or industry participants. The NFL’s 32 teams… Continue Reading