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Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Notification Thresholds for 2012

On January 24, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) reporting thresholds under which transactions will be reportable only if, as a result of such transaction, the acquiring person will hold voting securities, assets, or non-corporate interests of the acquired person valued above $68.2 million, compared to $66.0 million in 2011. The newly adjusted thresholds will apply to all transactions that close on or after the effective date, which is expected to be in late February (the exact date will depend on when the changes are published in the Federal Register).

In summary, the relevant HSR thresholds are:

Threshold Original 
Amount
2012 Adjusted Threshold
Size of Transaction $50 million $68.2 million
Size of Person (if applicable) $10 million
and 
$100 million
$13.6 million and 
$136.4 million
Size of Transaction above which Size of Person Test does not apply $200 million $272.8 million

Corresponding increases will also apply to certain other thresholds and exemptions under the HSR Act. The complete list of revised HSR thresholds is available on the FTC's website (http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/01/hsr.shtm).

For reportable transactions, the acquiring person’s holdings must cross the threshold with respect to which the HSR notification is made within one year of the expiration or early termination of the HSR waiting period. Once the acquiring person has crossed the applicable threshold during the first year, any additional acquisitions by the same acquiring person of the same issuer’s voting securities will be exempt from notification during the five years following the expiration or early termination of the waiting period, up to the highest value of the threshold range for which the HSR notification was made. For purposes of this exemption, any subsequent acquisition by the acquiring person would be subject to the adjusted thresholds in effect when the subsequent acquisition is consummated.

Though recently there has been discussion about raising the HSR filing fees, for now they remain as follows:

2012 Adjusted Threshold Filing Fee
Transaction valued at greater than $68.2 million but less than $136.4 million $45,000
Transaction valued at greater than $136.4 million but less than $682.1 million $125,000
Transaction valued at $682.1 or greater $280,000
©2021 Greenberg Traurig, LLP. All rights reserved. National Law Review, Volume II, Number 30
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Andrew G. Berg Chairs the Global Antitrust Litigation & Competition Regulation Practice and advises clients on litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and other antitrust and competition-related matters before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), state attorneys general, and in private litigation. Andrew's practice includes a full range of antitrust transactional and mergers and acquisitions experience, including Hart-Scott-Rodino filings at the FTC and DOJ, and related merger analysis issues. He also counsels...

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