September 30, 2023

The Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) introduced on January 23, 2023, the implementation of elevated thresholds for merger notifications below the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Enhancements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) in addition to elevated submitting charges for reportable transactions.

Notification Threshold Will increase

Pursuant to the HSR Act, all transactions which meet or exceed the jurisdictional thresholds, and which don’t fulfill an exemption, should be notified to the FTC and US Division of Justice (DOJ) via an HSR submitting. The newly introduced thresholds will apply to all transactions that shut on or after the efficient date. The efficient date is 30 days after the discover is revealed within the Federal Register; the discover is at the moment scheduled to be revealed on January 26, 2023, making the efficient date February 27, 2023.

The brink modifications are tied to modifications within the gross nationwide product (GNP).

  • The bottom statutory size-of-transaction threshold, the bottom threshold requiring notification, will improve to $111.4 million.
  • The higher statutory size-of-transaction check, encompassing all transactions valued above a sure measurement (whatever the size-of-person check being met), will improve to $445.5 million.
  • The statutory size-of-person decrease and higher thresholds (which apply to offers valued above $111.4 million however not above $445.5) will improve to $22.3 million and $222.7 million, respectively.

Merger Submitting Charge Will increase

The passage of the Merger Submitting Charge Modernization Act on December 29, 2022, altered the submitting charge thresholds in addition to considerably elevated the charges imposed on transacting events when making an HSR submitting in extra of $1 billion. Just like the notification threshold improve, these submitting charge changes will even take impact 30 days after publication within the Federal Register, which means the elevated charges will even go into impact on February 27, 2023.

The brand new transaction thresholds and accompanying charges are supplied within the desk under:

As with the notification thresholds, the submitting charge thresholds and charge quantities will now be topic to annual adjustment initially of every 12 months based mostly on GNP for thresholds and shopper worth index (CPI) for charge quantities.