On January 21, 2016, the US Federal Trade Commission announced new thresholds relating to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, 15 U.S.C. § 18a (HSR). These new thresholds went into effect on February 25, 2016. The thresholds govern which mergers or acquisitions must be reported to the US Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice. For companies that are considering an asset acquisition, a merger or some other voting securities acquisition, the determination of whether a filing is necessary can be a complicated and risky one.

To help navigate the complex HSR Act rules in order to determine if a filing is actually required, Mayer Brown has created an interactive presentation that provides quick and practical HSR guidance. Based on current 2016 FTC thresholds, this presentation allows you to choose the criteria that best applies to your organization or transaction and then takes you through a basic analysis of whether an HSR Act filing is necessary. The FTC's Federal Register notice, and a complete list of all HSR threshold adjustments, can be found at:

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Originally published 10 March 2016

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