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Buyer beware: private equity transactions under closer antitrust scrutiny
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • July 13 2007

The dramatic rise in private equity and hedge fund transactions has led to closer scrutiny from US antitrust regulators

Joint bidding by private equity funds found permissible under antitrust laws
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • USA
  • March 3 2008

In late February 2008 in litigation involving the acquisition of a public company that had put itself up for sale, a federal district court held that that no antitrust claim was stated where, out of all potential buyers solicited by the company, two private equity buyers who were the only bidders to make an actual offer to buy the company entered into a joint bid agreement to purchase the target

FTC announces revised Hart-Scott-Rodino thresholds
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • USA
  • February 5 2007

The Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) has revised the jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”) and the Premerger Notification Rules (the “Rules”

Court declines to dismiss antitrust claim alleging private equity firms allocated market for leveraged buyouts
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • USA
  • December 18 2008

In a significant decision for private equity firms, hedge funds, and other participants in corporate acquisitions, a U.S. District Court on December 15 denied a motion to dismiss a class action complaint alleging a conspiracy among certain private equity firms to allocate the LBO market on a wide scale

Federal district court allows joint bidding suit to proceed
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • January 7 2009

On Dec. 15, 2008, a federal district court judge in Massachusetts denied the motion to dismiss filed by several private equity firms alleged to have engaged in joint-bidding for leveraged buyout (“LBO”) target companies

HSR rules on automatic withdrawal of filings
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • July 1 2013

Following the publication of proposed rules back in February, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued final rules to establish procedures for

Seven global regulatory trends to watch in 2014
  • Dentons
  • USA, Canada, China, European Union
  • February 4 2014

Competition authorities around the world are vigorously pursuing domestic and international conspiracies and other anticompetitive activities. Focus

Don’t shoot your merger in the foot: what you need to know about gun jumping under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • March 31 2010

Before pulling the trigger on a merger, companies should know that the factors contributing to a successful transaction from a business perspective - advanced planning and integration - may raise the danger of illegal premerger coordination, or "gun jumping," under the federal antitrust laws

Good newsbad news: new premerger reporting rules streamline form, but create new obligations, particularly for private equity funds and hedge funds
  • White & Case LLP
  • USA
  • July 12 2011

New rules issued by the Federal Trade Commission on July 7, 2011 will streamline some information required for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (“HSR Act”) Notification and Report Form (the “Form”), but also will impose several new, potentially burdensome requirements on filing parties

Federal Trade Commission announces major changes to disclosure requirements under Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act
  • Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
  • USA
  • July 18 2011

On July 7, the Federal Trade Commission announced major changes to disclosure requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act