The Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) has revised the jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds ofthe HartScottRodino Antitrust Improvements Actof 1976 (the “HSR Act”) and the Premerger Notification Rules (the “Rules”). The adjustments to the dollar thresholds of the HSR Act and Rules (based on changes in the gross national product) are required by the 2000 amendments to the HSR Act. The new thresholds take effect on February 12, 2009 and will apply to transactions that close on or after that date.  

The HSR Act requires parties intending to merge or to acquire assets, voting securities or certain non-corporate interests to notify the FTC and the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and to observe certain waiting periods before consummating the acquisition if certain filing thresholds are met. Notification and Report Forms must be submitted by the parties to a transaction if both the (1) size of transaction and (2) size of parties thresholds are met, unless an exemption from filing applies.  

1. Size of Transaction

The minimum size of transaction threshold is $65.2 million, increased from the 2008 threshold of $63.1 million.  

2. Size of Parties

The size of parties threshold is inapplicable if the value of the transaction exceeds $260.7 million (formerly $252.3 million for 2008). For transactions with a value between $65.2 million and $260.7 million, the size of parties threshold must be met and will be satisfied in one of the following three ways.