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Aug. 5, 2022

Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going: Antitrust Law Updates and Their Reporting Obligations

By Carrie A. Hanger, Denise M. Gunter, Colleen Pleasant Kline

Corporate Compliance Insights

In an article published in Corporate Compliance Insights, Partners Carrie Hanger, Colleen Kline and Denise Gunter discuss antitrust law changes and what they mean for firms and their advisors, including updates on 2022 reporting thresholds, electronic filing, temporary suspension of termination, expiration of the HSR waiting period, treatment of debt and informal interpretations, and the Biden Administration’s antitrust enforcement emphasis.

“Taken together, these developments clearly signal the federal government is looking at proposed transactions more carefully and that entities engaged in mergers and acquisitions — even ones where the businesses of the acquiring and acquired parties do not overlap at all — should expect longer turnaround times for HSR review,” they wrote. “Gone are the days of ET requests being granted in two weeks or less and of a perceived more lenient approach to proposed transactions. We do not expect this to change any time soon. Now, more than ever, parties to proposed transactions need to be careful that they fully understand HSR reporting requirements and potential antitrust trigger points.”

Read the full article here.