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How the FTC’s Backlog Could Impact Your M&A Transaction

How the FTC’s Backlog Could Impact Your M&A Transaction

Author: Thomas H. Herndon, Jr.Date: August 30, 2021

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning companies that it's taking longer than normal to conduct merger reviews. While companies may elect to proceed with transactions without waiting for the agency to conclude its investigation, they are doing so at their own risk, according to the FTC.

Pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act), companies proposing a merger or acquisition must notify regulators and satisfy a mandatory waiting period if the size of the parties involved and the value of a transaction exceeds certain filing thresholds, absent an applicable exemption. The current size-of-transaction threshold is $92 million.

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