Take note: Adjustments to the reporting thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“Act”) will become effective on February 28, 2018. At that time, the minimum size-of-transaction threshold goes up to $84.4 million from its current threshold of $80.8 million. As a result of that change, starting on February 28, 2018, transactions valued below $84.4 million (as of the time of closing) will not be reportable. The size-of-parties thresholds will also increase from $16.2 million and $161.5 million to $16.9 million and $168.8 million, respectively, and transactions valued in excess of $843.9 million will be reportable regardless of the size of the parties. Civil penalties for violations of the Act will increase to a maximum of $41,484 per day.
For additional information about the issues discussed above, or if you have any other antitrust concerns, please contact the Epstein Becker Green attorney who regularly handles your legal matters, or one of the authors of this Antitrust Byte.