The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced on February 1 its 2021 jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”). The thresholds determine whether parties involved in proposed mergers, consolidations or other acquisitions of voting securities, assets or unincorporated interests must notify the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) of a proposed transaction and comply with a mandatory waiting period before the transaction can be consummated. The FTC is required to revise HSR Act thresholds annually based on changes in the gross national product and this year’s changes reflect a 2.1% decrease, the first decrease since 2010. The new thresholds will go into effect March 4, 2021. The FTC also has announced an increase in the maximum civil penalty for non-compliance with the HSR Act, as well as revised thresholds for prohibited interlocking directorates under Section 8 of the Clayton Act. A brief summary of the changes is as follows:
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