FTC increases pre-merger notification $threshold

Source: U.S. Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission threshold at which a proposed transaction is subject to pre-merger filings increases from $84.4 million to $90 million, effective April. A recent FTC Bureau of Competition advisory helps parties determine relevant deal benchmarks plus reporting obligations that apply based on when the filing is made, the transaction closes, and thresholds adjust. When Congress passed the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, Bureau staff note, it created minimum dollar thresholds to limit pre-merger reporting burdens. Lawmakers amended the statute in 2000 to require the annual notification threshold adjustment in tandem with gross national product changes.