Off to the Races? A Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Transaction Update (November 2020)

As highlighted in the July 9, 2020, blog post from the FTC, increased interest in levels of M&A activity has warranted that the Bureau of Competition’s Premerger Notification Office (PNO) share the monthly figures for Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act filings. This increased activity can be seen in the strong HSR reported transaction numbers for November 2020. November had 424 reported transactions, the highest number of monthly reported transactions in any month between FY 2010 and FY 2021.

A Fast Start in Fiscal Year 2021? A Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Filing Update

Given the chilling effect of COVID on the business of eDiscovery, many individuals and organizations are interested in the impact of current pandemeconomic conditions on essential audit, investigation, and litigation drivers for legal discovery. One of those drivers is the need for eDiscovery support in FTC and DOJ Second Request investigations. As Second Requests are driven from HSR Act mandated merger transaction reviews, the following HSR Act filing information and comparisons may be helpful for understanding current trends and potential trajectories driving the need for Second Requests.

A Tempo of (Anti) Trust? Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Filings in 2020

Given the chilling effect of COVID on the business of eDiscovery in 2020, many individuals and organizations are interested in the impact of current pandemeconomic conditions on essential audit, investigation, and litigation drivers for legal discovery. One of those drivers is the need for eDiscovery support in FTC and DOJ Second Request investigations. As Second Requests are driven from HSR Act mandated merger transaction reviews, the following HSR Act filing information and comparisons may be helpful for understanding current trends and potential trajectories driving the need for Second Requests.

Got a Second (Request)? 42nd Hart-Scott-Rodino Report Released

The recently released 42nd Annual Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Report shares a 10-year summary of HSR transactions reported, second requests issued, and early terminations granted by the agencies, as well as a detailed statistical profile of transactions reported during fiscal year 2019. Enacted by Congress in 1976, the HSR Act gives the federal government the opportunity to investigate and challenge mergers that are likely to harm consumers before injury occurs. The Commission vote to issue the report was 4-0-1.

Got Second Requests? 41st Hart-Scott-Rodino Report Released

The recently released 41st Annual Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Report shares a 10-year summary of HSR transactions reported, second requests issued, and early terminations granted by the agencies, as well as a detailed statistical profile of transactions reported during fiscal year 2018. Enacted by Congress in 1976, the Hart Scott Rodino Act gives the federal government the opportunity to investigate and challenge mergers that are likely to harm consumers before injury occurs. The Commission vote to issue the report was 5-0.

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