Content Assessment: Spring has Sprung? A Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Transaction Update (March FY 2023)
Information - 94%
Insight - 95%
Relevance - 93%
Objectivity - 94%
Authority - 95%
A short percentage-based assessment of the qualitative benefit of the recent post highlighting real-time monthly and annual HSR Act filing reporting by the FTC.
Editor’s Note: The Hart Scott Rodino Act (HSR Act) is a federal law that requires companies planning to merge or acquire certain assets or voting securities to notify the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) before completing the transaction. The HSR Act establishes the FTC and DOJ Premerger Notification Program, which is designed to allow the agencies to review the proposed transaction for potential antitrust concerns.
Under the HSR Act, companies are required to file a notification with the FTC and DOJ and to provide certain information about the transaction, including details about the companies involved, the assets or voting securities being acquired, and any overlap between the companies’ products or services. The agencies will then review the notification and may request additional information or documents to help them assess the potential competitive effects of the transaction. If the agencies determine that the transaction may harm competition, they may challenge it in court or require the parties to take steps to address the concerns before the transaction can be completed.
The HSR Act applies to a wide range of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and certain types of asset purchases and stock purchases. Certain thresholds must be met for the HSR Act to apply, such as the size of the companies involved and the value of the assets or voting securities acquired. The HSR Act also applies to transactions involving foreign companies if the companies meet the thresholds and the transaction has a sufficient connection to the United States.
For cybersecurity, information governance, and legal discovery professionals operating in the eDiscovery ecosystem, monitoring the monthly transaction reporting numbers published as part of the FTC and DOJ Premerger Notification Program can provide valuable insight into the potential impact of merger or acquisition activities and pulse rates on their respective areas of expertise.
Background Note: Throughout Fiscal Year 2023, Hart Scott Rodino Act (HSR Act) monthly transaction rates have experienced notable fluctuations. In October, there were 181 reported transactions, but this number increased significantly in November, reaching a peak of 243 transactions. However, December saw a decline in the number of transactions, with only 148 reported. This trend persisted into January, which recorded 153 transactions. A slight increase occurred in February, with 159 transactions reported, yet the transaction volume hit its lowest point in March, with only 122 transactions. The varying transaction rates across these months underscore the dynamic nature of the current market environment.
A Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Transaction Update (March FY 2023)
Federal Trade Commission
Taken from the latest published Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Premerger Notification monthly transactions as shared by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and augmented by released annual reports, the following transaction information and corresponding charts may be useful for law firms, legal departments, and legal service providers seeking to understand the real-time pulse rate of Hart-Scott-Rodino Act mandated transaction reviews. As these reviews may lead to Second Requests, the charts may also be useful as a baseline for considering provider assertions regarding the depth, breadth, and volume of their Second Request support for this unique type of eDiscovery during specific time frames.
Comparing the Operations Tempo for HSR Act Transactions: Informational Charts
Provided for context and comparison are charts that share HSR Act-related metrics for monthly filings based on real-time reporting in fiscal years (FY) 2023 and 2022, and annual reporting in 2010 – 2021.
Chart 1: Monthly HSR Act Transactions Reported in the Fiscal Year 2023 (October-September)*1 - HSR Act Merger Transactions Reported - 2023 - March 2023
Chart 2: HSR Act Annual Transactions Reported in Fiscal Years 2000 – 2023*/**HSR Act Merger Transactions Reported - March 2023 - Updated Results
Comparing the Operations Tempo for HSR Act Reported Second Requests: Informational Charts
Background Note: HSR Act Reported Second Requests are reported as part of Annual HSR Transaction Reports and not noted in the monthly running reports. The latest published annual report is for FY 2021.
Chart 3: HSR Act Merger Transaction Candidates for Second Requests in Fiscal Years 2000 – 2021**3 - HSR Act Merger Transaction Candidates for Second Requests - February 2023
Chart 4: HSR Act Reported Second Requests in Fiscal Years 2000 – 2021**4 - Number of HSR Act Second Requests - February 2023
Chart 5: HSR Act Reported Second Requests by the FTC in Fiscal Years 2000 – 2021)**5 - Number of HSR Act Second Requests - FTC - February 2023
Chart 6: HSR Act Reported Second Requests by the DOJ in Fiscal Years 2000 – 2021**6 - Number of HSR Act Second Requests - DOJ - February 2023
Chart 7: Percentage of Transactions Resulting in HSR Act Report Second Requests in Fiscal Years 2000 – 2021**7 - Percentage of Transactions Resulting in HSR Act Second Requests - February 2023
*Monthly Real-Time Reporting First Report is October 2019 (Monthly Running Report)
**Based on Annual Reporting as Represented in Final Annual HSR Transaction Reports.
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- HSR Act Reporting: A ComplexDiscovery Chronology
- FTC Annual Competition Reports (Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Reports)
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