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29 Jan '18

The Federal Trade Commission announced revisions to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The revision includes an increase in minimum transaction size from $80.8 million to $84.4 million. The new size thresholds will apply to transactions consummated on or after the effective date, which is 30 days following publication of formal notice in the Federal Register.

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16 Jan '18

Akin Gump has issued an alert on administration and congressional activity since President Trump’s inauguration. The report highlights key regulatory and legislative developments across a range of policy areas. This document also previews the policy agenda for the coming year and concludes with a political update and analysis of the 2018 congressional elections.

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15 Sep '17

As part of the effort to rebrand the party and reconnect with working-class voters who were lost in the presidential election, congressional Democrats revealed a new populist policy agenda, titled “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future” (hereinafter, “A Better Deal”), on Monday, July 24. The agenda outlined by A Better Deal has three pillars: (1) creating jobs and raising wages and incomes, (2) lowering the costs of living and (3) building an economy that helps families conquer challenges of the 21st century. The agenda includes several sections that will be fleshed out further over the coming weeks. Those sections, including one titled “Crack Down on Corporate Monopolies and the Abuse of Economic and Political Power” that focused on increased antitrust enforcement, will often be accompanied by legislation.

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29 Mar '17

The White House announced yesterday that Makan Delrahim will be nominated to head up the United States Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. Delrahim, a long-time D.C. attorney with decades of policy and lobbying experience, is expected to be confirmed, given his Hill connections and support from the antitrust community. He is currently a member of President Trump’s transition team and most recently worked to guide Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch through the Senate confirmation process. Delrahim has been described as a conservative pragmatist who listens to all sides as he attempts to develop consensus, an approach he is expected to take in his new proposed role. We anticipate that his nomination marks a return to the Bush-era level of merger challenges (meaning that the Antitrust Division will still be active), but that the Antitrust Division is more likely to clear deals that create verifiable efficiencies and is more willing to remedy issues through divestiture than Delrahim’s predecessors in the Obama administration.

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26 Jan '17

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the latest annual revision to the size thresholds governing premerger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, Section 7A of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. § 18a (the “HSR Act”).1 The HSR Act requires parties to transactions meeting certain size and other tests to file premerger notification forms with both the FTC and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and observe a mandatory waiting period prior to closing. The new thresholds will apply to transactions consummated on or after the effective date, February 27, 2017.

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20 Jan '17

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the latest annual revision to the size thresholds governing premerger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, Section 7A of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. § 18a (the “HSR Act”).1 The HSR Act requires parties to transactions meeting certain size and other tests to file premerger notification forms with both the FTC and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and observe a mandatory waiting period prior to closing. The new thresholds will apply to transactions consummated on or after the effective date, which is 30 days following publication of formal notice in the Federal Register.

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