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US: FTC announces new 2015 HSR thresholds

 |  January 18, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission released its adjusted thresholds for 2015 for pre-merger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR). The new thresholds do not require filing for any merger with a trade value under $76.3 million and require filings for any merger with a trade value over $305.1 million.

For trade values between these figures, the merger has to meet the size of person test. For this test, if the total assets or net annual sales of the two parties exceeds $167.8 million, then the parties are required to file merger under HSR standards. This is up from the original threshold of $110 million.

Additionally, the adjusted filing fees were released and will take effect mid-February and will affect filings on or after the effective date, filings already under way are subject to the fees valid at the time of the filing.

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