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Report Details HSR Antitrust Reviews, Enforcement

Melissa Klein Aguilar | February 23, 2011

2010 was apparently a busy year for merger and acquisition activity and, therefore, for antitrust enforcers. Following two years of decline, deals reported to antitrust enforcers under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Notification Program grew 63 percent in 2010.

The number of transactions reported to the agencies under the HSR Act rose to 1,166 in fiscal year 2010 (Oct. 1, 2009 - Sept. 30, 2010), from 716 in 2009, according to an annual report by the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice on their review of mergers under the Premerger Notification Program. After declines in 2008 and 2009, the total dollar value of reported transactions also increased, to $780 billion.

Depending on the value of the acquisition and, in certain deals, the size of the parties, the HSR Act generally requires certain proposed acquisitions to be reported to the FTC and Antitrust Division...

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