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Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements

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AGENCY:

Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Commission is amending the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) Premerger Notification Rules (the “Rules”), and the Premerger Notification and Report Form and associated Instructions (“Form and Instructions”) to reflect the new address of the Commission's Premerger Notification Office (the “PNO”).

DATES:

Effective May 6, 2014.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Robert L. Jones, Assistant Director, Premerger Notification Office, Bureau of Competition, Room 5301, Federal Trade Commission, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 326-3100, Email: rjones@ftc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

Section 7A of the Clayton Act (the “Act”) requires the parties to certain mergers or acquisitions to file with the Federal Trade Commission (the “Commission” or “FTC”) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (the “Assistant Attorney General” or the “Antitrust Division”) (together the “Antitrust Agencies” or “Agencies”) to allow the agencies to conduct their initial review of a proposed transaction's competitive impact and requires the parties to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions. The reporting requirement and the waiting period that it triggers are intended to enable the Antitrust Agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to seek a preliminary injunction in federal court to prevent consummation, pursuant to Section 7 of the Act.

Section 7A(d)(1) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 18a(d)(1), directs the Commission, with the concurrence of the Assistant Attorney General, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553, to require that premerger notification be in such form and contain such information and documentary material as may be necessary and appropriate to determine whether the proposed transaction may, if consummated, violate the antitrust laws. Section 7A(d)(2) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 18a(d)(2), grants the Commission, with the concurrence of the Assistant Attorney General, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553, the authority to define the terms used in the Act and prescribe such other rules as may be necessary and appropriate to carry out the purposes of § 7A.

Pursuant to that authority, the Commission, with the concurrence of the Assistant Attorney General, developed the Rules, codified in 16 CFR Parts 801, 802 and 803, and the Form and its associated Instructions, codified at Part 803—Appendix, to govern the form of premerger notifications to be provided by merging parties. The Form is designed to provide the Commission and the Assistant Attorney General with the information and documentary material necessary for an initial evaluation of the potential anticompetitive impact of significant mergers, acquisitions and certain similar transactions.

Changes to the Form, Instructions and Rules

The Commission is amending Section 803.10 of the Rules, as well as the accompanying Form and Instructions, to incorporate the new address of the PNO. Accordingly, the Commission is updating the address of the PNO in the General Instructions (Information and Filing Sections), in the Disclosure Notice section of the Form, and in Section 803.10(c)(1)(i) of the Commission's Rules, to read as follows: Premerger Notification Office, Federal Trade Commission, Room 5301, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024.

Administrative Procedure Act

The Commission finds good cause to adopt these changes without prior public comment. Under the APA, notice and comment are not required “when the agency for good cause finds (and incorporates the finding and a brief statement of reasons therefore in the rules issued) that notice and public procedure thereon are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.” 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B).Start Printed Page 25663

The Commission is updating the address for submission of premerger notification forms in the Rule and the Appendix to Part 803 to reflect the PNO's new address. It does not involve any substantive changes in the Rule's requirements for entities subject to the Rule. Accordingly, the Commission finds that public comment is unnecessary.

In addition, under the APA, a substantive final rule is required to take effect at least 30 days after publication in the Federal Register unless an agency finds good cause that the rule should become effective sooner. 5 U.S.C. 553(d). However, this is purely a clerical change and is not a substantive rule change. Moreover, prompt adoption of this amendment is necessary to alert the public of the updated address for filing of premerger notification forms. Therefore, the Commission finds good cause to dispense with a delayed effective date.

For these reasons, the Commission finds that there is good cause for adopting this final rule as effective on April 28, 2014, without prior public comment.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (“RFA”), 5 U.S.C. 601-612, an agency must prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis for all proposed and final rules that describes the impact of the rule on small entities, unless the head of the agency certifies that the rule will not have a “significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.” 5 U.S.C. 605(b). However, the RFA applies only to rules for which an agency publishes a general notice of proposed rulemaking. 5 U.S.C. 603(a), 604(a). As discussed above, the Commission has determined for good cause that the APA does not require notice and public comment on this rule. Accordingly, the RFA does not apply to this final rule.

Paperwork Reduction Act

These changes do not contain any record maintenance, reporting or disclosure requirements that would constitute agency “collections of information” that would have to be submitted for clearance and approval by the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3518.

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List of Subjects in 16 CFR Part 803

  • Antitrust
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For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Federal Trade Commission amends 16 CFR part 803 as set forth below:

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PART 803—TRANSMITTAL RULES

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1. The authority citation for part 803 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 15 U.S.C. 18a(d).

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2. Amend § 803.10 by revising paragraphs (c)(1) introductory text and (c)(1)(i) to read as follows:

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(c)(1) Date of receipt and means of delivery. For purposes of this section, these procedures shall apply.

(i) The date of receipt shall be the date on which delivery is effected to the designated offices (Premerger Notification Office, Federal Trade Commission, Room 5301, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024 and Director of Civil Enforcement, Office of Operations, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room #3335, Washington, DC 20530) during normal business hours. Delivery should be effected directly to the designated offices, either by hand or by certified or registered mail. In the event one or both of the delivery sites are unavailable, the FTC and DOJ may designate alternate sites for delivery of the filing. Notification of the alternate delivery sites will normally be made through a press release and, if possible, on the http://www.ftc.gov and https://www.hsr.gov Web sites.

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3. In the Appendix to part 803, revise Page 10 of the Notification and Report Form for Certain Mergers and Acquisitions, and pages I and II of the Instructions, to read as follows:

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Appendix to Part 803—Notification and Report Form for Certain Mergers and Acquisitions

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By direction of the Commission.

Donald S. Clark,

Secretary.

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BILLING CODE: 6750-01-P

[FR Doc. 2014-09821 Filed 5-5-14; 8:45 am]

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