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FTC Announces New HSR and Section 8 Thresholds

January 24, 2023

The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday the most significant changes to the jurisdictional thresholds and filing fees applicable to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the HSR Act) in several decades.

The HSR Act requires that certain large transactions be notified to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission prior to their consummation. This year, the minimum "size-of-transaction" threshold for reporting mergers and acquisitions will increase substantially from $101 million to $111.4 million.  The "size-of-person" threshold will also increase.

Notifications made under the HSR Act also require the payment of a filing fee, which has historically increased annually based on changes to the U.S. consumer price index.  Pursuant to the recently-enacted Fee Modernization Act, the FTC has adopted a new structure—increasing the number of tiers from three to six—and including significant changes to the filing fees themselves.  The new structure marginally reduces the filing fees required for smaller transactions, but dramatically increases those required for the largest deals.  For example, in 2022, the largest filing fee of $280,000 was required for transactions valued at approximately $1 billion or more.  This year, the largest filing fee will be $2.25 million, applicable to transactions valued at $5 billion or more.  More detail is included in the chart below.





 less than $161.5 million


 not less than $161.5 million but less than $500 million


 not less than $500 million but less than $1 billion


 not less than $1 billion but less than $2 billion


 not less than $2 billion but less than $5 billion

 $2.25 million

 $5 billion or more

This new fee structure is expected to significantly increase the total sum of filing fees—with the Congressional Budget Office estimating the changes will generate an additional $1.4 billion in payments from 2023 through 2027—and which will significantly increase the funding and resources available to the FTC and DOJ to enforce the antitrust laws.  Under the new structure, HSR filing fees will be increased annually by an amount equal to the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index, if any, as determined by the Department of Labor.

The revised thresholds were published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2023, and become effective thirty days after publication on the next business day, February 27, 2023.

The Commission also issued revised thresholds relating to the prohibition of certain interlocking directorates under Section 8 of the Clayton Act.

Click here to read a full copy of the Commission's announcement, including a complete listing of the revised thresholds. Click here for a copy of the FTC's announcement and information regarding the Clayton Act, Section 8 thresholds.

For more information, please contact the professional(s) listed below, or your regular Crowell & Moring contact.

Shawn R. Johnson
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2624
Ashley (Lee) McMahon
Counsel – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.508.8924
Kate M. Watkins
Counsel – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2744
Connor Ahearn
Counsel – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2724