US Regulators Up Scrutiny Of Small Deals

Law360, New York (July 23, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT) -- U.S. antitrust agencies are scrutinizing an increasing number of transactions that fall below the reporting threshold, and experts attribute the rise in such challenges to the sluggish merger market, better transaction monitoring and a more aggressive enforcement stance by the regulators.

An analysis by Law360 shows that over the past two years U.S. antitrust agencies have challenged more mergers that are significantly below the threshold established by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act than they typically would.

The law currently requires only deals valued at more than...
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