Kirkland Alert

Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Thresholds, Filing Fees and Civil Penalty Amounts Announced

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently published: (1) revisions to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) Act filing thresholds, (2) new HSR filing fees and (3) increased maximum civil penalty amounts for violations of the HSR Act. 

Updated HSR Thresholds


The new HSR Act filing thresholds are effective for transactions closing on or after March 6, 2024, (the “effective date”). The new filing fees will impact any filings made on or after the effective date. Filings made prior to the effective date are not impacted by the changes to either set of thresholds. The HSR Act requires annual adjustment of the thresholds based on the change in the U.S. gross national product. All thresholds will increase from the prior year.

Under the new thresholds, and subject to certain exemptions, HSR forms must be filed when, as a result of an acquisition, the buyer will hold assets, voting securities, and/or non-corporate interests valued in excess of $119.5 million and the transaction involves parties with annual net sales or total assets valued at $23.9 million or more and $239.0 million or more, respectively. If the value of the assets, voting securities, and/or non-corporate interests to be held after the acquisition will exceed $478.0 million, then — again, subject to certain exemptions — HSR filings must be submitted regardless of the size of the parties. 

The chart below summarizes the original thresholds set forth in the HSR Act and regulations, as well as last year’s thresholds and the new thresholds.

  Original Thresholds 2023 Thresholds New 2024 Thresholds
Size-of-Transaction $50 million
$200 million

$111.4 million
$445.5 million

$119.5 million
$478.0 million
Size-of-Person (for transactions valued below $200 million (as adjusted))  $10 million
 $100 million

$22.3 million
$222.7 million

$23.9 million
$239.0 million

Please note that there is no change in dollar values with respect to either (1) the exemption for acquisitions of certain reserves of oil, natural gas, shale or tar sands, or rights to reserves of oil, natural gas, shale or tar sands and associated exploration or production assets valued at less than $500 million, or (2) the exemption for acquisitions of certain reserves of coal, or rights to reserves of coal and associated exploration or production assets valued at less than $200 million

New Filing Fee Tiers


The HSR filing fee structure implemented last year established six filing fee tiers. For some transactions, filing fees will stay the same, while for other transactions, the filing fees will increase. For filings made on or after March 6, 2024, the following new filing fees will apply:

 Transaction Value  Filing Fee
Greater than $119.5 million but less than $173.3 million $30,000
Greater than or equal to $173.3 million but less than $536.5 million $105,000
Greater than or equal to $536.5 million but less than $1.073 billion  $260,000
Greater than or equal to $1.073 billion but less than $2.146 billion $415,000
Greater than or equal to $2.146 billion but less than $5.365 billion $830,000
$5.365 billion or more $2,335,000

After fiscal year 2024 ends, both the fee tiers and the filing fees will be adjusted annually based on changes to the consumer price index.  Any adjustments to the filing fees will be rounded to the nearest $5,000.

Increased Maximum Civil Penalty


The FTC also has announced an increase in the maximum civil penalty amounts for HSR violations from $50,120 per day to $51,744 per day, effective January 10, 2024. The FTC is required by law to adjust the HSR penalty amounts and various other civil penalty amounts annually for inflation pursuant to a cost of living adjustment. 

Other Upcoming Changes


We expect rules to be implemented that will expand the scope of information required in HSR submissions; however, the timing of these rules, as well as what information will be required and in what format, remains to be seen. Please see our Alert from July 2023 for additional information.

Application of the HSR thresholds to a transaction involves detailed knowledge of the HSR Act and its implementing regulations. If you have any questions regarding the HSR Act, the new thresholds or whether a transaction is subject to HSR reporting please contact the authors below or your regular Kirkland contact.

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