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FTC Speaks to Divestitures to Obtain HSR Clearance

By | June 14, 2019

The FTC published its views on divestiture packages used to obtain clearance under the HSR Act.

According to the FTC:

“Before putting pen to paper, parties should discuss with Bureau staff what assets, rights, and personnel should be included in the divestiture package. For instance, assets outside the market of concern may be necessary for the divested business to be competitive and viable, and may need to be included in the divestiture package . . .

Rather than expediting an approvable outcome, parties who skip the preliminary discussions and present signed documents may complicate staff’s analysis of the parties’ proposal and prolong, rather than shorten, the vetting process. Additionally, the Bureau may insist on revisions to the executed agreements or the scope of the proposed divestiture, and may reject the proposal completely. For this reason, it is generally much easier and more efficient to negotiate with draft documents than signed, “final” deal documents that will likely need to be modified and amended.”

The FTC also published two guides expressing its views on divestitures.  One is for acquirers of the target company and the other is for buyers of divested assets.

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