1207008 Informal Interpretation

Date:
Rule:
802.51
Staff:
Michael Verne
Response/Comments:

  – Agree.

Question

From:

(Redacted)

Sent:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 6:42 PM

To:

Verne, B. Michael; Walsh, Kathryn

Subject:

Question re 802.4, 802.50 and Comity

Mikeand Kate,

Canyou tell me whether Informal Opinion 0410003 is still the position of the PNO? http://www.fic.gov/bc/hsr/informal/opinions/0410003.htm.In other words, where the primary acquisition by a foreign person of a foreign issueris exempt under 802.51(b), any secondary acquisitions (whether of US or foreignissuers) are not reportable based on principles of comity?

Doesthis principle also apply where the foreign target is an unincorporated entity,under 802.4 and 802.50? In the transaction I'm looking at, a foreign person("Buyer") will acquire 100% of the interests in eight foreignnon-corporate entities ("Targets") from a single foreign seller.Targets' primary assets are small minority holdings in a number of other persons(Le., unaffiliated companies). Applying 802.4, 802.50 and 801.21, I wouldexclude from the calculus (i) all those minority holdings, (ii) all Targets'foreign assets because, in the aggregate, they generated less than US$68.2million in sales in or into the U.S. in the most recent fiscal year, and (iii)cash and non-voting securities/debt instruments. If Targets' remainingnon-exempt assets have a FMV of less than US$68.2 million (in fact I think it'szero), Buyer's acquisition of Targets would be exempt from HSR notification.Based on principles of comity, would Buyer's secondary acquisitions of theminority interests held by Targets also be non-reportable?

About Informal Interpretations

Informal interpretations provide guidance from previous staff interpretations on the applicability of the HSR rules to specific fact situations. You should not rely on them as a substitute for reading the Act and the Rules themselves. These materials do not, and are not intended to, constitute legal advice.

Learn more about Informal Interpretations.