1709002 Informal Interpretation

Date:

Tags:

Rule:
801.30(a)(3), 803.5(a)(2)
Staff:
Diana Gillis
Response/Comments:

Sorry, no – the requirements to file as a tender offer would have to be met.

Question

Sorry, no – the requirements to file as a tender offer would have to be met.

From: [Redacted]

Sent: Friday, September 08, 2017 5:27 PM

To: Gillis, Diana L.; Shaffer, Kristin; Walsh, Kathryn E.; Carson, Timothy; Berg, Karen E.; Whitehead, Nora

Subject: RE: HSR Notification Threshold

Thanks, Diana. If the bases is 801.30(a)(1) and (5) for the toehold and (a)(3) for the 50% acquisition, but the client hasn’t yet made the public announcement of the TO, would they be able to file on that basis?

Thanks again,

[Redacted]

From: Gillis, Diana L. [mailto:dgillis@ftc.gov]

Sent: Friday, September 8, 2017 2:40 PM

To:[Redacted]; Shaffer, Kristin <kshaffer@ftc.gov>; Walsh, Kathryn E. <kwalsh@ftc.gov>; Carson, Timothy <tcarson@ftc.gov>; Berg, Karen E. <KBERG@ftc.gov>; Whitehead, Nora <nwhitehead@ftc.gov>

Subject: RE: HSR Notification Threshold

If the buyer is able to attest to its good faith intention to acquire 50% or more, via a sub‐part(s) of 801.30, then they could file.

From: [Redacted]

Sent: Friday, September 08, 2017 1:42 PM

To: Shaffer, Kristin; Walsh, Kathryn E.; Gillis, Diana L.; Carson, Timothy; Berg, Karen E.; Whitehead, Nora

Subject: HSR Notification Threshold

Dear all –

Our client has the current intention to acquire Company X, a publicly listed company. It hasn’t yet worked out the corporate mechanics of how it will do so, but it may be via a tender offer, among other possible structures. The client intends to make the acquisition within the next year. In the meantime, the client would like to acquire a toehold in Company X valued in excess of $80.8 million. Can the client submit an HSR Form, filing for the 50% HSR notification threshold, covering both the toehold acquisition and the acquisition of the entire company?

Many thanks, as always, for your guidance and have a great weekend.

Best,

[Redacted]

 

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