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Merger Review to Continue During Government Shutdown

gavelIn anticipation of the shutdown by the U.S. federal government, which began early this morning, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) released contingency plans that detail the impact on all aspects of the agencies’ operations, including their review of mergers and acquisitions.

The Bureau of Competition at the FTC will maintain a limited staff to accept and process new Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) filings. The agencies will then determine whether circumstances warrant further investigation of any reported transaction during the shutdown.

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