Webcast: Discussion of FTC’s Proposed Changes to Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Premerger Notification Form

August 3, 2023

Partners from Gibson Dunn’s antitrust and corporate practice groups discuss proposed changes and additions to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger notification form, including a review of key changes, their potential impact on HSR filing preparation and transaction timelines, as well as preliminary thoughts on new best practices to address these developments.

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Christopher M. Wilson is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. Mr. Wilson assists clients in navigating DOJ, FTC, and international competition authority investigations as well as private party litigation involving complex antitrust and consumer protection issues, including matters implicating the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, the FTC Act, the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) merger review process, as well as international and state competition statutes. His experience crosses multiple industries, including health insurance, transportation, telecommunications, technology, energy, agriculture, and biotechnology, and his particular areas of focus include merger enforcement, interlocking directorates, joint ventures, compliance programs, and employee “no-poach” agreements. He is also well-versed in cross-border investigations involving the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Korea, and Saudi Arabia, among other jurisdictions.

Sophia (Vandergrift) Hansell is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher. She is a member of the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. Before joining the firm, Ms. Hansell served as an attorney in the Mergers IV Division of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, where she focused on merger review and enforcement litigation. At the FTC, Ms. Hansell was a core member of trial teams that blocked proposed mergers for Sysco and US Foods, Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem, and Wilhelmsen and Drew Marine. Previously, Ms. Hansell served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the General Crimes Division. Leveraging her experience in government enforcement, Ms. Hansell’s practice focuses on complex antitrust litigation and investigations before the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and state attorneys general. She also has experience counseling companies on a broad range of competition issues relating to M&A transactions, including pre-deal risk assessments, transaction negotiations, and gun jumping issues. Ms. Hansell also develops and executes strategies to secure merger clearance with U.S. and foreign competition authorities.

Jamie France is of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is a member of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. Jamie represents clients in merger and non-merger investigations before the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice as well as in complex private and government antitrust litigation. She also counsels clients on antitrust merger and conduct matters and has been involved in representing targets of antitrust-related grand jury investigations by the DOJ. Her experience encompasses a broad range of industries, including healthcare, consumer goods, retail, gaming, pharmaceuticals, wood products, and chemicals. She joined the firm after six years as an attorney in the Mergers IV Division of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, where she served in lead roles on high-profile merger investigations and enforcement actions. Jamie has significant experience litigating merger challenges and was an integral member of the FTC’s trial teams on FTC v. Thomas Jefferson University, FTC v. Hackensack Meridian Health, FTC v. Sanford Health, FTC v. Advocate Health Care Network, and FTC v. Benco Dental Supply. She was twice honored with the FTC’s Janet D. Steiger Award for her contributions to the Sanford and Advocate litigations. Before joining the FTC, Jamie was an associate in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office.

Sarah Graham is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she is a member of the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. She regularly represents private equity funds, strategic and financial investors, media and entertainment companies, technology companies, gaming companies, and other clients in various types of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments and restructurings. Ms. Graham is also a member of the following Gibson Dunn practice groups: Private Equity, Media, Entertainment and Technology, Betting and Gaming, and Sports Law.


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