In response to COVID-19, the FTC’s Premerger Notification Office (PNO) just announced several changes for all Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) filings going forward. While these changes have been described as temporary, no specific end date has been identified.
- Hard copy HSR filings will no longer be accepted, until further notice
- No HSR filings whatsoever may be submitted on Monday, March 16.
- Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, HSR filings must be submitted through a new, temporary e-filing system. That system is not yet operational. It will require parties to upload documents to a secure FTP site.
- While this temporary e-filing system is in place, early termination will not be granted for any filing.