Posts from February 2023.

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) requires premerger notifications to be filed for larger transactions in order to prevent monopolies and other anti-competitive effects. Unless an exemption applies, acquisitions that exceed certain threshold amounts for the sizes of the transaction, the acquiring person, and the acquired person are subject to antitrust review by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the FTC) and/or the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.

PFAS, short for per- and poly-fluoroalkyls substances are man-made chemicals used to make hundreds of products for home and industry use, ranging from stain proofing and waterproofing to firefighting and non-stick surfaces. They are among the most durable and task-effective man-made chemicals, yet they can exist in the environment for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, PFAS are associated with serious health risks including cancer, children’s developmental issues, immune system and endocrine disruption, and diabetes. The greatest area of public concern is contaminated drinking water. Human exposure also occurs in soils, surface water contamination, air emissions and workplace exposure (especially manufacturing and firefighting). 

Private placements can be a great resource for companies to raise capital in the current economic environment. They are cost effective in comparison to public offerings and provide greater decision-making latitude to current owners. Raising capital while keeping an entity private is an effective method for growing a business. Keeping a company private helps officers and directors take a long-term view of the company. Further, staying private has reduced administrative costs compared to public companies because private companies do not have the ongoing reporting obligations of public companies. Private placements allow companies to structure investments to meet their needs by issuing debt or equity investments under their terms. Whether the company is a newly formed start-up seeking the capital necessary to grow its business, or the company is more mature and would like to expand its ownership group by taking on new investors, private placements are versatile in how they serve companies.

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