Yesterday, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it has settled its lawsuit against ValueAct Capital Management L.P. (“ValueAct”) for violating the Hart- Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”). The settlement is noteworthy for two principal reasons: (i) the size of the civil penalty ($11 million); and (ii) the scope of the injunctive relief, which may signal an increasingly restrictive approach to the availability of the “investment-only” HSR exemption for certain investment firms. The HSR Act requires pre-notification of acquisitions of voting securities, assets,

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