Statute, Rules and Formal Interpretations

Statute, Rules and Regulations (GPO ACCESS)

Statement of Basis and Purpose 
The Statement of Basis and Purpose is what the agency uses to explain proposed rules and articulate changes to final rules.

Formal Interpretations

Informal Interpretations of the HSR Act and Rules

If, after reviewing the statute and rules, you still need input on whether your transaction structure requires premerger notification, email HSRHelp@ftc.gov for informal guidance from Premerger Notification Office (PNO) staff. This informal advice is not binding on the PNO, Commission staff or the Commission, but is provided to assist your determination of reportability. You may review previously provided informal advice in the PNO’s informal interpretation database. Please note that any email asking for advice may be posted to the informal interpretation database.