Unilever and Bestfoods announced today that the waiting period under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Act has expired for their proposed merger pursuant to which Unilever has agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Bestfoods for $73 per share in cash. The waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act refers to the time, after the parties to a merger have filed notification forms, during which they are not allowed to complete the proposed transaction.