Exclusive: Interview with the FTC’s Stephen Weissman

In choosing to challenge the merger of Sysco Corp. and US Foods, the Federal Trade Commission made no conscious attempt to draw a line in the sand for future cases.

Every merger is going to be judged by antitrust regulators on the individual facts of the case and not by a clear red line that does not account for the totality of facts, according to Stephen Weissman, Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, who led the legal team in the Sysco case. “I think the lesson in this case, in particular, is that merger analysis is very, very, very fact

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Ed Roberts

Ed Roberts

Ed Roberts began reporting for CTFN in September of 2014. Ed specializes in litigation and regulatory matters. He attended and reported on every major antitrust trial of 2015 and 2016, has covered complex multi-jurisdictional cases such as Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, and has interviewed senior officials at regulatory bodies such as the FTC. Previously, Ed was a Washington-based reporter covering Congress and Wall Street for a variety of publications for more than two decades. His work has appeared in American Banker, US Banker, National Mortgage News, Payment Source, and the Credit Union Journal, which he co-founded, as well as in numerous daily newspapers. He is a former SEC Bureau Chief for States News Service and is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Public Communication.

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