Randy Gordon Comments on Federal Judge Ruling Against Sysco's Merger with U.S. Foods


The Houston Chronicle covered the recent development in the merger between the two national broad-line food distributors Sysco Corp. and U.S. Foods. On June 23, a federal judge ruled against the merger, siding with federal regulators who argue that the combination could stifle competition. The $3.5 billion deal has been pending since Dec. 2013. After Tuesday's ruling, Sysco and U.S. Foods cannot move forward with the merger without further review. 

Gardere Partner Randy Gordon told that publication that it is not uncommon for companies to give up a merger at this stage, but the regulators haven't won yet. "We see these go both ways," he said. "The FTC of course has a great deal of credibility, they have a great deal of expertise in this area ... so their arguments do pack a lot of punch, but they don't always win." 

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