Oracle Mounts EC Counterattack

 |  Includes: JAVA, MSFT, ORCL, SAP
by: The Deal Economy

It's not much of a surprise, but Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ:ORCL) isn't rolling over in the face of European antitrust objections over its pending bid for Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA).

Reports emerging from Oracle's meeting Thursday with the European Commission describe the enterprise software giant as mounting a stiff counterattack against Brussels, which has complained that combining Sun's MySQL open-source database unit with Oracle's proprietary database software would harm competition. The Wall Street Journal on Friday says that Oracle accused the EC of misrepresenting the views of database users to bolster its case, and distorting the view of the marketplace by cherry-picking data that supported its arguments.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) and SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) Friday were expected to meet with EC regulators to put forth their complaints against their rival's deal. Finnish software pioneer Monty Widenius, the creator of MySQL, was also expected to attend Friday's meeting. Widenius has suggested that Oracle divest the database business. - Olaf de Senerpont Domis