TechnologyAccounting SoftwareOracle ‘has tricks up its sleeve’ for bid

Oracle 'has tricks up its sleeve' for bid

Oracle has promised that it has 'a few tricks up its sleeve' should it gain regulatory approval for its increasingly hostile bid for rival PeopleSoft.

Oracle intends to launch a proxy fight at PeopleSoft’s shareholder meeting in Spring 2004 after regulatory hurdles are cleared.

But before it can show its hand, Oracle must wait for the US Department of Justice to rule whether its proposed acquisition would raise any antitrust issues. A decision is expected this autumn.

‘At the proxy fight, we’re going to have a few things up our sleeve,’ said Chuck Phillips, executive vice-president at Oracle. Phillips was speaking at the OracleWorld user conference in San Francisco last week, where he claimed the DoJ and EC were PeopleSoft’s best hopes of fending off a deal.

But he said Oracle was confident the authorities would give their approval.

According to Phillips, a successful acquisition would benefit customers and create a company capable of competing against current market leaders SAP and Microsoft.

While PeopleSoft president and chief executive Craig Conway has described the battle as ‘over’, further skirmishes look set for the autumn, and again early next year, leaving customers facing the prospect of months of uncertainty.

European regulators are also pouring over the details of the bid, and are expected to rule within a similar timeframe.

Related Articles

5 key tech innovations helping accountants transform their businesses

Accounting Software 5 key tech innovations helping accountants transform their businesses

3w Heather Darnell, Founder of Ask the BOSS
Finance and the tech foundation: what’s needed to deliver impactful business insights?

Accounting Software Finance and the tech foundation: what’s needed to deliver impactful business insights?

3m Workday | Sponsored
Best accounting software for businesses in the UK

Accounting Software Best accounting software for businesses in the UK

3m Accountancy Age, Reporters
Making sense of enterprise tech concepts for finance teams

Accounting Software Making sense of enterprise tech concepts for finance teams

4m Workday | Sponsored
Open Banking: what you need to know

Accounting Software Open Banking: what you need to know

4m Edward Berks, Xero
Accountancy in the digital age: Flexibility, agility, efficiency

Accounting Software Accountancy in the digital age: Flexibility, agility, efficiency

6m Pegasus Software | Sponsored
Sage purchases Intacct in its largest ever acquisition

Accounting Software Sage purchases Intacct in its largest ever acquisition

10m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
5 tips for SMEs to protect cash flow

Accounting Software 5 tips for SMEs to protect cash flow

10m Alia Shoaib, Reporter