SAP wins EC approval for Sybase deal

SAP has won European Commission approval for its acquisition of Sybase.

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SAP has won European Commission approval for its acquisition of Sybase.

The approval satisfies the last remaining regulatory hurdle for the roughly US$6 billion deal, from which SAP will gain a range of database and mobile technologies.

Meanwhile, in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week, SAP said it had reached an agreement on the principal terms of a settlement with a number of shareholders who had filed class action suits to block the sale.

First announced in May, the Sybase acquisition has moved along much more quickly than SAP rival Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems, which was finalized earlier this year.

European regulators subjected the Sun deal to protracted scrutiny following concerns over the fate of open-source technologies like the MySQL database under Oracle.

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