EU probes $7.8 billion Oracle deal

Oracle’s proposed merger with Sun Microsystems offers the latest example of how the European Commission sometimes has a different view of antitrust issues than the Department of Justice. The objection to the deal by Europe’s top antitrust regulator also offers an example of the increasing importance of good communication across the Atlantic. It’s a growing challenge — a double-barreled challenge: Companies have to understand official thinking in Brussels, and be able to get their own message across.

Allan Golombek

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