Keeping score: Oracle’s M&A machine

January 28, 2010

On Wednesday, Oracle closed its multi-billion dollar takeover of Sun. A few bullet points from the Thomson Reuters data team:

· Following approval from European anti-trust officials, Oracle’s $5.8 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems was completed today. The transaction is 3rd largest software deal globally since the Tech Boom and the 10th largest on record.

· Since 2004, Oracle has been the most active acquirer in the software sector based on advisory fees. Oracle was the acquirer on 5 of the largest 10 software deals since the Tech Boom.

· In 2009 Software transactions accounted for 11% of the global M&A fee pool, the highest portion since 2000 when the sector accounted for just over 21% of the fee pool.

· Fees generated globally by the software industry in 2009 were up 36% versus 2008 despite the fact the number of deals was down 19% from the previous year.

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