Oracle ULA

Oracle ULA and Mergers & Acquisitions: A Comprehensive Guide

Introduction to Oracle ULA and mergers and acquisitions

In the world of IT business, understanding the intricacies of Oracle Unlimited License Agreements (ULAs) becomes crucial, especially when it comes to mergers and acquisitions. This article will delve into:

  • How Oracle ULA contracts operate in the context of mergers and acquisitions
  • The different contract setups and their implications
  • The necessary steps and considerations for organizations engaged in mergers and acquisitions

Oracle ULA in Merger and Aquisitions

Oracle ULA contracts can be quite restrictive, particularly when customers are engaged in mergers and acquisitions.

This is understandable, given the potentially massive impact unlimited deployment can have. For instance, if a larger organization acquires a small company with a ULA, and the larger organization could use the ULA that the smaller organization had across their estate, it would have a significant business impact.

How Does Oracle ULA Work about Mergers and Acquisitions?

How Oracle ULA operates in the context of mergers and acquisitions largely depends on what you negotiated with Oracle.

The three most common contract setups are:

  1. No clause in your Oracle ULA: In this case, the ULA does not provide any specific provisions for mergers and acquisitions.
  2. A clause allowing you to add legal entities that you acquire with a maximum of 10% of your employee population: For example, if you have 40,000 employees and acquire a legal entity with 2,000 employees, that is allowed per the contract. However, you may not include a legal entity with over 4,000 employees.
  3. A clause that allows you to add organizations with a maximum of up to 10% of your company revenue: This clause allows for the inclusion of acquired entities based on the revenue they generate.

Choice for Customers

When negotiating Oracle ULAs, you must study the options to decide which contract option is best for your organization. Is a 10% cap on revenue or employees more suitable for your circumstances? This decision will depend on your company’s specific situation and plans.

What Happens if the Entity That Signed a ULA is Acquired?

If the legal entity that signed a ULA is acquired, the ULA should automatically start the certification process. The acquired entity must provide Oracle with certification/deployment numbers, and the ULA will effectively end.

If Your Organization is Engaged in a Merger and Acquisition

Suppose your organization is engaged in a merger and acquisition, and you don’t have a contract term, or the scenario exceeds contractually allowed. In that case, you need to negotiate a solution with Oracle. This may involve amending the terms of the ULA or negotiating a new agreement that better suits the merged entity’s needs.


What is an Oracle ULA?

An Oracle Unlimited License Agreement (ULA) is a contract that allows the licensee to use an unlimited quantity of a specified product for a fixed period.

How does an Oracle ULA work in the context of mergers and acquisitions?

The operation of an Oracle ULA during a merger or acquisition depends on the specific terms negotiated in the contract. Some ULAs may have clauses allowing the inclusion of acquired entities up to a certain percentage of the company’s employee population or revenue.

What happens if the entity that signed a ULA is acquired?

If the entity that signed a ULA is acquired, the ULA should automatically start the certification process, effectively ending the ULA.

What should I do if my organization is engaged in a merger or acquisition and we have an Oracle ULA?

If your organization is involved in a merger or acquisition and you have an Oracle ULA, you should review the specific terms of your contract. If the merger or acquisition scenario exceeds what is contractually allowed, you must negotiate a solution with Oracle.

Can I add an acquired entity to my Oracle ULA?

If your company, which holds an Oracle ULA, is acquired, the ULA should automatically start the certification process. This effectively ends the ULA, and the acquired entity will need to provide Oracle with certification/deployment numbers.


In conclusion, Oracle ULAs can be complex, especially regarding mergers and acquisitions. It’s crucial to understand the specific terms of your contract and how they may impact your contractual compliance.

Contact Redress Compliance if you wish to have expert assistance.


  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson possesses 20 years of experience in Oracle license management. Having worked at Oracle for 9 years, he gained an additional 11 years of expertise in Oracle license consulting projects. Fredrik has provided assistance to over 150 organizations worldwide, ranging in size and tackling various Oracle licensing challenges, including Licensing Assessments, Oracle audits, Oracle ULAs, and more.