A majority of Lawson Software shareholders approved the company's sale to Infor and Golden Gate Capital during a meeting on Wednesday, paving the way for the creation of the industry's third largest ERP (enterprise resource planning) software vendor after SAP and Oracle.

The $1.8 billion (£1.12 billion) sale, "is advisable, fair and in the best interest of Lawson stockholders," CEO Harry Debes said. Shareholders asked no questions about the deal.

A number of Lawson shareholders had filed lawsuits against the acquisition, saying the $11.25 per share price agreed upon was unfair. Those legal matters were expected to be settled "on or about June 22," Lawson said in a filing with the US Securities & Exchange Commission last week.

The addition of Lawson will give Infor a strong hand in healthcare and human resources software. It would also stand as a major initial milestone for Infor CEO Charles Phillips, a former Oracle co-president who is credited with playing a key role in that vendor's long string of acquisitions.