After months of delay, the $13.5 billion merger of
will be voted on -- and almost certainly approved -- by shareholders on June 24.
Late Thursday, the companies announced that the last bit of red tape --
Securities and Exchange Commission
approval of the companies' joint proxy statement -- had been removed.
If approved by shareholders, the companies will merge by the end of June or early July.
The merger was announced in December and hasn't been well-received on Wall Street. Analysts are concerned that Veritas could slow Symantec's torrid growth rate, and they wonder if there will be constructive synergies between two very different companies -- a security software vendor and a maker of storage management software.