Media intelligence merger referred for in-depth CMA investigationStaff Writer | June 25, 2018
The proposed merger of data company Nielsen and the advertising intelligence division of Ebiquity has been referred for an in-depth investigation.
Merger The CMA found that the companies are each other’s closest competitor
While they face some competition from firms offering this service for digital advertising, no firm competes with Nielsen and Ebiquity for detailed intelligence across all UK media channels.
The CMA also found that the companies are each other’s closest competitor in the supply of intelligence on international advertising to UK customers, and that they face only limited competition from other suppliers for this service.
The CMA said it would refer the merger for an in-depth (phase 2) investigation unless both parties offered acceptable undertakings to address these concerns.
Nielsen and Ebiquity have not offered any undertakings and the CMA will now refer the merger for an in-depth investigation by an independent group of panel members, supported by a team of CMA staff. The team has 24 weeks to complete the process. ■