Introduction On 11 July 2017 the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), Ireland’s competition agency, cleared the acquisition by Mediawatch Limited, trading as Kantar Media (Kantar Media), an indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary of WPP plc (WPP), of Newsaccess Limited (Newsaccess), subject to a structural remedy.  It was determined that given this remedy the merger would not lead to a substantial lessening of competition (SLC), the competition test used by the CCPC. The Kantar Media/Newsaccess transaction was notified 9 March 2017 and cleared after an extended Phase I investigation. There was no appeal from the CCPC’s decision. The Kantar Media/Newsaccess transaction is noteworthy for four reasons. First, the merger had been partially consummated prior to
The Irish Competition Authority clears an acquisition subject to a structural remedy in the media monitoring business (Kantar Media / Newsaccess)
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