Decision Nº M/06/072 from Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, 2006-11-13

Decision NumberM/06/072
PartiesApax Partners,Incisive Media
StatusCleared (Phase 1)
Merger Notification M/06/072– Apax Partners/Incisive Media
Section 21 of the Competition Act 2002
Proposed acquisition by Apax Partners Holdings Limited o f
Incisive Media plc
Dated 13/11/06
1. On 27 October 2006, the Competition Authority (“the Authority”), in
accordance with Section 18(1) of the Competition Act, 2002 (“the
Act”), was notified on a mandatory basis of a proposal whereby
Apax Partners Holdings Limited (“Apax Partners”) would acquire
sole control of Incisive Media plc (“Incisive Media”).
The Undertakings Involved
2. Apax Partners, the acquirer, is a private equity investment group
and the parent company of a number of companies that provide
investment management and investment advisory services to
private equity funds mainly in Europe in a range of industry sectors.
Apax Partners is active in publication through two of its portfolio
(a) PCM Uitgevers is a Dutch language publisher that is active in
the publication of national and regional newspapers, as well
as, medical and educational books in the Netherlands; and
(b) World Directories is a producer of telephone directories in
Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Puerto
Rico and South Africa.
Incisive Media, the target, is a provider of business information
through newsletters, magazines, books, conferences and
exhibitions, websites and databases to target audiences.
4. While the und ertakings involved are both generally active in the
publication sector, there is no overlap in their products in the State.
Incisive m edia is mainly involved in the provision of business information
The current activities carried out by Incisive Media do not constitute a “Media Business” as defined
under the Competition Act, 2002.

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