When deciding whether to extend credit, determining which relationships to grow
or working to meet "Know Your Customer" requirements, you need a complete picture
of a business. With Experian’s Corporate Linkage, you’re able to identify
relationships among business locations to gain a complete perspective of a business’s
overall risk and structure. This enables you to find areas of risk and opportunity
as you build profitable relationships with your customers.
Understanding Corporate Linkage
Linkage occurs when one business has financial and legal responsibility for another.
Common linkage identifiers such as branch, headquarters, subsidiary, and ultimate
parent are used to clearly indicate the location type and relationship structure within
the corporate family.
Experian® leverages unique data assets and unparalleled search and match capabilities
to provide linkage on the largest corporate entities down to the small business with
just a few locations.
Commitment to Quality
To ensure the ongoing quality of our linkage, Experian uses a multidimensional
data model. This model uses:
Best-in-class sourced data
TrueSearchSM-based rules to create new family trees and expand existing
A dedicated linkage maintenance team to monitor and update the top corporate families
In addition, real-time database updates allow us to refresh family trees quickly
when changes, such as mergers and acquisitions, occur. This ensures continued data
accuracy and completeness.
Linkage Empowers Businesses
Experian’s Corporate Linkage empowers you with:
Better-informed decisions and enhanced decision-making capabilities through utilization
of information on the parent company and/or ultimate parent company
Assessment of overall corporate exposure within a corporate family
Account penetration analysis and identification of up-sell and cross- sell opportunities
Information to help meet your “Know Your Customer” requirements
Ease of integration through the use of industry-standard linkage classifications
The Experian Edge
The strength and accuracy of our data are the backbone of the products and services
we offer. The following five elements constitute the core of our business and allow
us to be the superior commercial credit provider:
Data sources — include all third- party-sourced information, fresher public
filings and the world’s strongest commercial collections data
BizSourceSM and TrueSearch — best-in-class commercial data storage
and more accurate search and match technology
Business Information Number (BIN) — a unique, persistent business identifier
throughout all products and reports
Corporate Linkage — identifies relationships between businesses, of all
sizes, including small and midsize businesses, one of Experian’s traditional
Modeling and scoring — our unique approach to turning data into actionable
At Experian, we further distinguish ourselves through our award-winning client
services. We are committed to working with you as your partner of choice for your
Our representatives are available to assist you quickly and efficiently with questions
on Corporate Linkage. Our combination of quality data, exceptional service and Corporate
Linkage allows us to provide clients with the accurate information they need, when
they need it.
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