A deal is in the offing, and it’s going to merge into one of the largest domain registries in the world. Donuts Inc., the global leader in next-generation top-level domains (TLD) and digital identity, has announced an agreement to purchase Afilias, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The transaction, which will not include Afilias’ mobile software and registrar businesses, is expected to close in Q4 2020, following successful completion of regulatory requirements.
If you remember the recent fight for the soul of the .org registry, PIR, now Donuts will own the registry which is currently operated by Afilias. Read our blog, Why you might soon buy .Org for Non Profit domains at higher prices
“The Afilias and Donuts teams share a commitment to security, stability and reliability,” Donuts CEO Akram Atallah commented. “This will only grow stronger as we implement the best technologies and services from each organization while maintaining seamless delivery to our registry and registrar partners as well as our end registrants.”
Afilias and Donuts
Afilias registry operates the authoritative directories and DNS for over 200 top-level domains. It business also includes an impressive array of top-level domains such as .info, .global, and .mobi, as well as country codes, dotBrands and other generic TLDs.
Donuts currently runs about 4.5 million domains under management across 242 top level domains, while Afilias has 20 million. About half of Afilias’ domains under management are .org.
Afilias CEO, Hal Lubsen said of the acquisition, “We are thrilled to choose Donuts as the steward for Afilias’ next phase. As a proven leader and innovator, we know that the synergies delivered to our registry clients, registrars and employees will benefit the entire domain community.”
Donuts and Afilias who are advised by Moelis & Company LLC and Sidley Austin LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP respectively have now begun the required regulatory review processes and are cooperating fully to ensure that all requirements are met.
This mega acquisition amplifies Donuts’ commitment to security, stability, and reliability in providing digital identity services across different registrar partners and registry services.
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