Today group.ONE takes a transformative step and announces a merger with the dogado group to create a leading pan-European provider of online presence solutions for prosumers and small- and medium-sized enterprises.

group.ONE and dogado will together serve 2 million customers across a number of brands including, Hostnet, WP Media, dogado, and Herold. Small- and medium-sized enterprises, as well as professionals and consumers, will continue enjoying best-in-class web and cloud hosting, domain management, business software and digital marketing services.

The two businesses are highly complementary in a number of key areas. group.ONE is a leading provider in the Nordic and Benelux markets while the dogado group is focused on German-speaking countries. The firms will also benefit from complementary product offerings and capabilities and will serve an extended set of customer needs, such that the combined group is a leading one-stop-shop provider of online presence solutions. Both companies have strong financial track records and expect to benefit from structural growth market trends driven by digitalization of SMEs and complexifying customer expectations around digital marketing.

Stephan Wolfram, CEO of group.ONE, comments:

“At group.ONE, we continue our transformational journey. In the last four years, we have completed 10 acquisitions, tripled company revenues, grown our customer base to c.1.6 million customers, and enhanced our product and service offering. With this merger, the combined group will be able to leverage its size and scale to further increase our growth opportunities. The Senior Leadership Team is fully supportive of this transaction. We look forward to achieving further success and working alongside the dogado team.”

The transaction is financed by a re-investment of private equity firm Cinven from Fund 6 into Fund 7, and partnership with leading global investor Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. See more details in the Press release.

Completion of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory and antitrust approvals.


group.ONE is one of Europe’s leading providers of domains, web hosting, website creation tools, and other online solutions. The company serves nearly 1.6 million customers in Northern Europe and beyond through its 10 customer-facing brands, including, Hostnet and WP Media. The Group is headquartered in Malmö, Sweden, and employs more than 650 people globally.

About dogado group

The dogado group is a leading provider of domain, in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It offers mass and cloud hosting and digital marketing services to more than 380,000 customers through brands including dogado, Metanet and Herold. Headquartered in Germany, the company employs more than 450 people.

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