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Former ICANN vice-chair Disspain joins Donuts

ICANN’s influential former vice-chair Chris Disspain, has evidently become the latest former ICANN top dog to take a job at portfolio registry Donuts. I’m told Disspain has joined the company as senior policy advisor to CEO Akram Atallah. H...
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Breaking: Ethos Capital acquires Donuts

Former ICANN CEO’s private equity firm buys out Abry Partners’ stake in Donuts, giving it a controlling interest. Top level domain company Donuts announced today that Ethos Capital has acquired Abry Partners’ stake in the company, giving Ethos a controlling interest in the firm. I reported on this potential tie-up last month but could not […]

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Donuts top 20 premium (channel) sales of 2020

Here are the top channel sales of 2020 and how they are being used. Like most top level domain companies, Donuts sells the best domain names in its portfolio at premium prices. These premiums are usually charged for the initial registration and renewals. Many of these premium domains carry just a slight premium to normal […]

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Donuts completes Afilias acquisition

Donuts now owns Afilias. Top level domain name company Donuts has completed its acquisition of Afilias, the company announced today. Donuts’ CEO Akram Atallah said, “We expect no changes in the short term, and ample notice on any changes that are decided. Security, stability and reliability continue to be our top priorities.” Those changes could […]

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Is Chehadé why ICANN’s board is reviewing Afilias deal?

Fadi Chehadé is still on Donuts’ board. Top level domain name company Donuts announced last month that it is acquiring Afilias. Later this week, ICANN’s board of directors will consider a change of control request for Afilias. As Kevin Murphy of DomainIncite wrote in a post yesterday, it’s unusual for ICANN’s board to be consulted about […]

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ICANN could block Donuts from buying Afilias

In what appears to be an almost unprecedented move, ICANN is to review Donuts’ proposed acquisition of rival Afilias at the highest level, raising a question mark over the industry mega-merger. The org’s board of directors will meet Thursda...
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Donuts is acquiring Afilias

A blockbuster transaction in the domain name industry as two registries combine. Donuts, the largest top level domain name operator in terms of number of extensions, is acquiring domain name registry Afilias. The deal does not include Afilias’ mobile software and domain registrar businesses. Afilias operates the backend registry for over 200 top level domain […]

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