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Freshfields advises Cinven and Ontario Teachers’ on group.ONE and dogado group combination

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (‘Freshfields’) is advising international private equity firm Cinven, and leading global investor Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, (‘Ontario Teachers’’), on an investment in the combination of group.ONE and the dogado group (‘dogado’).

Cinven and Ontario Teachers’ have today announced that the Seventh Cinven Fund, in partnership with Ontario Teachers’, have agreed to acquire and combine group.ONE and dogado.

The combination of group.ONE and dogado will create a leading pan-European one-stop-shop provider of online presence solutions for small- and medium-sized enterprises (‘SMEs’) and small-office home-offices (‘SOHOs’) including domain, web hosting, cloud hosting, business software and digital marketing services.

The Freshfields team advising Cinven and Ontario Teachers’ is led by financial sponsors partners Alastair Brown, Victoria Sigeti and Wessel Heukamp, financing and capital markets partner Aled Batey, antitrust, competition and trade partner Martin McElwee, and tax partners May Smith and David Beutel.

This latest acquisition carries on Freshfields’ long-standing relationships with Cinven and Ontario Teachers’, having also advised Cinven this year on its acquisition of life insurer International Financial Group Limited and Ontario Teachers’ on the sale of Camelot.

Further information on Cinven and Ontario Teachers’ investment can be found here.