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Domain services

Vespa Capital invested in Com Laude in 2017

Business Profile

  • Com Laude provides Client-Shaped domain and consultancy services to multinational corporate brand owners, enabling them to effectively manage their critical domain name assets and protecting them against brand and security infringements.

  • Com Laude provides five core Client-Shaped service pillars; Domain Management (registrations, renewals, audits and acquisitions), Watch and Enforcement (domain name monitoring with recovery and dispute management), Security (to mitigate and help prevent cyber-attacks and online fraud), Dot Brands (assessment, engagement and delivery for the next round of Dot Brand applications), and Consultancy.

  • Com laude has c. 300,000 domains under management and provides its services to a loyal and growing base of over 500 client and channel partners. Com Laude is strongly endorsed by some of the world's most recognisable brands.

Key Strengths

Vespa Capital invested in Com Laude Group in May 2017 attracted by its global blue-chip customer base and market leading position in new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) registry services. Since acquiring the business Vespa Capital has worked with the Group management to strengthen the management team, widen Com Laude's global reach and build out its product offering, which was partly delivered through the acquisition of Demys.

  • Experienced management team; In particular Nick Wood and Lorna Gradden are respected ‘Thought Leaders’ within the industry. They are supported by a highly skilled management team.
  • Domain names are critical infrastructure to corporates and groups. The Group’s offering services brand owners requirement to secure Intellectual Property rights in the expanding and developing global domain name ecosystem. 
  • The Group service combines highly professional, personalised, customer service with market leading technology, having invested significantly in core technologies and innovative platforms since inception.
  • Com Laude works with leading global corporations, including 13 of Interbrand’s “Best 100 Global Brands.
  • During Round One of ICANN’s new gTLD registry program, Com Laude managed 120 applications, 18% of those submitted by brands.

 

What Com Laude says

The opportunity to partner with Vespa Capital is an exciting moment for us. We are proud of our heritage and the quality of the team we work with. It is our staff’s expertise in the provision of domain management security and strategic advice that sets us apart. This investment will strengthen our market position and enable us to grow.

Lorna Gradden, Co-Founder, Com Laude Group