European Directories announces acquisition of checkdomain by dogado

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dogado GmbH, a company 70% owned by European Directories group, acquired checkdomain. With the acquisition, dogado now serves more than 190,000 customers with domains, web hosting and cloud services. This makes dogado one of the leading hosting providers in Germany.

The Lübeck-based company checkdomain was founded by Johannes Herold and specialises in domain reservations. With around 800 TLDs from all over the world, checkdomain supports almost every combination of domain extension and desired domain name. Almost 50,000 customers, including customers such as Axel Springer and Sennheiser, value this service and the associated reliability.

For dogado, the acquisition was an important milestone in the company’s own development. Daniel Hagemeier, CEO of dogado, is pleased about the acquisition: “checkdomain and dogado not only share a common market but, above all, a common philosophy: We place the focus on the customer to enable them to operate successfully online. We found the perfect match in checkdomain for providing our customers with ideas for the right name for their online projects.”

Through this acquisition, dogado continues the ongoing consolidation in the hosting market. Thanks to the support of Triton, dogado has completed more than twelve acquisitions in Germany in recent years. Björn Osterloff, Operating Partner and advisor to the Triton funds and responsible for European Directories commented: “Triton’s goal,  through partnership with management teams, is to successfully develop its portfolio companies over the long-term.Together with the dogado management team, we developed a successful acquisition strategy for the hosting market right from the start. Thanks to the rapidly developing size of the company, dogado was able to provide its own customers with an even better portfolio of cloud services.”


For further information, please contact:

Group CFO

Neil Robson
+31 20 408 6400


European Directories Group is an online partner for SMEs offering local search and lead generation with a scalable business model. The European Directories Group operates through fourmain brands: Fonecta in Finland, Herold in Austria, DTG in the Netherlands and dodago in Germany. More information about the European Directories Group can be found at

This information was released for publication at 20:00 CET on 7 January 2019.