Donuts Inc.’s Acquisition Of Afilias, Inc.

Sidley Austin and Moelis & Company advised Afilias, Inc. on the deal, while Kirkland & Ellis advised Donuts.

Donuts Inc., the global leader in next generation top-level domains (TLD) and digital identity, entered into an agreement to purchase Afilias, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The transaction, which will not include Afilias’ mobile software and registrar businesses, is expected to close in Q4 2020, following successful completion of regulatory requirements.

The Sidley Austin team advising Afilias was led by Martin Wellington (Picture) and Sally Wagner Partin (M&A), and included Katherine Gomer and BinQuan Zhuang (M&A), and Rachel Kleinberg and Jonathan Westreich (Tax).

The Kirkland team advising Donuts was led by transactional partners Joshua Kogan, Carlo Zenkner and Dave Gusella and associates Emily Deagen, Luke Schafer and Malorie Frayssinet, tax partner Vin Thorn and associate Aime Salazar, intellectual property partner Matthew Lovell and associates Chris Hinman and Melissa Moreno, executive compensation partner Matthew Shiels and associates John Kleinjan and Katherine Baker, real estate partner Jennifer Sheehan and associate Sohil Khurana, environmental partner Toby Chun and associate Michael Mahoney, employment & labor partner Richard Kidd and associates Xander Flynn-Tabloff and Caitlin Koseck, employee benefits partner Alexandra Mihalas and associate Hannah Barlow, international trade partners Shawn Cooley and Sanjay Mullick, Of Counsel Abigail Cotterill and associate Jeremy Iloulian, antitrust partners Carla Hine and Thomas Sebastian Wilson and associates Shahrzad Sadjadi and Philipp Gnatzy, and debt finance partner Ashley Gregory and associate Roxanne Walton.

Involved fees earner: Katherine Baker – Kirkland & Ellis; Hannah Barlow – Kirkland & Ellis; Toby Chun – Kirkland & Ellis; Shawn Cooley – Kirkland & Ellis; Abigail Cotterill – Kirkland & Ellis; Emily Deagen – Kirkland & Ellis; Alexander Flynn-Tabloff – Kirkland & Ellis; Ashley Gregory – Kirkland & Ellis; Dave Gusella – Kirkland & Ellis; Carla Hine – Kirkland & Ellis; Christopher Hinman – Kirkland & Ellis; Jeremy Iloulian – Kirkland & Ellis; Sohil Khurana – Kirkland & Ellis; Richard Kidd – Kirkland & Ellis; John Kleinjan – Kirkland & Ellis; Joshua Kogan – Kirkland & Ellis; Caitlin Koseck – Kirkland & Ellis; Matthew Lovell – Kirkland & Ellis; Michael Mahoney – Kirkland & Ellis; Alexandra Mihalas – Kirkland & Ellis; Melissa Moreno – Kirkland & Ellis; Sanjay Mullick – Kirkland & Ellis; Shahrzad Sadjadi – Kirkland & Ellis; Aime Salazar – Kirkland & Ellis; Luke Schafer – Kirkland & Ellis; Jennifer Sheehan – Kirkland & Ellis; Matthew Shiels – Kirkland & Ellis; Vincent Thorn – Kirkland & Ellis; Roxanne Walton – Kirkland & Ellis; Thomas Wilson – Kirkland & Ellis; Carlo Zenkner – Kirkland & Ellis; Philipp Gnatzy – Latham & Watkins; Katherine Gomer – Sidley Austin LLP; Rachel Kleinberg – Sidley Austin LLP; Sally Wagner Partin – Sidley Austin LLP; Martin Wellington – Sidley Austin LLP; Jonathan Westreich – Sidley Austin LLP; BinQuan Zhuang – Sidley Austin LLP;

Law Firms: Kirkland & Ellis; Latham & Watkins; Sidley Austin LLP;

Clients: Afilias; Donuts;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti