A leading provider of web hosting and domain registration services to SMEs and individual customers in the UK and Germany.

Host Europe Group (“Host Europe”) was founded in 1997 and operates under the “webfusion” and “123-reg” brands in the UK and the “Host Europe” brand in Germany.  Montagu established a close relationship with the management, and a clear understanding of the business and were then offered exclusivity in October 2010.


YoY growth during ownership


Registered domain names


SME customers

A Montagu business

  • Large customer base of 730,000 SMEs
  • Highly scalable technology platform
  • Clear market leader in UK and Germany – #1 player in UK domain registration and #1 in the European Virtual Private Servers (“VPS”) market

Structural change to accelerate growth

Montagu supported management in transitioning Host Europe from a country-based to a product-based organisation.  This enabled the team to accelerate organic growth, which was complemented by a number of strategic acquisitions.

Given strong interest in the business during our ownership, we completed the sale of Host Europe to private equity fund Cinven in August 2013.

Deal details

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Year of exit



United Kingdom



Industry Sector

Software & Technology

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