Zoopla and Digital Property Group merger completes
1st June 2012
The merger between Zoopla Ltd and The Digital Property Group Ltd has now completed, it was announced today. The transaction, which was agreed last October, had been pending subject to clearance from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) which was granted in April.
The newly enlarged company will be headed up by Alex Chesterman, Zoopla’s Founder & CEO, who will continue in the role of CEO and David Dutton, former Chairman of Digital Property Group, will become its Chairman.
Integration of the businesses is now underway, although expected to take some months to finalise. In the meantime, it will be business as usual for both companies, which we will be operated separately until the integration has been completed. Once fully integrated, the enlarged business will have an unrivalled position in the UK online property market in terms of audience, brands, partnerships, products and proposition.
Each of the existing brands of the combined business - Zoopla.co.uk, FindaProperty.com and Primelocation.com - will continue to operate for the foreseeable future. The employees from both businesses will be combined to form a single world-class team and, as a result of the merger and the duplication of certain roles, a formal consultation process is now underway with the staff of both businesses.
Alex Chesterman, Founder & CEO of Zoopla said:“This merger is a huge step towards our goal of becoming the UK’s most useful online resource for property consumers and most effective online marketing partner for property advertisers. We still have much work to do over the coming months, but the result of integrating these businesses will be a significantly enhanced experience for our users and significantly enhanced value for our advertisers.”
David Dutton, Chairman of Digital Property Group, said, “This is an exciting day. Our combined businesses have the scale and the resources to transform the online property sector for the benefit of consumers and advertisers alike. We are committed to providing the most innovative products and the most cost-effective advertising propositions, which will give our users and members a genuine powerful alternative in our marketplace.”
Advisors on the deal:
- Sole financial advisors to Zoopla Ltd and A&N Media - Lepe Partners
- Legal advisors to Zoopla Ltd – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
- Legal advisors to A&N Media – Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP
- Legal advisors on competition matters - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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Notes to editors
Zoopla.co.uk is the UK's most comprehensive property website, focused on empowering users with the resources they need to make better-informed property decisions. We help consumers both find their next home and research the market by combining hundreds of thousands of property listings with market data, local information and community tools.
At Zoopla.co.uk we are fans of transparency and everything we do is aimed at making the market more efficient for both property consumers and advertisers alike. Zoopla.co.uk has rapidly become the UK's leading online destination for property consumers to search for homes and do their market research and the favoured online marketing partner for UK estate agents, letting agents and property developers.
Launched in 2008, Zoopla.co.uk has since been one of the fastest growing websites in the UK, now attracting over 20 million visits per month and we are proud to have collected numerous awards and accolades along the way, including being named one of the Top 10 UK Tech Companies (Guardian) and one of the Top 10 Most Innovative UK Companies (Smarta).
Zoopla.co.uk is part of Zoopla Property Group Plc, a privately held company whose shareholders include dmg media (a division of DMGT), leading venture capital firms Atlas Venture and Octopus Ventures and a handful of well-respected angel investors. The company has a highly-experienced management team, led by Founder & CEO, Alex Chesterman.
Zoopla Property Group Plc, Harlequin Building, 65 Southwark Street, London SE1 0HR
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About Digital Property Group
Digital Property Group is a subsidiary of Zoopla Ltd, and operates property websites Primelocation.com and FindaProperty.com.
Primelocation.com (www.primelocation.com) serves the leading estate agency firms across the UK, including the major national agencies Countrywide, Savills, Knight Frank, Hamptons International, Chesterton Humberts, Strutt & Parker, Cluttons, Carter Jonas, as well as many other London and regional firms.
FindaProperty.com (www.findaproperty.com) offers a comprehensive search facility for house-hunters looking to buy or rent a home. In 2011, FindaProperty.com won Property Portal of the Year in the LSL awards. The site includes independent editorial on the housing market, as well as guides on different aspects of the buying, selling and renting processes, and area profiles including information on council tax rates, school tables and crime rates. Findaproperty.com lists close to 1 million properties for sale or rent from over 12,600 agent branches.