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Trellian Expands Its .AU Drop Catching Business with Acquisition of DomainShield.com.au

Trellian, the parent company of popular domain monetization, portfolio management and sales platform Above.com, has just added more horsepower to their .AU (Australian ccTLD) domain drop catching business by acquiring one of the most successful firms in that field - DomainShield.com.au. Only a handful  of auDA accredited registrars are authorized to drop catch so this acquisition, combined with Trellian's acquisition of Drop.com.au (another popular drop catch platform and registrar) last February, puts Trellian in an especially favorable spot for catching high quality expiring .au domain names. 

The two drop catching operations will gradually be consolidated under the Drop.com.au brand, taking the best parts from each platform, plus many other functions from the existing Above.com Domain Portfolio Manager and Marketplace.

Trellian CEO David Warmuz

Trellian CEO David Warmuz said, "After our Drop.com.au acquisition we quickly realized that there was one key component missing: .au drop catch know how. We could learn and fine tune, but this would take months or years. Or we could partner with someone that obviously has the missing piece. So having someone like Anthony Peake (DomainShield.com.au CEO) on board just made sense. I am eager to see what the future holds and I look forward to working with Anthony on reviving the Drop.com.au drop catch platform."

Peake is already very familiar with Drop.com.au, having helped build it when he worked for its previous ownerd, DarkBlueSea. Peake said, "I am excited to be joining the team at Trellian and making the best drop catcher for .au domain names. Having Trellian's resources behind me will be a huge help and I am especially thrilled to be working on Drop.com.au again. I love the brand and I still consider Drop.com.au as my baby."

(Posted Oct. 10, 2017)

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