Permira, the European private equity firm with global reach, and
LegalZoom.com, Inc. ("LegalZoom" or the "Company"), the nation's leading
provider of online legal solutions for small businesses and families,
today announced the successful completion of the acquisition of more
than $200 million of the outstanding equity of LegalZoom by a company
backed by the Permira funds. The Permira funds are now LegalZoom's
largest shareholder and will appoint a majority of the Company's Board
LegalZoom's management team and Institutional Venture Partners have
maintained the vast majority of their ownership stakes in the Company,
while Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has maintained its entire stake.
Polaris Venture Partners maintained a portion of its ownership in the
Permira established itself in North America in 2002 and today has
offices in New York and Menlo Park. The Permira funds have a long track
record of successfully investing in technology and digital media
companies around the world including Ancestry.com, Odigeo, NDS,
Renaissance Learning and Genesys. Since 1997, over 30% of the Permira
funds' investments have been in the core sector of Technology, Media &
About LegalZoom.com, Inc.
LegalZoom is the nation's leading provider of personalized, affordable
online legal solutions for families and small businesses. Founded more
than 12 years ago by attorneys with experience at some of the top law
firms in the country, LegalZoom has helped over two million Americans
become protected with binding legal documents. Although LegalZoom is not
a law firm, it can help people access an attorney through its legal
plans. The company has offices in Austin, Glendale, and Mountain View.
For more information, visit www.legalzoom.com.
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