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Status: Delegated
Registry Backend: CORE
Date Implemented: 18 July 2014
Type: Brand TLD
Registrations: 1
Parked Domains: 1
Parked Domain %: 100.0 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 18 July 2014
General Availability: N/A

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.lacaixa is a Brand TLD delegated in ICANN's New gTLD Program. CAIXA D'ESTALVIS I PENSIONS DE BARCELONA manages the TLD and is its Registry. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 18 July, 2014.[1][2]

Application Details

The following is excerpted from the applicant's response to question #18:

"La Caixa d’Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona (“la Caixa”) is submitting the .lacaixa application as a TLD for Institutional purposes for “la Caixa” Group services and products.

The corporate purpose of ʺla Caixaʺ is to encourage all authorised forms of saving, to carry out beneficent work for the well-being of the community and invest the related funds in safe and profitable assets of general interest.

Today, “la Caixa” is the number one savings bank in Spain and the third largest financial entity in the country for results, and undertakes banking activity indirectly through CaixaBank. Since its origins, in 1904, ʺla Caixaʺ has been characterised by a strong social commitment and a vocation to work in the general interest, both through its financial activity and its welfare projects, which finance activities of a social, cultural and scientific nature. ..

“la Caixa” has decided to apply for the .lacaixa TLD as an strategically long-term opportunity. “la Caixa”’s top financial status and social relevance has led the group to the belief that the gTLD program will represent a tremendous opportunity for the Group to reinforce the branding. “la Caixa” has been following with interest the ICANN new gTLD program since its inception and has gathered enough intelligence to adopt an educated decision. “la Caixa” understands the opportunities and the responsibility of what this opening implies, and is fully committed to run a piece of Internet infrastructure by operating its Top Level Domain: .lacaixa.

The mission of “la Caixa” defines the reason for its existence. Its purpose and its basic objective is to achieve the goals of its various interest groups stakeholders. The mission of “La Caixa” is to encourage saving and investment by offering the best and most comprehensive range of financial services for the greatest number of customers and make a decisive contribution to society through the provision of flexible tailored coverage of basic financial and social needs. “la Caixa” aims to offer and project this comprehensive range of services online encompassed under the .lacaixa TLD, serving with excellence its growing online community of users, employees, and social program beneficiaries

“la Caixa” through CaixaBank has a network of more than 5,100 branches, more than 8,000 ATM’s, and a workforce of 27,000 employees. With over 10.4 million customers, it is the leading entity in retail banking and a benchmark in the European financial sector. Its leading spirit takes it to continuously strengthen its brand and to search for new formulas to create competitive advantages for its business; the .lacaixa TLD will place “la Caixa” as innovation leaders within the banking sector, not only in Spain but internationally.

With the aim of diversifying income and taking part in the development of companies that offer basic services to society, “la Caixa” has for many years now pursued a strategy of investing in such businesses. The ”la Caixa” Group currently has a large portfolio of holdings in industry, property, international banking, insurance businesses and service sector companies, a group of financial activities that “la Caixa” would like to embrace under a unique, secure and trusted Internet identifier: the .lacaixa TLD. ..

The .lacaixa TLD will be for the exclusive use of “la Caixa” and its Affiliates for the Group’s services and purposes. “la Caixa” does not contemplate at this stage opening the registration to any third party."[3]

Contract Signed

On 09 January 2014 CAIXA D'ESTALVIS I PENSIONS DE BARCELONA received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .lacaixa after passing all the required processes needed to become a Registry Operator for the string.[4]