Transportation and Space



In recent years, the traditional aerospace industry has entered into a period of significant global transformation.  There has been increasing privatization and commercialization of space activities, together with innovations in satellite technologies and a growing demand for satellite-borne services and content.  We have also witnessed the advent of broad-based commercial uses of unmanned aircraft systems (aka drones).  As a result, both traditional industry players and an ever-growing number of new market entrants are seeking to take advantage of burgeoning commercial opportunities in the evolving industry.  These opportunities present a unique set of commercial and legal challenges that Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Aerospace and Related Technologies Practice Group is particularly well-positioned to help clients address.

For decades, Gibson Dunn has served as trusted counsel to some of the largest aerospace, defense and satellite companies in the world, cutting-edge emerging technology businesses, and the private equity and other financial institutions that support and enable their growth.  As these various economic sectors have begun to merge and overlap to form the next evolution in aerospace commercialization and innovation, Gibson Dunn has tapped the depth of its experience and firmwide resources to provide a multidisciplinary legal team adapted to meet the changing needs of the industry and our clients.

Our aerospace and related technologies group members are lawyers with a wide cross-section of substantive area sophistication and market knowledge, such as in:

  • Governmental affairs and regulatory counsel, including specific expertise in international trade and export controls, and anti-corruption
  • Government contracts
  • Satellite, commercial space project and corporate financing
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Technology and emerging markets
  • Risk management and insurance
  • Corporate M&A and joint ventures
  • Intellectual property
  • Privacy
  • Labor and employment
  • Crisis management
  • The full panoply of litigation and dispute resolution specialties including transnational disputes and arbitration

Our aerospace and related technologies lawyers offer a strong and longstanding track record serving the traditional aerospace industry, and a breadth of experience supporting clients in various new and emerging technologies and markets.  Companies both large and small leverage this unique set of skills to help them navigate the existing and emerging regulations on this frontier, and create innovative pathways for commercial development.