Aerospace, Defense + Government Services

Morrison & Foerster has decades of experience advising clients in the aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) industry. Our attorneys work collaboratively to provide comprehensive counseling and litigation services with regards to mergers and acquisitions, government contracts, national security, technology transactions, securities, corporate governance, environmental compliance and liability, labor, and intellectual property to those clients serving government agencies, the intelligence community, military organizations, and the aerospace industry in general. We understand the unique business and legal challenges our ADG clients face, which allows us to provide timely, business-minded solutions.

Our Services

  • We are a recognized leader in M&A in the ADG sector and are regularly associated with the most notable transactions completed in the sector. We represent clients through the full life-cycle of their businesses, from company formation to market exit, including advising on traditional M&A transactions; cross-border transactions; serial acquisition programs; proxy contests, hostile, and contested transactions; carve outs and divisional acquisitions; and joint ventures and complex strategic alliances.
  • We provide both government contracts counseling and litigation support in the areas of contract formation and performance; technology licensing; regulatory compliance and training; due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions; small business programs, bid protests, claims, and contract disputes; government investigations; and criminal, civil, and administrative actions relating to government business transactions.
  • We have one of the most highly regarded patent practices in the legal field. Our patent attorneys, many of whom have prior work experience in the aerospace and defense industries, have played a significant role in the creation and protection of many of the landmark electronics and software patent portfolios. Patent prosecution is not viewed as an end unto itself, but rather as part of an overall strategy to provide our ADG clients with a strong portfolio from both an offensive and defensive standpoint.
  • We advise clients on the acquisition and disposition of intellectual property and technology, as well as the structuring and negotiating of technology transactions. This includes collaborations, joint ventures, licenses, supply agreements, distribution arrangements, and outsourcing transactions.
  • We work with our national security team colleagues to assess the implications of proposed investments in, or acquisitions of, ADG clients by foreign persons under the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 and reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and also address issues presented by potential foreign ownership, control or influence over companies engaged in classified activities under the National Industrial Security Program.
  • We advise ADG clients on compliance and enforcement matters involving U.S. export controls, including with respect to defense trade control issues under the jurisdiction of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and U.S. sanctions and embargoes.
  • We represent ADG clients in the often challenging areas of compliance with (and litigation about) environmental laws in connection with government contracts, and the allocation and liability for alleged contamination arising from the manufacture or use of products made for government agencies.
  • We help our ADG industry clients with their financing transactions, including private placements, debt and equity offerings and credit facility deals.
Rick Vacura
Rick Vacura
Senior Counsel
Northern Virginia

Bradley D. Wine
Bradley D. Wine
Northern Virginia
Washington D.C.

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