Fenwick represented Vast, a developer of space habitation technologies focused on expanding humanity across the solar system, in its acquisition of Launcher, a developer of rocket engines and transfer vehicles to deliver small satellites to orbit. As part of the acquisition, all of Launcher’s team members are joining forces with Vast’s fast-growing team.
Notably, this acquisition provides Vast with an established set of talent to accelerate in-house advanced manufacturing and development capabilities as well as spacecraft technologies. In addition, with Launcher’s Orbiter space tug and hosted payload platform, Vast plans to reach orbit this year to develop and test its on-orbit space station components and subsystems. More information can be obtained from Vast’s announcement.
The Fenwick transaction team included corporate partners Michael Brown, David Michaels and Morgan Sawchuk and associates Zachary Portnoy, Evan McCormick, Brendan Montgomery, Christina Scully and Leeza Soulina; technology transactions partners Ralph Pais and Jonathan Millard, counsel Susanne Petersen and associates Julia Arruda and Ann Kang; executive compensation and employee benefits partner Marshall Mort and associates Jonathan Stephenson and Cynthia Yuan; tax partner William Skinner and associate Jenna Grove; government contracts and public sector procurement partner Zohra Tejani; trade and national security partner Melissa Duffy and associate Sofia Chalat; and privacy and security counsel Ana Razmazma and associate Samantha Ong.