Compass Lexecon Team Assists in Merger of Two Leading U.S.-Based Satellite Imaging Companies

Compass Lexecon experts Jon Orszag and Brad Cornell were retained by GeoEye as part of the regulatory review of its proposed merger with DigitalGlobe. GeoEye and Digital Globe were the only U.S. companies providing geospatial imagery to the U.S. government and were two of the primary providers of such images to commercial and other governmental customers throughout the world. After an extensive review, which included multiple white papers submitted to the agency by counsel and two expert reports by Dr. Cornell analyzing the prospects for GeoEye’s business in the absence of the merger, the U.S. Department of Justice cleared the combination in early January 2013. The Compass Lexecon team also included David Weiskopf, Syre Khan, and Sara Leshen in our Washington, DC office; Peter Clayburgh and Richard Mills in our Pasadena office; and Rajiv Gokhale, Rahul Sekhar, Robin Stahl, Donnie Hong, Agustina Levy, Jim Libby, and Mike Pugh in our Chicago office. We worked with Tad Lipsky, William O’Neill, and Jason Cruise at Latham & Watkins LLP, and Cliff Aronson at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.