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Latham & Watkins Advises Viasat in US$1.96 Billion Sale of Link 16 Tactical Data Links Business

October 3, 2022
Multidisciplinary team represents the satellite communications provider in deal with L3 Harris.

Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global leader in satellite communications, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Link 16 Tactical Data Links business to L3Harris Technologies for US$1.96 billion, subject to customary transaction adjustments in accordance with the agreement. The sale is expected to result in cash proceeds to Viasat of approximately US$1.8 billion net after estimated taxes, fees, and other expenses.

Latham & Watkins LLP represents Viasat in the transaction with a corporate deal team led by San Diego partners Craig Garner and Ann Buckingham, with associates Claire Drucker and Madeleine Keach. Advice was also provided on intellectual property matters by Bay Area partner Tony Klein and Bay Area counsel Arielle Singh, with associates Amy Tosi and Caroline Omotayo; on tax matters by Century City partner Sam Weiner, with associate Brian Rogers; on benefits and compensation matters by San Diego partner Holly Bauer, with associate Rachel Narowski; on antitrust matters by Washington, D.C. partners Jason Cruise and Lindsey Champlin, London partner Jonathan Parker, and Brussels counsel Rita Motta, with associates Matthew Piehl and James Mathieson; and on insurance matters by Los Angeles partner Drew Levin, with associate Hannah Cary.