Hogan Lovells, an international law firm based in both London and Washington, D.C., has launched a multidisciplinary group focused on unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
Given the many different industries in which its UAS clients operate, the firm says, its aviation practice has joined with other firm practice areas: communications, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, government contracts, intellectual property, international trade and investment, legislative, litigation, and privacy and data security.
“Companies around the world are considering, with great interest, the numerous possibilities that unmanned aircraft systems create,” says E. Tazewell “Ted” Ellett, chair of the UAS Group. “This sophisticated technology opens up many business opportunities for our clients.” He explains that the group will “provide comprehensive UAS-related legal services on a global scale.”
Several years ago, the firm’s aviation practice expanded its services to UAS manufacturers and operators, as well as those developing new business models based on UAS capabilities. The formal creation of the UAS Group, Hogan Lovells explains, is a natural next step to expand these capabilities.
The aviation practice serves aircraft operators of all types, as well as aircraft, engine and component manufacturers; repair stations; airports; governmental entities; infrastructure companies; utility companies; real estate developers; and financial institutions.