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Dr. Del Smith has more than 48 years of experience as an international lawyer dealing with space law, including the financing, regulatory, institutional and international aspects of satellite applications.  His specializations include direct satellite broadcasting, utilization of the geostationary orbit, international telecommunications policy, technology transfer, transborder data flow, satellite insurance and computer/communication interactions.  He has represented satellite manufacturers, banks and space insurance underwriters in numerous transactional matters.  These include assessments of financial, technology and country risks; drafting and negotiation of investment agreements and loan documents; conduct of corporate valuations and due diligence analyses; international and domestic legal and regulatory compliance; and preparation of corporate disclosures.  He has also advised satellite companies on the security and financing aspects of delivery-in-orbit satellite construction contracts.

In addition, Del’s representations have involved the negotiation of asset-based and corporate acquisitions by foreign interests seeking to invest in the US satellite market; the negotiation of joint venture relationships, often entailing the transfer of new technologies; and licensing and distributorship arrangements.  His experience covers satellite purchases, satellite transponder leases or sales, and earth station service agreements.  He also has frequently advised on the conduct of due diligence examinations of investment opportunities in the commercial satellite field.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, 1969
  • Hague Academy of International Law, 1968, M.A., Public International Law
  • University of Cambridge, 1968, Ph.D., International Law

Awards & Recognition

  • Society of Satellite Professional International Hall of Fame (2007)