Kirkland & Ellis advised BAE Systems (LSE: BA) on the $5.5 billion acquisition of Ball Corp.’s (NYSE: BALL) defense and commercial space unit Ball Aerospace. The deal was announced August 17, 2023. Ball Aerospace specializes in spacecraft, mission payloads, optical systems, conformal antennas, and electronically steered arrays. The acquisition will help BAE accelerate its space strategy.
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