Donald Moore, '88, is a lecturer in the International Transactions Clinic at Michigan Law and the founder and CEO of Space Finance Company and GeoJump, Inc.
His career has focused on legal and financial transactions relating to the defense, security, transportation, and infrastructure sectors on Earth and in space. Much of his work outside the US involved projects in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as various frontier jurisdictions.
Space Finance Company provides traditional Earth-based, non-dilutive asset-finance solutions to space-sector assets such as satellites, base stations, on-orbit manufacturing and power projects, and lunar-based equipment and facilities. GeoJump, Inc. develops space-related technologies in partnership with the US government, research institutions, and commercial partners.
Previously, Moore was a partner in two global law firms. For decades, he represented banks, military and private-security companies, individual and institutional investors, natural resources companies (mining and oil and gas), transportation companies (aviation, logistics, ports, and shipping), and infrastructure projects. His experience and practice covered a full range of advice, such as corporate and corporate governance matters, contract reviews and negotiations, investment and financing transactions, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and cross-border transactions, and public and private tendered projects.
Moore has served on the boards of public and private companies, including public-company audit, compensation, and strategy committees. Because of his business and finance background, he often advised clients in the early stages of their transactions. He also has served as a principal and board member of a successful hedge fund adviser and as a principal in a boutique investment bank focused on raising private equity and debt for businesses located in or doing business in Latin America. He was the chairman of the Hong Kong Association of New York for five years and has served as the vice chairman of the Great Lakes Boat Building School since 2017.