Derek Gilman is Managing Director of Mercure Global LLC, a company that focuses on providing solutions for satellite capability and project financing worldwide. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Defense and Aerospace Export Council).
Previously, he was a partner with a law firm specializing in supporting government contractors, where he focused on international defense and aerospace matters, including Foreign Military Sales (FMS), offsets, export control, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and cross-border transactional matters. He also served as chief operating officer and general counsel of a satellite solutions company, where he focused on the financing and implementation of satellite projects for foreign sovereigns.
Mr. Gilman was selected by one of the largest global banks to serve as an Independent Trustee to fulfill U.S. Government Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)-related requirements for an international merger. Prior to these roles, Mr. Gilman was General Counsel and Principal Director of the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), where he was chief legal advisor on over $30 billion of annual government-to-government military sales. He also served as Chair of the DoD Offsets Working Group and was DoD counsel on numerous high-profile matters, including the U.S. Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) policy, the Arms Trade Treaty, and multi-billion-dollar arms sales. He has worked with the European Commission at the Director General level on issues related to U.S.-EU Member State defense trade.
Previously, Mr. Gilman was DoD senior counsel for Afghanistan-Pakistan matters, and served as U.S. Government counsel supporting the “reset” summit with Russia. He was also senior DoD counsel for International Armaments Cooperation, where he served as DoD counsel for the negotiation of numerous treaties and international agreements, including those signed at the Presidential level.He served in Iraq with the Coalition Provisional Authority where, consistent with UN Security Council Resolutions, and in concert with the IMF, World Bank, Iraqi leadership, and Coalition governments, he supervised the revision of 30 Iraqi laws to enable Iraq to transition to a market economy. He was also principal U.S. advisor on the establishment of the war crimes tribunal that tried Saddam Hussein. Mr. Gilman was an Executive Director with a “Big 4” accounting firm, where he focused on complex international tax matters, and served as counsel with the large law firm, practicing in the areas of business and tax law. He is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and is one of the authors of the U.S. DoD Law of War Manual.
He has degrees from the United States Military Academy at West Point (B.S.), the University of Connecticut (J.D.), University of Cambridge (M.A.), and New York University (LL.M.). His awards include the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award (2 awards), the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence (2 awards), the Department of State Superior Honor Award, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Combat Action Badge