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Public Law

Regulatory measures, government intervention and public sector spending are omnipresent in today's economic climate. A large variety of public law entities intervene to implement these measures.

Understanding how dealing with public law entities may be different from dealing with private entities and the impact of regulation have always been an important aspect of business life. It is even more important with governments cutting costs, privatising and selling assets, turning to or away from public-private partnerships as well as increasing public sector spending in some areas.

Advising on both transactions and litigation, our Public Law team has proven its world class expertise covering all aspects of public economic law including:

  • administrative contracts
  • freedom of information
  • government-owned assets
  • human rights
  • permits and authorisations
  • public and mixed entities/structures
  • public law litigation
  • public-private partnerships
  • regulatory 

Our global Public Law practice brings together more than 40 lawyers with a client base that includes public authorities, regulatory bodies, utilities, sponsors, financial institutions, and corporates. Our people advise these diverse players on global, cross-border and local public sector transactions.

We assist a large number of public authorities and regulatory bodies on the implementation of their powers as well as with drafting and interpreting legislation. As a result, we fully understand the complexities and challenges of this area of law. Conversely, we can offer our clients in the public sphere assistance that takes into account the perspective of private sector players.

Our clients value our straightforward and pragmatic advice. We work in an integrated way with our Banking, Corporate and Real Estate departments, and approach issues from a variety of perspectives, taking into account the wider economic and legal context. 

We advise major players in all sectors, including: 

  • infrastructure
  • transport
  • financial markets
  • utilities, including energy and water
  • telecommunications
  • mail services
  • life science
  • defence

Recognition for our work

"Excellent service. Their client care is just wonderful and they have a good, broad knowledge of public law." (Chambers UK 2017, Administrative & Public Law)

"The team is very responsive and provides answers which try to find a solution. If this isn't possible, the lawyers will look for a workable compromise that helps our business." (Chambers Europe 2016, Public Law – Belgium)

“As a client you will always be provided with a wide range of possibilities and the team will always be committed to solving your conflicts." (Chambers Europe 2016, Public Law – Netherlands)

“It's a technically excellent team which is always willing to attend to its clients' needs.” (Chambers Europe 2016, Public Law – Spain)

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