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Public Procurement and Competitive Tendering

Private companies themselves may also award contracts through a tender process. Non-compliance with these rules can have very serious commercial consequences.

Arrangements with public authorities that do not fall within the scope of these rules may still be subject to the general principles of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU and therefore require some degree of transparency and competitive tendering.

Our international team has the experience to address public procurement issues from the perspective of all those involved in the procurement process. Our expertise stretches out to Europe and beyond, and among our procurement lawyers is a former director of criminal enforcement at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, who was responsible for developing the training programme provided by the DOJ to senior officials on contracting with the U.S. government (MAPS).

Our international public procurement team advises on:

  • how to anticipate potential issues and prepare suitable strategies for dealing with the rules
  • preparing a clear, structured approach from the initial commercial assessment to the final award and performance of the contract
  • procurement disputes
  • guidance for contracting authorities and utilities operators whose tendering processes have come under attack
  • disappointed tenderers seeking to challenge the award of a public contract

News & insights

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Publications: 13 JANUARY 2020

The von der Leyen Commission

The European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen took office on 1 December 2019, following changes required as a result of the European Parliament rejecting three of the candidate Commissioners originally put forward. 

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News: 09 JANUARY 2020

Global trends in private M&A 2020

We have recently produced a client presentation on global trends in private M&A. Our findings draw on an in-depth analysis of more than 1,250 private M&A deals that A&O has advised on globally over the last eight years, looking at deal dynamics, execution risks and deal terms. This has given us exceptional insight into global and regional trends in market practice.

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Antitrust in focus

Publications: 20 DECEMBER 2019

Antitrust in focus - December 2019

This newsletter is our take on the antitrust developments we think are most interesting to your business. Mark Friend, partner based in London, is our editor for this final edition of 2019. He has selected:

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News: 17 DECEMBER 2019

By January 1st 2020, specific companies operating in Australia will need to have a mandatory whistleblowing policy in place

The window for establishing and implementing a specific whistleblower policy has now almost closed. 

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