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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

Publications: 25 SEPTEMBER 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus update: an overview of European Commission State aid decisions (updated 25 Sept 2020)

Under State aid rules, UK and EEA Member State governments may not generally provide selective assistance to businesses without prior approval from the European Commission (EC). This includes…

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Publications: 19 JUNE 2020

European Commission targets foreign subsidies causing market distortions

As part of a broader effort to reshape the EU’s trade policy, the European Commission (EC) proposes to expand its toolbox to tackle foreign subsidies undermining the level playing field in the EU’s…

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Publications: 27 APRIL 2020

English law aircraft lease valid despite alleged breaches of foreign procurement laws

The claimant aircraft lessor succeeded in its damages claim under an English law governed aircraft lease agreement for non-payment of rent and other payment obligations.  The Tanzanian lessee had…

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Publications: 20 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus update: the Italian Government's Liquidity Decree - new measures for the business sector

The Covid-19 coronavirus continues to have a major impact on businesses across all sectors in Italy. On 9 April 2020 decree n. 23 of 8 April 2020 (the so-called Liquidity Decree) came into force.  

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