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
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:
- financial markets
- utilities, including energy and water
- mail services
- life science
News & insights
Publications: 25 NOVEMBER 2021
The 177-page coalition agreement of the three parties set to form the new government in Germany provides for numerous innovations in the German real estate sector. In future, building and housing is…Read more
Publications: 12 NOVEMBER 2021
With its ruling passed on 9 November 2021, the German Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht; BVerwG) has put the brakes on the increasingly popular practice among local authorities…Read more
Publications: 10 DECEMBER 2020
Allen & Overy’s Human Rights Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of the eighth edition of The Business and Human Rights Review.Read more
Publications: 12 DECEMBER 2019
Allen & Overy’s Human Rights Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of the seventh edition of The Business and Human Rights Review.Read more
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
Excellent service. Their client care is just wonderful and they have a good, broad knowledge of public law.
Chambers UK 2017, Administrative & Public Law
It's a technically excellent team which is always willing to attend to its clients' needs.
Chambers Europe 2016, Public Law – Spain
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
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Brexit Law - the way ahead
Leading businesses through Brexit and beyond, our Brexit Law pages provide key resources to help identify Brexit-related issues and contingency plan accordingly