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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

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Allen & Overy advises UniCredit and ICBC on a EUR104 million green financing granted to Fondo “Iron”

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On 12 January 2023, the EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR) entered into force. The FSR will have a significant impact on and create new obligations for parties that are participating in…

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Allen & Overy advises NEOM on its USD175m investment in Volocopter

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This edition of The Business and Human Rights Review once again brings together diverse voices to discuss the role that business can play in protecting, respecting and promoting human rights across the world.

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