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Administrative Contracts

Contracts between public entities and the private sector represent a significant part of the economy and Allen & Overy is one of the leading law firms operating in this area of law.

As such, we are asked to advise on some of the most complex, often first-of-their kind, public sector deals.

We act for public authorities, companies, banks, public-funded entities and utilities and offer advice on all types of public contracts, ranging from public procurement (public works, services, supplies), large transactions such as concessions (including toll roads, water distribution, waste management, telecoms) to public-private partnerships (PPP) (prisons, hospitals, stadiums, roads, rail, canal, renewable energies, etc).

Our practice is well known for its litigation capabilities in this area. We advise on all types of disputes, whether occurring before the contract enters into force (challenge of tender procedures) or relating to the performance of the contract. We work closely with our clients to develop the most effective strategy taking into account our client's objectives and budgetary constraints.

Our team includes specialist lawyers located in many jurisdictions. We are used to working together in cross-jurisdictional matters and our seamless service is considered to be one of our greatest strengths. We also share the latest knowledge, so we are able to offer innovative solutions when required.

News & insights

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Publications: 06 MAY 2021

Collusion in public procurement - A “notice” from the Commission

On 15 March 2021, the European Commission (the Commission) published its long-awaited “Notice on tools to fight collusion in public procurement and on guidance on how to apply the related exclusion…

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Publications: 04 MAY 2021

Mixed picture: Germany clarifies its FDI regime in view of high-tech and further sensitive companies

On 1 May 2021, the latest amendment of the German Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) regime entered into force, following a decision of the German government as of 27 April 2021.

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Real estate transactions and public procurement: further guidance from the European Court of Justice

Publications: 28 APRIL 2021

Real estate transactions and public procurement: further guidance from the European Court of Justice

In its most recent case law, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) provides further guidance on the demarcation between real estate transactions and the application of public procurement legislation to…

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Publications: 19 JANUARY 2021

Public Procurement - The European Court of Justice provides guidance on “self-cleaning” measures in its judgment

In its judgment of 14 January 2021 the European Court of Justice provides guidance on “self-cleaning measures”.  The “self-cleaning” measures were introduced in the 2014 Directives on public…

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