Each year, European governments spend an estimated €1.5 trillion to purchase goods and services. With taxpayer funds of such magnitude at stake, procurement by government entities and public utilities is governed by complex rules, policies and procedures at the global, EU and national levels. Within the EU, in particular, an additional concern is the creation of open and non-discriminatory public procurement markets and the establishment of a level playing field between Member States in the markets for government contracts.
Our European public procurement lawyers in Berlin, Frankfurt and Brussels help contractors and governments navigate through European and German regulations. We assist clients throughout the entire contracting process, including proposal preparation, negotiations of terms and conditions, regulatory compliance and, if necessary, bid protests, procurement litigation and contract disputes. We also support clients in the formation of consortia with other bidders or in setting up special purpose bid vehicles; and we counsel on protection of intellectual property where government contracts involve research or technology transfer. In addition, we can draw on our WTO procurement code and subsidies colleagues in the International Trade, Investment and Market Access Practice to help our clients open up government procurement markets internationally. Learn more about our Government Contracts and Procurement Counseling experience.
In light of the complexity of the challenges clients often face in government contracting processes, our European public procurement practice spans multiple disciplines and includes regulatory, transactions, trade and antitrust/competition lawyers as well as experienced litigators, offering a one-stop-shop from the start to the end of the process. We can also draw on the experience of our EU State Aid lawyers to help clients comply with the EU’s strict standards when they seek government support. Our European public policy and legal strategy team provides further insight into the thinking and operations of governments to help our clients advance their goals in lucrative public sector markets.