The Public Sector

The public sector is under pressure to streamline procedures and ensure a competitive economy. At the same time, public sector operators must deal with complex and changeable regulations that leave no room for error.
Our cross-disciplinary specialists have developed in-depth experience with the public sector's complex legal areas and the increasing need for cooperation between the public and private business sectors.

Combining a high level of legal expertise with an understanding of the public sector, we provide professional solutions that take into account the special regulatory requirements for public authorities and state-controlled entities, and also develop efficient procedures and value-adding results for the various parties involved.

We provide professional advice to:

  • The State, regions, municipalities, and other public authorities
  • State-controlled entities and institutions

THE STATE, REGIONS, MUNICIPALITIES, AND OTHER PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

A professionalised public sector requires the fast and efficient performance of public administration tasks, and compliance with administrative rules. Essential to the process is independent specialist advice to identify the best performance practices within the framework of complex administrative and EU regulation.

We have extensive experience in advising municipalities, and regional and other public authorities on the general administrative law disciplines. However, general administrative law only makes up one part of the overall set of challenges faced by the sector. We therefore draw on the knowledge and experience of our other specialist areas where necessary.

This ensures that we can deliver specialist advice that complies with the rules for each individual administrative branch and at the same time acknowledges the operational reality of day-to-day work and cooperation with other parties.

We act as a trusted legal adviser and sounding board on matters like:

  • General administrative law issues
  • Municipal law
  • Public procurement processes and rules, including purchase contracts
  • Litigation and arbitration, dispute resolution, complaints, appeals and other matters
  • Real estate, including development, sale, purchase, leasing, infrastructure and road conditions
  • Public-private collaboration, such as public-private partnerships (PPP), public-private cooperation (PPC) and combined tenders
  • National and EU opportunities for grants
  • Employment law issues
  • Environmental, energy and climate issues, including planning law and environmental regulation
  • Financial regulation and financing
  • Company law
  • IT and outsourcing, including acquisitions, contracts and tenders

STATE-CONTROLLED ENTITIES AND INSTITUTIONS

State-controlled entities are subject to detailed rules that are continuously amended at both national and European level. On an ongoing basis, entities need to consider how they should organise themselves and whether any changes need to be made to procedures – keeping in mind that such assessments tend to attract significant political attention and allow only a minimal margin for error.

Our practice group has extensive experience in advising all types of state-controlled entities on the legal and commercial risks and opportunities presented by new regulations.

We have in-depth knowledge of the continuing regulatory changes faced by state-controlled entities. Our interdisciplinary expertise ensures that you receive advice that puts your business a step ahead of the rest and helps you implement new legislative requirements in a value-maximising way.

We offer advice on:

  • General administrative law issues
  • The purchase and sale of state-controlled entities
  • Privatisation processes
  • Company law issues, including restructurings and corporate governance
  • Financial regulation and financing
  • Procurement processes and rules, including purchase contracts
  • Litigation and arbitration, dispute resolution, complaints, appeals and other matters
  • Real estate, including development, sales, purchases, leasing, infrastructure and road conditions
  • Public-private collaboration, such as public-private partnerships (PPP), public-private cooperation (PPC) and combined tenders
  • National and EU opportunities for grants
  • Employment law issues
  • Environmental, energy and climate issues, including planning law and environmental regulation
  • IT and outsourcing, including acquisitions, contracts and tenders