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The quality of public services is increasingly determined by skilled public procurement management. Your business and any real estate developments, joint ventures, restructuring or sale programmes cannot function without a deep understanding of how procurement regulates your plans. As a contracting authority or a bidder in local, EU and international procurement procedures, you can benefit from legal advisors with extensive experience on both sides of the process. We can guide you through complex infrastructure, transport and IT projects, not only in the public sector but also concerning utilities such as electricity, gas and airports. We can also represent you in procurement-related disputes and litigation.

With over 100 public procurement specialists in 36 cities worldwide, CMS has an outstanding reach and capacity for public procurement. We can support your response to public tender procedures in numerous countries simultaneously. Additionally, our specialists have longstanding sector-expertise across core industries including infrastructure, lifesciences/healthcare, transport and TMC. This approach means we can resolve your complex public tender issues, including formation and building of bidding consortia, protection of confidential information, anti-trust matters, evaluations, specific rules around framework agreements, concession contracts and complex PPP projects. Further, we can assist regarding feedback and debriefing and how to approach different regulated tender procedures. We also provide support before tribunals and courts across Europe or in front of the European Commission.

"A solid public law practice with strong expertise advising procuring authorities and bidders on public procurement matters, CMS additionally offers support with reconstruction projects, tender procedures and the preparation of public contracts. The team also assists clients with judicial proceedings, particularly around questions of liability for delays in construction projects."

Chambers Europe, 2022

"Virginie Dor has deep and practical expertise in public tenders"

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"a clear understanding of the framework to work in"

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"provide a constructive view on opportunities"

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"fast and accurate"

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The entry in­to force of the Rules of Pro­ced­ure is part of the fi­nal pre­par­a­tions for the United Pat­ent Court (UPC), which is cur­rently ex­pec­ted to start work in early 2023. After the bod­ies of the UPC...
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8th CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment For­um
We are de­lighted to an­nounce that the 8th CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment For­um will take place in Oslo on Thursday, 22 Septem­ber 2022 from 12:45 - 17:30 p.m. CET provid­ing an up­date on European pub­lic pro­cure­ment law.The pro­gramme will cov­er policy de­vel­op­ments in the EU and re­cent and im­port­ant de­cisions from the ECJ with high rel­ev­ance in prac­tice. In the second part of the event, we in­vite you to a com­par­at­ive view shar­ing ex­per­i­ences from sev­er­al jur­is­dic­tions on two top­ics with prac­tic­al rel­ev­ance:decim­al­possible dam­ages claims an­dtime lim­its and cut off for claims.The con­fer­ence will be held in Eng­lish and free of charge. There will be the pos­sib­il­ity to par­ti­cip­ate re­motely for any­one in­ter­ested in these top­ics, but un­able to at­tend in per­son. 
CMS Ex­pert Guide on rising raw ma­ter­i­al prices in Bel­gi­um
1. Have spe­cif­ic le­gis­lat­ive or reg­u­lat­ory pro­vi­sions been ad­op­ted by the Gov­ern­ment in re­la­tion to the in­crease in the price of raw ma­ter­i­als? The Bel­gian gov­ern­ment did not take any spe­cif­ic le­gis­lat­ive...
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Glob­al Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Bro­chure – 2022
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