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The Rise of Social Impact Bonds

The social impact bond or pay for success program (“PFS program”) is an alternative private financing model used to test social impact programs before governments step up to finance such programs. In these programs the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2016 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Debt Refinancing in 504 Loan Program - The Small Business Administration has issued an interim final rule that implements Section 521 of Division E, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016,...more

The New Italian Public Procurement Code

The Italian Council of Ministers approved a new Legislative Decree reforming the Italian Public Procurement regulation, implementing Directives 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/24/EU. On April 18, 2016, the Italian...more

CFIUS Annual Report Shows Items of Interest for Government Contractors

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) recently issued its Annual Report to Congress regarding transactions that they reviewed during 2014. Below are highlights of trends and issues gleaned from...more

Middle East and Africa PPP Guide: The emergence of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the Middle East and Africa

The purpose of this article is to analyse and summarise the emergence of the public-private partnership (PPP) model in the Middle East context (with a focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council (consisting of Bahrain, Kuwait,...more

Financial Services and Technology Companies Beware: The U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Has A Target on Your Back

The President released his 2017 budget this week. Budgets are aspirational documents that Congress rarely implements in full. The current acrimony between Congress and the Administration ensures that the President’s 2017...more

Compliance Challenge: The Links Between Corruption and Human Trafficking

Companies are increasingly being required to disclose how they assess and respond to the risks of human trafficking in their product supply chains. Statutes like the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the U.K....more

Significant Changes to U.S. and E.U. Sanctions Against Iran

On January 16, 2016, the United States and the European Union lifted or substantially amended many nuclear proliferation-related sanctions against Iran. This date constitutes Implementation Day as specified in the Joint...more

One belt one road - China's new outbound trade initiative

China’s 'One belt one road' initiative was first introduced by President Xi Jinping during his visits to Central and Southeast Asia in September and October 2013. With the dawn of 2016, it is appropriate time to take stock...more

Dubai Embraces PPP … Again

THE BACKGROUND - PPPs in the UAE or the wider GCC are not new. They have historically been undertaken under project-specific legislation or approvals. Mubadala Development Company initiated PPPs in the UAE with UAE...more

What You Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Government Contractors and Their Suppliers

Volume 1 – The Structure of the Deal and Government Consent - With today’s posting, we begin a ten-part series on unique issues that arise in connection with the acquisition or disposition of a company that performs...more

Infrastructure Investors: Is Your State Aiding You?

Investment in the infrastructure that keeps Europe running smoothly continues to be a big theme in European private equity. In every sector, from energy to sport, from transport to broadband, governments are increasingly...more

Entrepreneurial Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan

On 29 October 2015, the RK Entrepreneurial Code was passed. It will be effective (except for some provisions) as of 1 January 2016....more

Three Signs that the U.S. is Growing More Comfortable with Innovative Project Finance and Public-Private Partnerships

Some recent events, taken together, provide evidence that policy-makers in the United States are growing more comfortable with public-private partnerships as a vehicle for project delivery, in particular with respect to the...more

S&P Says Infrastructure Costs Go Well Beyond the Initial Investment

In a number of recent conversations regarding using Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) to deliver large infrastructure projects under an availability payment structure, I’ve heard a lot of angst by public owners over the cost...more

Alert: New Proposal Offers Limited Access to Federal Student Aid for Alternative Providers

On October 15, 2015, the US Department of Education ("ED") issued a long-awaited notice announcing an "Experimental Sites Initiative" ("ESI") to permit limited access to federal loan and grant programs for students enrolled...more

Doing Business in Australia: Infrastructure and Construction

DLA Piper has launched the second edition of "Doing Business in Australia: Infrastructure and Construction", a guide to the delivery of infrastructure in Australia. The guide looks at different procurement models including...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2015 Update

Despite a decline in enforcement actions by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the first half of 2015 has continued to highlight the relevance and ever-evolving effects of the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Notice Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors - The Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary, published a new notice correcting its September 16, 2015 notice by publishing Appendix A...more

Escrowed Payments May Leave Federal Subcontractors High and Dry

Companies providing products or services as subcontractors to prime federal contractors often struggle with how best to ensure prompt and full payments from primes. Prime contractors, particularly small business concerns,...more

Finance Update: Fairness in Interpreting PPP Payment Mechanisms

Management of payment mechanisms in PFI/PPP schemes by the public sector has generally become more active in recent years. Amongst the many factors at play are balancing proper management and application, and avoiding the...more

EU-Vietnam Trade Deal

The EU and Vietnam have concluded the substantive elements of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), widely-hailed as one of the most ambitious and comprehensive such agreements that the EU has concluded with a developing country....more

Private Equity Quarterly Report - Q2, 2015: Benesch Aerospace and Automotive Market Intelligence

Aerospace Market Overview - A record-setting year for aircraft orders has created a huge production backlog, which is good news for commercial aircraft manufacturers and tier suppliers. Elsewhere, machine vision,...more

Is the Renewable Energy Sources Act Undergoing a Fundamental Change? - Pilot tenders in accordance with the Ordinance for...

Review - “The Ordinance for Competitive Bidding for Financial Support of Freestanding Installations and for the Amendment of other Ordinances for the Promotion of Renewable Energies” largely entered into force on 12...more

Pay-to-Play Implications of Governor Chris Christie’s Presidential Run

After today’s announcement, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joins a long list of 2016 presidential candidates, from both parties. But Christie’s position as a sitting governor means that he is subject to different...more

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