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Procurement Pulse - May 2017

by DLA Piper on

Some interesting new developments in procurement law this month. Whilst the case has now been settled and is the subject of an independent enquiry, we report on the Supreme Court's final ruling on the Energy Solutions case,...more

Keeping the Facuet Open: The Implications of Brexit for European Public Procurement

The implications of Britain’s decision in June 2016 to leave the EU are gradually becoming clearer. In the area of government procurement, a paper by the European Parliament has highlighted the various models available to UK...more

Mexican Agency Seeks Interested Parties for Backbone Network Project

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Telecomm, a Mexican government agency, issued an international Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) on May 12, 2017, for parties seeking to participate in the Backbone Network Project (Red Troncal). Background -...more

Brexit: Will UK companies be debarred from EU public contracts?

by DLA Piper on

Recent headlines ("Macron wants British firms frozen out of EU contracts (£)") could have caused a few CEOs to splutter over their cornflakes or croissants. Such a move would provoke a tit-for-tat battle that would impact...more

UK Supreme Court to Contractors: Are You Serious?

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the damages remedy available to aggrieved government contractors under the EU procurement regime is only available if an authority breach is sufficiently serious. The decision will add an...more

Entry into force of the new rules on public procurement in Belgium

by DLA Piper on

On 28 March 2014, the new European legislative framework with regard to public procurement was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The framework consists of Directive 2014/23/EU on the award of concession...more

NEC4 suite of standard form contracts to be released in June

by White & Case LLP on

On 22 June 2017, the NEC4 suite of standard form contracts will be officially launched at the NEC Users' Group's Annual Seminar. This new suite will replace the popular NEC3 suite, which was first published back in 2005....more

The Buy American and Hire American Executive Order: What It Means For Supply Chain Management

by Jones Day on

In our December 2016 Commentary on the "Government Contracts Ramifications of the Trump Election" and our January 2017 update, we predicted that the Trump Administration would seek to strengthen domestic preferences in...more

Executive Order Seeks to Bolster ‘Buy American’ Enforcement

by Morgan Lewis on

US President Donald Trump’s executive order aims to increase the use of US goods and materials in federal acquisitions. On April 18, President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire...more

Buy American Executive Order Means Renewed Obligations for Government Contractors

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 18, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American” (the Order), which declares the Executive branch’s policy to buy American goods and rigorously enforce and administer...more

3 Things Contractors Should Do Now to Ensure “Buy American” Compliance in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Order

by Carlton Fields on

"Buy American, Hire American" is no longer just a campaign slogan. It is the subject of an Executive Order signed by President Trump on April 19. The order details the Trump administration’s policy of ensuring compliance with...more

UK Proposal for Register of Foreign Beneficial Ownership of Real Estate Continues Global Trend Toward Transparency

On 5 April 2017, the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (the “Department”) issued a call for evidence (the “proposal”) for a public register (the “foreign ownership register”) which would contain...more

Administration Issues Executive Order Providing Framework for its Domestic Buying and Hiring Preferences for Federal Procurement...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

"My Administration will follow two simple rules: Buy American, and hire American.” - President Donald J. Trump. - Fulfilling a prominent campaign promise, today President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) detailing...more

Top EU patent and EU unitary patent developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

In 2016, proposals crystalized that will bring significant changes to the European Union (EU) patent system and the patent litigation system. Despite the Brexit, the United Kingdom (UK) has announced that it too will ratify...more

Open access rail operators: change ahead?

by Dentons on

Open access still has a low market share - ORR has calculated that open access operators run just 1% of passenger rail miles in the United Kingdom, the rest being worked under passenger rail franchises. No open access...more

Top bribery and corruption developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

In recent years, U.S. and Western European military spending has decreased as military spending in other parts of the world has risen. As a result, aerospace, defense and government services (ADG) companies increasingly rely...more

Top Brexit developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

On 23 June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom (UK) voted in a referendum to leave the European Union (EU). The UK Government gave the EU formal notice of its intention to withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2017. This...more

Property ownership by overseas investors: UK Government begins consultation process for Beneficial Ownership Register

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The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has just issued a consultation paper calling for evidence on proposals for a new register showing who owns and controls overseas legal entities that own UK property or...more

Food the Next Frontier in the CFIUS Battles?

A few weeks ago we told you about the Congressional efforts underway to combat China’s increased investment in the United States. Well, those aren’t the only efforts to revamp the authority of the Committee on Foreign...more

Mexico Ministry of Energy Releases Management Terms for Independent Power Producers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013, the power market opened for private investment sector-wide. However, the Federal Electricity Commission, or Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), is still in charge for supplying basic...more

Mexico Hydrocarbons Commission Calls Tender for Second PEMEX Farmout

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Eight More Onshore and Offshore Farmouts Set for 2017 and 2018 Mexico's 2013 Energy Constitutional Reform opened exploration and production (E&P) of the oil and gas sectors to private investment and contracting....more

The Long Road: Boeing Continues the March into Iran

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

- Boeing announces deal to sell aircraft to Iran Aseman - The deal was apparently authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department, but Congressional foes fight to block it - If the deal goes through, further loosening of...more

Fighting fraud and corruption: increasing the government’s powers of detection

by Dentons on

On 30 March 2017, the Australian Parliament introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2017 into the Legislative Assembly. The Bill aims to provide a range of amendments to improve...more

EU Competition Newsletter - March 2017

by Bryan Cave on

What Future for EU Public Procurement Law in the UK After Brexit? Those aficionados of the silver screen will remember comedians Laurel and Hardy and in particular their catchphrase 'Well here's another nice mess you've...more

The UK and the World Trade Organization (WTO): What Happens After Brexit?

by White & Case LLP on

On 29 March 2017, the UK will formally trigger the Article 50 process to begin the negotiations for Brexit. If there is a 'hard Brexit' in 2019, the UK would trade with the EU – along with most of the rest of the world – on...more

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