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A few questions about Implementation of the EU public procurement directives

The public procurement market in the EU is huge. Every year more than a quarter of a million public institutions and authorities in the EU spend around 14% of GNP on acquiring services, construction works and goods of all...more

Contracting Globally - Part 2: International Traffic in Arms Regulations

There are two major regimes that govern exports from the United States. One is the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security and, second, the...more

Issues for overseas companies relating to UK land and UK government work

Recent government proposals will affect overseas companies that own UK land and that bid for UK government contracts. On 12 May 2016, the UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced plans to introduce a public register...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #4

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases on June 16, 2016: Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7: Yarushka Rivera, a teenage beneficiary of...more

If I could turn back prosecutorial time...

The case of R v AIL, GH and RH, one of the first the Court of Appeal has considered in 2016, is an interesting one from the perspective of all white-collar crime practitioners. The Court of Appeal had to consider whether it...more

Saudi’s Vision 2030 – Why Government Capacity Building Is So Important

Introduction - Considering the complexity involved in developing a national public-private partnership (PPP) program, it is generally accepted that governments do not typically have the internal skill sets required to...more

Can you teach anti-corruption?

The following interview is with Elena Helmer, Director, Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) Programme, International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA). Q: Elena, you are director of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption...more

Saudi’s Vision 2030 – The Challenge Of Implementation And Some Analysis On Institutional And Regulatory Public Private Partnership...

On 25 April 2016, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced Vision 2030, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s vision for life without crude oil. It’s fair to say that the announcement has been positively received, both...more

Flying the Too-Friendly Skies? Europe Opens Routes for Sanctioned Iran Airline

On June 20, 2016, you will be able to take a non-stop flight from Tehran to Paris . . . but you probably shouldn’t. According to its website, the Iranian airline Mahan Air will add the City of Lights to the list of...more

Contracting Globally - Part 1: Export Administration Regulations

The potential for government contractors to grow and become successful outside of the U.S. is tremendous and should not be overlooked by small businesses. The world outside our borders is a critical marketplace that should be...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - June 2016

Eye on the Supreme Court—Corruption and Fraud Edition - Why it matters: This session, the Supreme Court has undertaken the review of numerous cases that raise thorny issues arising in the white collar context. In our...more

Development of Competitive Natural Gas Market in Mexico

Mexico has prepared a plan for the development and implementation of an open and competitive marketplace for natural gas (Implementation Plan). The hope is that the Implementation Plan will result in a fully competitive...more

Romanian Legal Update: New Package Of Laws On Public Procurement And Concessions Enters Into Force In Romania

Public procurement and concessions will be regulated by four new laws, namely (i) the public procurement law, (ii) the sectorial public procurement law, (iii) the concessions law and (iv) the law on remedies (the New Laws)....more

South African Department of Energy calls for Expressions of Interest for 600 MW Gas Fired Power Plant: Part 2

The South African Department of Energy has published an Expression of Interest calling on the private sector to indicate interest in developing a 600 MW gas-fired power project alongside one or more state-owned companies....more

Opportunities for Increased Drug Sales to the VA

Pharmaceutical manufacturers that produce drugs in non-designated countries under the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) may now have an opportunity to increase their sales to the United States government. The Department of Veterans...more

GSA Issues Notice Concerning Trade Agreements Act and “Made in America” Compliance

On May 5, 2016—without advance warning—thousands of U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract holders received a notice requiring them to verify—within one week—the country of origin...more

"MADE IN AMERICA" : GSA Stepping Up Trade Agreements Act Compliance Enforcement

Government Contractors should be aware that the General Services Administration ("GSA") is taking a more aggressive approach to policing Contractor compliance with the Trade Agreements Act ("TAA") among GSA Schedule contract...more

South African Department of Energy calls for Expressions of Interest for 600 MW Gas Fired Power Plant

On 11 May 2016, the South African Department of Energy announced a call for expressions of interest for the appointment of strategic partners to assist state-owned companies in the development of a 600 MW gas-fired power...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - May 2015

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: new private and public initiatives on recruitment fees, including...more

On May 4, 2016 changes to the procedure for applying the “third one is out” rule in state procurement of medical devices entered...

RF Government Resolution No. 102 of February 5, 2015 approved a list of certain types of foreign-manufactured medical devices (the “List” and “Devices,” respectively) in the procurement of which state and municipal customers...more

FCPA compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 251-oral argument in the Supreme Court on McDonnell v. US [Video]

In this episode, I post the full oral argument at the US Supreme Court in McDonnell v. US. Please see my blog post discussing the case for further analysis and discussion. ...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - May 2016

Spotlight on the False Claims Act - Why it matters: This month we discuss two interesting court cases involving the False Claims Act (FCA). On April 19, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Universal Health...more

Veterans Affairs to Permit Acquisition of Non-TAA-Compliant Drugs

In a significant policy reversal, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it will require all covered drugs under the Veterans Health Care Act (VHCA) to be offered on Federal Supply Schedule (FSS)...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Will the Saudi PPP Program Succeed?

Introduction - It has been widely reported that Saudi Arabia is planning implementation of an economic reform program like none ever seen before. At the heart of the program is the privatization of large swathes of the...more

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