Government Contracts

Who We Are

Due to the strong public procurement practice we are ideally suited for government related transactions. We have acted for and against state agencies in various sectors and we have assisted corporations in PPP projects including planning stages and negotiations. If necessary, we litigate for clients against state agencies and we do act for the state in the courts if the contractors have defaulted.

Practice In Detail
  • Award Challenge
  • Concessions
  • EU Funding Disputes
  • PPP Contracts & Award Procedures
  • Procurement Disputes & Litigation
  • Public Procurement
  • State and Municipality Guarantees
  • Tenders by SOE
Clients
  • Ekonomikas ministrija
  • Ķekavas novada pašvaldība
  • Merks
  • RB Rail
  • Rīgas dome
  • Tele2
  • Valsts vides dienests
  • VARAM

Experience

Advised Riga City Council’s Real Estate Department regarding assessment of a tenderers relations with its subcontractors for proving qualification. Proved before the Procurement Monitoring Bureau and administrative court that reliance on resources of others by a specific bidder was insufficient.

Represented the Riga City Council’s Real Estate Department in disputes regarding bank certificates proving financial standing of the bidders. The case showed that the current laws on proving financial standing were not applicable in practice and should affect the new law still in the making.

Pursuing Merks’ damages claim against SIA BS Isme, which has brought a claim against Merks requesting to recover consisting of unpaid bills and Merks has brought a counterclaim requesting BS Isme to pay the damages with the total dispute value of EUR 432,000.

Ensuring the legality of two procurement procedures by the municipality-owned real estate company Rīgas nami. As a result, none of the procedures was challenged before the Procurement Monitoring Office.

Winning a landmark public procurement litigation for If P&C Insurance against the Latvian Parliament. It had wrongfully signed a health insurance procurement contract with Balta AAS despite client’s complaint before the Procurement Monitoring Bureau.

Advising Latvian Guarantee Agency, a development financial institution, on applicability of the Public Procurement Law to choosing business incubator operators. We explained the structure of the tendering procedure and EU funding requirements.

Advising the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development in a dispute with Skonto Būve AS concerning EUR 20 Mio EU-funded rehabilitation of a tar-contaminated area. Our advice involved review of accuracy of the public procurement proceedings and FIDIC and performance bond enforcement.

Regularly representing the leading Latvian construction company Merks before the Procurement Monitoring Office. Highlights include winning disputes with the Latvian University of Agriculture, the University of Rezekne and the Road Traffic Safety Directorate.

Developing a legal framework and a unique contractual arrangement for Merks SIA to indirectly finance construction of residential project. The negotiations involved potential lending by SEB banka and complex financial security arrangement. The expected project value would exceed EUR 20 Mio.

Assisting Riga City in sale of 88% of the shares in a road construction company Ceļu Pārvalde in transaction in excess of EUR 9 Mio. The case took unexpected turn with acquisition finance and our law firm arranged for extraordinary arrangement with bid bond swap via SEB bank.

Key Contacts

Katrīne Pļaviņa

Attorney-at-law

+371 26 164 110

katrine.plavina@vilgerts.comEmail

Kalīne Ozola

Associate

+371 27 542 967

kaline.ozola@vilgerts.comEmail

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