Public Procurement

Who We Are

We help client to draft tender notices and contracts and consult them during the procedure. We also represent clients at the Procurement Monitoring Bureau and in courts. Our team is part of the European academic and lobbying debate on the topic.

Practice In Detail
  • Appealing Tender Documentation before Government Bodies
  • Assistance in Bid Preparation
  • Bid review
  • Drafting Public Procurement Contracts
  • Drafting Tender Documentation
  • Expert services in Bid document review
  • Explaining Tender Documentation to Foreign Bidders
  • Legal Advice in all stages of the tendering process
  • Legal assessment of public procurement contract implementation
  • Legal support in EU and government audits of public procurement procedures
  • Procurement Disputes & Litigation
  • Representation before the Public Procurement Monitoring Bureau
  • Review of Procurement procedure legality
Clients
  • BAO
  • Datakom
  • Eco Baltia Vide
  • If P&C Insurance
  • Lidosta “Rīga”
  • Merks
  • Rīgas domes Īpašuma departaments
  • Tieto Latvia
  • Valsts vides dienests
  • VARAM
  • Water Ser

Experience

Represented Riga City Council’s Real Estate Department before the administrative court regarding a claim for unlawful requirements to submit tender documents containing deliverables normally delivered during the execution of the procurement agreement, The Public Procurement Monitoring Bureau had upheld the client’s approach but was overruled by the court.

Advised Riga City Council’s Real Estate Department, the biggest contracting entity in the Baltics, in a EUR 3,7 Mio dispute about admissibility of technical experience for constructing a sports ground. The Public Procurement Monitoring Bureau upheld the recommended approach.

Successfully defended the Riga City Council’s Real Estate Department before the Public Procurement Bureau against claims of unlawful amendments to the tender notice. The EUR 26 Mio tender involved renovating the venue of the National Song and Dance Festival, the central event of Latvia’s Centenary celebrations.

Proved that Ragn-Sells, a waste management company, had lawfully increased the contract price to include applicable taxes in the EUR 0,5 Mio procurement contract before signing it. The dispute is ongoing after the first instance court ruled in client’s favor.

Bringing two direct actions on behalf of the client Proof IT SIA before the General Court of the EU. Both cases concern procurement procedures by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) for the award of IT services contracts. The actions seek annulment of EIGE’s decisions to reject the bids of VILGERTS’s client, as well as award of damages. The case is ongoing.

Represented a class action of several companies with a total turnover of EUR 75 Mio for annulling the requirement under the Public Procurement Law to deposit a fee for appealing an award before the Public Procurement Monitoring Bureau. The Constitutional Court did not admit the claim until the claimants would have foregone the disputed deposit due to an allegedly unfound appeal of an award.

Act for Ragn-Sells, a waste management company, in a EUR 2,5 Mio dispute whether a subsidiary could have relied on the experience of a mother company. The mother company formed a consortium with the subsidiary but did not list all the experience it would transfer as a part thereof. The dispute is ongoing before Latvian courts.

Bringing two direct actions on behalf of the client Proof IT SIA before the General Court of the EU. Both cases concern procurement procedures by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) for the award of IT services contracts. The actions seek annulment of EIGE’s decisions to reject the bids of VILGERTS’s client, as well as award of damages.

Proved to the Procurement Monitoring Bureau that BAO, a hazardous waste management company, was the rightful winner of a tender. The contracting authority had failed to check, whether their competitor complied with its polluter license and could render the services.

Helped Merks, a leading construction company, prove that AS Latvenergo tender requirements for foreign specialists hindered competition.

Key Contacts

Katrīne Pļaviņa

Senior Associate

+371 26 164 110

katrine.plavina@vilgerts.comEmail

Eugenia Urodnich

Associate Partner

+375 29 377 9512

eugenia.urodnich@vilgerts.comEmail

Kalīne Ozola

Associate

+371 27 542 967

kaline.ozola@vilgerts.comEmail

Erika Budaite

Associate

+370 61 562 716

erika.budaite@vilgerts.comEmail

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