Public procurements, concessions and PPP

Public Procurements

Our team has been active in the area of public procurements since the introduction of the Bulgarian Public Procurement Act of 2004. At that time, we assisted the Public Procurement Agency in developing guidelines and manual on the implementation of the law, including models and forms of documents for different types of public procurement procedures.

The members of our team specializing in this area have excellent knowledge of the Bulgarian Public Procurement Act and subsidiary legislation related to its implementation, as well as of the European Union law and practice of the Court of Justice of the European Union relevant to public procurements.

Our engagements in this area include advisory services to:

  • local and international clients in relation to their participation as candidates in procurement procedures in Bulgaria, including legal representation in appeal procedures before the Commission for Protection of the Competition and the Supreme Administrative Court;
  • local contracting authorities on organizing public procurement procedures and preparation of tender documents; and
  • international financial institutions, such as the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, in relation to carrying out reviews of the applicable legal framework and delivery of legal opinions on specific questions, including advice on identified gaps and recommendable amendments to the legislation.

Concessions

We have experts with long-term experience in the field of concessions of both public property and public services. This includes advising on structuring and carrying out of concession procedures, drafting of tender documents and concession agreements, carrying out due diligence reviews and drafting of relevant concession analyses. Our experts, working as counterparty to international consulting teams, have been engaged in governmental projects involving analyses of the legal framework on concessions in relation to specific sectors (e.g. water supply and sanitation services) or procedures (e.g. concession of Varna and Bourgas airports).

Public-Private Partnerships

In June 2012 the Bulgarian Parliament adopted a special Public-Private Partnership Act (PPPA, effective as of 01.01.2013) aiming to promote PPPs more actively and in line with the recent developments at the European Union level.

Since the introduction of the PPPA, members of our team have been involved in many activities, including public discussions, trainings and consultations, where provided support and advice helping representatives of both public and private sector to understand the concept of the PPPs and their different forms, so that the PPPA can be effectively implemented in practice.

Team members

Georgе SabevNevena Angelova-Stoeva, Boryana BotevaMartin MamаlevGalabina Ruseva