bpv GRIGORESCU represents EvoBus and BRD Sogelease in successfully overturning a decision by the National Council for Solving Complaints on Timisoara bus tender31 March 2010
A team of lawyers of bpv GRIGORESCU, led by partners Liz Minea (Litigation) and Anca Parascan (Public Procurement), has obtained, on behalf of clients EvoBus Romania S.R.L. and BRD Sogelease IFN S.A., an irrevocable decision by the Ploiesti Court of Appeal allowing the two companies to enter into a public procurement contract with the Timisoara Transportation Company for delivery of 31 busses and coach-busses.
In 2007 the Timisoara Transportation Company initiated a public procurement procedure for the supply and maintenance of busses and coach-busses for an estimated value of 11.20 million Euros. The contract was awarded to the consortium EvoBus – BRD Sogelease, but the award was contested by one of the unsuccessful bidders before the National Council for Solving Complaints (CNSC). CNSC upheld the claim of the unsuccessful bidder, however, in an irrevocable appeal decision rendered by the Ploiesti Court of Appeal, the award to EvoBus – BRD Sogelease was deemed compliant with the applicable public procurement regulations.
“We are very glad that after a long battle, involving complex subject matter and procedural aspects, including a relocation of court jurisdiction from Timisoara to Ploiesti, our team has secured this victory for our clients, who can now focus, together with the public partner, on the contract and its proper implementation ”, said Liz Minea.
“This success represents for us yet another confirmation that we were right to focus on administrative litigation in the area of public procurement while benefiting from the vast advisory experience in public procurement we have gathered in the firm over the past ten years”, said Anca Parascan.
Public procurement is one of the main practice areas of bpv GRIGORESCU. The fees earned in the financial year 2009 in connection with public procurement projects to approx. 16.5 percent of the firm’s total revenues.
EvoBus Romania SRL is a subsidiary of EvoBus GmbH, the largest European affiliate company of Daimler AG and the leading full-line supplier on the European bus and coach market.
BRD Sogelease IFN S.A. is the leasing subsidiary a BRD-Groupe Société Générale S.A.
bpv GRIGORESCU is a Romanian law firm advising comprehensively in the areas of Antitrust and Merger Control, Banking and Finance, Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment and Pensions, Energy, Environment and Regulatory, EU Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Public Procurement, PPP and Concessions, Real Estate and Construction, Taxation. bpv GRIGORESCU is a founding member of bpv LEGAL, an alliance of independent commercial law firms represented in Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Prague and Vienna, which offers cross-border legal advisory services to clients in Central and Eastern Europe.