On October 5, 2016 the contracts for the new rapid transit railway of transport associations Verkehrsverband Rhein-Ruhr and Zweckverband Nahverkehr Westfalen-Lippe were solemnly signed in Hamm. Stadler Pankow and DB Regio for the vehicles as well as ABELLIO and KEOLIS for operation will be the parties to the contract. The new high-performance rapid-transit railways will be operating from 2019.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised VRR on awarding the contracts in the mid-three-digit million range.
"The competition led to very favorable conditions," Ute Jasper, partner and team leader at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek commented on the conclusion of the project.
The special feature of the new rapid transit railway is that, as with the RRX, DB Regio and Stadler not only have to supply the vehicles, but also have to maintain them for 30 years. This allows for better vehicle quality and fewer train failures.
Dr. Ute Jasper is one of the most renowned lawyers for procurement and infrastructure projects in the public sector. She advises federal and state ministries, municipalities, and businesses. Ute Jasper heads Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's "Public Sector & Public Procurement" department. For years, she has been ranked number 1 in JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms, most recently in its 2015/2016 issue, and according to "Law Firms in Germany" is the "premier contact on the market" for infrastructure.
Dr. Christopher Marx is a lawyer in the "Public Sector & Public Procurement" Practice Group, Düsseldorf.
The Public Sector & Public Procurement department has been one of the three best procurement law practices for years. Since 1991, it has advised on awards, restructuring, large-scale projects, and cooperations in the public sector and has accompanied several hundred large-scale projects of the federal, state and local authorities and their subsidiaries with a total volume of more than EUR 20 billion without any procedures having been successfully challenged.
Dr. Jasper’s team includes Dr. Christopher Marx (Contracts), Dr. Laurence Westen (Procurement), Dr. Stefan Proske (Insolvency), Dr. Stefan Jöster (Insurance) and Dr. Thorsten Kuthe (Banking), who are working for the rapid transit railway project.