The Procurement Chamber in Baden-Württemberg affirmed that state's approach on awarding network 3a. The legal team led by Ute Jasper (Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek) had designed and supported the award procedure for the project and subsequently represented the state of Baden-Württemberg before the Procurement Chamber.
On September 4, 2017, the contract was awarded to Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH, which will commence operations by mid-December 2019. The annual transport volume of some 1.38 million train kilometers will be provided by new, powerful FLIRT multiple-unit traction railcars made by Stadler. Cost per train kilometer is less than EUR 8.00, which is significantly lower than the Large Transportation Contract.
"This highly attractive offer is based on fair competition with carefully prepared bidding documents," commented Ute Jasper, Partner at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek.
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, particularly on innovative and complex projects. 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 2016/2017 issue, and according to "Law Firms in Germany," is the "premier contact on the market" for infrastructure. In October 2016, she received the JUVE Award for Regulated Industries with her team.
Dr. Laurence Westen is a lawyer in the "Public Sector and Public Procurement" Practice Group, Düsseldorf. His work focuses on the areas of public procurement law and State aid law.
Dr. Christopher Marx is a lawyer in the "Public Sector and Public Procurement" Practice Group, Düsseldorf. His work focuses on designing contracts under civil law.
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.