The Ministry of Transport in Baden-Württemberg intends to address the expected increase in the number of passengers over the next few years by adding up to 130 electric double-decker multiple-unit trains. Via the State Institute for Rail Vehicles, it is therefore purchasing 130 new double-decker trains for some EUR 1.6 billion. Transportation Minister Hermann is also looking for an option to buy another 100 trains. Starting in December 2025, when Stuttgart 21 goes into operation, the new trains are scheduled to run primarily in the Stuttgart region and in Upper Swabia/Lake Constance.
The team of Ute Jasper, Christopher Marx, and Laurence Westen will advise on the award procedure.
“The new trains are intended to handle the forecast doubling of the demand in local rail passenger transport by 2030 compared to 2010. We are pleased that we are able to contribute to this goal with an innovative lifecycle model,” said Dr. Ute Jasper, Head of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s Public Sector & Public Procurement Practice Group.
The Public Sector & Public Procurement Department headed by Ute Jasper has been one of the top three public procurement practices for years. It has been advising on awards, restructuring, large-scale projects, and cooperations in the public sector since 1991 and has accompanied several hundred major projects of federal, state, and local governments and their subsidiaries with a total volume in excess of EUR 20 billion, without any procedure having been successfully challenged to date.
Dr. Ute Jasper is one of the most renowned lawyers for public procurement and infrastructure projects. 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 Public Procurement Law in JUVE’s Handbook of Commercial Law Firms, most recently in its 2017/2018 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. Christopher Marx is a lawyer and has been a Partner in the “Public Sector & Public Procurement” practice group, Düsseldorf, since 2020. His practice focuses on advising on public procurement law and contract law relating to complex and innovative projects as well as on drafting civil law contracts.
Dr. Laurence M. Westen is a lawyer and has been a Partner in the “Public Sector & Public Procurement” practice group, Düsseldorf, since 2020. His practice focuses on advising contracting authorities on the award of large-scale projects and on defending against applications for review.