Federal Republic acquires research vessel – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek designs procedures and drafts contracts

The Federal Republic of Germany is buying a new fishing research vessel for more than EUR 80 million. The Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food awarded the order to replace the Walther Herwig III vessel to B.V. Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem. Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised the Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food and the Federal Institute for Hydraulic Engineering during the bidding procedure and advised on the contract negotiations.
The new fishing research vessel will be put into operation in 2020 and will be used by the Thünen Institute for Research in the North Atlantic, the North Sea and Baltic Sea, and other ice-free sea areas.
"We structured the award procedure in such a way that the Federal Republic will benefit from the latest know-how of the bidders," said a delighted Ute Jasper, Partner and Team Leader at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. "This is why the concept and the technical equipment of the vessel were key for the award," added Christopher Marx, a lawyer in Dr. Jasper’s team, who is responsible for procurement law and contract drafting.
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. 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. Christopher Marx (Contracts and Procurement Law) and Mr. Reinhard Böhle, LL.M. (Procurement Law) are responsible for the procedure in Dr. Ute Jasper’s team.

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