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12-08-2020News

State of Baden-Württemberg extends transport contracts with DB Regio AG and SWEG – team led by Ute Jasper, Christopher Marx, and Laurence Westen advise the state

The contract extensions improve rail transport on the Südbahn, Hochrheinbahn and Bodenseegürtelbahn, Zollernalbbahn, and Ortenau-S-Bahn networks. The following contracts with DB Regio will be extended until December 2027:

- Network 2 “Stuttgart - Ulm - Lake Constance”
- Network 16a “Aulendorfer Kreuz”
- Network 16b “Bodenseegürtelbahn”

Electric trains will therefore be used on the Südbahn, double-decker trains on the Hochrheinbahn and Bodenseegürtelbahn.
 
The contracts with SWEG are to be extended until December 2025. The existing vehicle fleets will soon be replaced by new vehicles. New trains will be operating on the Zollernalbbahn and the Ortenau rapid transit railway networks. On the Ortenau transit railway network, the vehicles will be replaced in December 2023, when emission-free BEMU vehicles will be launched.
 
The team led by Ute Jasper, Christopher Marx and Laurence Westen is advising the state on these networks, among other things.
 
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s Public Sector & Public Procurement department has been one of the best public procurement law practices for years. Its lawyers advise on awards, restructuring, large-scale projects, and cooperation in the public sector. They have accompanied several hundred projects of federal, state, and local authorities with a total volume in excess of EUR 40 billion without any procedure having been successfully challenged to date.
 
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 the Public Procurement Law ranking of JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms, most recently in its 2020/2021 issue, and according to “Law Firms in Germany,” she 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. 

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