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Prior information notice - This notice is a call for competition
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Finance and Highly Complex Transactions Legal Advice Services for Central Government.
CCS wishes to establish a Panel of law firms to provide specialist legal services to ‘Permitted Users’ (as defined in section VI.3 below) in connection with complex finance matters, capital markets, regulation, highly complex transactions, innovative and/or strategically important transformational change, including major or complex projects, and mergers and acquisitions. Bidders must be able to demonstrate in depth expertise and capacity to deliver comprehensive specialist legal services to Permitted Users on a range of projects typically characterised by exceptional innovation and/or complexity, potential impact on national financial stability, issues of national importance, involve the management of major risks to exchequer/taxpayer interests, and/or the need for extreme urgency or confidentiality.
This procurement relates to legal services within the meaning of Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015). Given that this procurement process relates to ‘social and other specific services’ only, it is subject to limited regulation and accordingly will be conducted in accordance with regulations 74 to 76 of the PCR 2015. Any references to fully regulated processes or requirements are for ease of reference only and should not be taken as recognition nor acceptance that the same apply in this instance.
The anticipated start date of the Panel is 28.11.2016.
The anticipated maximum number of providers to be appointed to the Panel is TEN (10).
The total duration in II.2.7 is defined as 48 months. That total duration may be split into shorter time periods for example 24+12+12 months. The estimated value in sections II.1.5 and II.2.6 is the projected maximum spend over the life of the Panel. The actual spend may be less and no commitment is given as to the actual volume of spend, if any, under the Panel.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
All bidders must be law firms who are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, possess suitable professional indemnity insurance cover and are able to provide specialist legal services (as described in section II.1.4 above).
This notice is a call for competition and there will be no further notices published in OJEU relating to this opportunity. Interested providers who meet all of the conditions for participation detailed herein must express an interest via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 17:00 hrs on 27.5.2016 The expression of interest must contain all of the following information:- 1. Name of potential provider; 2. Principal contact name; 3. Principal contact telephone number; 4. Principal contact e-mail address.
For the avoidance of doubt only those providers who express an interest in accordance with these instructions and who demonstrate compliance with all of the conditions for participation will be invited to tender.
All bidders must be authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. All individual solicitors providing services must hold current and valid practising certificates issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Potential providers will be required to demonstrate expertise in the following mandatory areas of law:
Market interventions by guarantees, derivative products, other means.
Financial stability inc. liquidity / solvency of institutions / resolution processes.
Sovereign debt restructuring inc. international / EU structures / processes.
Financial services, market and competition regulation, inc. Financial Services and Markets Act, rules of UK Listing Authority, Takeovers / Mergers and state aid.
Investment / commercial banking.
Insurance and reinsurance.
Investment / asset management inc. analysis / intervention and divestment strategies.
Equity capital markets inc. privatisations by sales, initial public offerings (IPOs) and equity derivative products.
Debt capital markets inc. listed bond issues / commercial paper programmes, listed debt re-scheduling, monocline credit wraps, credit derivative products.
International development / aid / financial organisations.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
CCS shall host a small number of bidder engagement events. Dates / locations of these events are not yet confirmed, but are anticipated to be before the expression of interest deadline. Bidders wishing to attend should express an interest asap, and no later than 15.3.2016, otherwise they may not receive details, which will be sent direct to registered bidders only. Any bidders not attending an event will be given access to written materials shared with attendees.
The Permitted Users able to award contracts via the Panel are: all UK Ministerial and non-Ministerial Departments, their associated Executive Agencies and NDPBs, including any successor bodies. Access, — https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations which may be subject to redaction. A list of Permitted Users is available via request from email@example.com
Block 2: CCS is also establishing a panel of law firms to provide General Legal Advice Services to Permitted Users, refer to separate PIN RM3786.