Reed Smith’s Government Contracts & Grants Team is comprised of approximately 30 business, regulatory and dispute resolution lawyers in 12 office locations throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East who regularly provide legal advice to clients around the world.
In the United States, our attorneys represent government contractors and grant recipients in critical matters at all stages of the procurement process: from contract and grant award, through compliance (including affirmative action obligations) and administration, to ultimate close-out. Our attorneys also handle a variety of disputes involving bid protests, performance issues, pre- and post-award audits, investigations and allegations of fraud.
In Europe, our team has a strong record of advising companies that do business with government organizations and assisting them with issues arising from that process. We also represent clients that want to protect and defend their interests, whether through internal investigations, judicial review or other means. In the Middle East and Asia, our lawyers have the in-country experience necessary to help navigate the unique procurement markets in those regions.
While national procurement regimes around the world vary in approaches and procedures, there has been, in recent years, a high level of harmonization in the fundamental principles underlying the expenditure of public funding – transparency, accountability, openness, fairness and value for money. In the United States, these principles are effectuated through the Federal Acquisition Regulation and individual agency supplement procurement regulations, as well as the many other laws affecting government contracts and grants. In the European Union, these principles are reflected in various directives related to works, supplies, services and defense. More importantly, during this time of increasing economic uncertainties, national procurement spending on defense, security, technology, health care, veterans’ benefits, infrastructure, social services and commercial items will likely continue on an upward trend.
Reed Smith’s Government Contracts & Grants attorneys are uniquely positioned to assist clients in the context of international harmonization and increased public spending. Our attorneys routinely counsel clients around the world in the following areas:
- Contract formation and performance
- Requests for proposals and invitations to tender
- Grants, cooperative agreements and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements ("CRADA")
- Compliance planning, training and auditing
- Internal reviews and government investigations
- Preparing Affirmative Action Plans and Pay Studies
- Compliance Reviews by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ("OFCCP")
- Suspension and debarment
- Protests/bid challenges
- Claims, disputes and appeals
- Due diligence, corporate structuring and M&A
- Financial controls and cost accounting standards
- International regulation and security
- Government finance and privatization
- Commercial item contracting and framework agreements
- Subcontracting, teaming agreements and joint ventures
- Intellectual property, data rights, data protection and privacy
- Security clearances, facilities clearances and classified information
- Public/private partnerships
- Socioeconomic programs and preferences