Practices Areas

Public Tenders

The State–or Administration–needs to count on the active collaboration of the private sector to fulfill a good part of its purposes and objectives. This relationship is formalized through the government contract system in which the State participates through public or private tenders or through a direct contract or arrangement.

Law 19,886, which sets down the Terms of Government Supply and Service Contracts, commonly known as the “Public Procurement Law,” passed and enacted in July 2003, created institutions and a system totally new to the domestic legal system at the time. It established institutions such as the Procurement Bureau, the Public Market Bureau and the Court of Public Contracts.

Government contracting has thus become an area of growing technical, and extraordinarily sophisticated, specialization that few lawyers and law firms thoroughly understand and comprehend.