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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

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Dr Ute Jasper has been a lawyer at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek since 1991 and a partner since 1994. Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is an independent law firm with approximately 400 lawyers. Ute Jasper heads the public sector and procurement department. Working with the department, she has organised and implemented numerous projects for the government as well as for large cities, counties and municipalities. These include large procurement procedures and investor competitions as well as strategic partnerships in the fields of public transport, real estate, culture, sport, water, energy, construction, hospitals and waste disposal.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO PURSUE A CAREER IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT?

What appealed to me about this area of law is the creativity of the work and the need for fantasy and ideas. I can work on major, exciting projects that require legal, business and (frequently) political guidance. Another interesting aspect for me is that the consulting covers numerous interlocking areas of law. It goes without saying that the success of the project is also decisive.

WHAT DO CLIENTS LOOK FOR IN AN EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS LAWYER?

In my view, clients expect outstanding legal knowledge and experience of political objectives. They also expect creativity and the ability to develop ideas for solving complex projects.

HOW HAS THE MARKET CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED PRACTISING?

During my 28 years as a lawyer there has been an increase in the complexity of the requirements. For example, the risks resulting from legal disputes have risen, as has the volume of regulations.

HOW IS THE GROWING MOVEMENT AGAINST DIESEL USE AFFECTING THIS AREA OF PRACTICE?

The growing movement against diesel use has resulted in a high number of related projects, in areas such as electro-mobility, air pollution control and local public transport.

WHAT MAKES HEUKING KÜHN LÜER WOJTEK STAND OUT FROM ITS COMPETITORS IN THE MARKET?

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has the largest public sector and public procurement team in Germany. So we can handle the highest number of retainers in this legal field, with the largest consultancy volume in Germany. Also for several years, my team and I have received the top awards from Chambers, Handelsblatt, Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 and Juve.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST INTERESTING CASE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN A PART OF?

One particularly interesting case in which I was involved was the construction of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg. It is a flagship work of architecture – and so was the building process in which we developed a model for future PPP projects for our client, ReGe Hamburg. The contract included the turnkey construction, as well as the functional warranty and building management for the entire complex at a fixed lump sum price.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR PRACTICE DEVELOPING OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

I assume fee volumes and the number of lawyers will continue to increase. We will also be faced with a high volume of major projects that will necessitate additional consulting. In future we will need to offer even more comprehensive consulting in all areas of law for the public sector, including project organisation.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE LOOKING TO START OUT IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT?

Public procurement is not an area of law that can be mastered as a “small-time lawyer”. Lawyers in this field must offer holistic thinking, creativity, a broad base and the ability to read balance sheets and understand political motives.

Global Leader

Government Contracts 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ute Jasper draws high praise from market sources who note she is “highly experienced in complex infrastructure projects”.

Biography

Dr Ute Jasper has been a lawyer at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek since 1991 and a partner since 1994. Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is an independent law firm with about 400 lawyers. Ute Jasper heads the public sector and procurement department. With the department, she has designed and implemented numerous projects for the government as well as for large cities, counties and municipalities, such as large procurement procedures and investor competitions, but also strategic partnerships in the fields of public transport, real estate, culture, sports, water, energy, construction, hospitals and waste disposal.

Ute Jasper is the author of numerous publications regarding public sector projects and a frequent speaker at conferences on public infrastructure. According to The Legal 500HandelsblattJUVE and Best Lawyers, Ute Jasper ranks among the best German lawyers in public law and procurement law. She is also a lecturer at the University of Münster. Germany’s most prominent ranking authority, JUVE, named Ute Jasper’s practice a winner in the regulated industries category at its annual JUVE awards (the Oscars of the German legal sector).

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has again been top-ranked for procurement law, subsidies, transport, environment and planning regulation in the JUVE Handbook; and for procurement law/PPP in Chambers Europe (2019). Chambers states: “Ute Jasper maintains an outstanding market reputation, frequently representing public authorities in complex, high-profile projects. Jasper is particularly visible in infrastructure and transport projects, and also advises on development projects in the energy and real estate sectors.” The Legal 500 recommends Ute Jasper as a "leading lawyer".

National Leader

Germany - Government Contracts

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ute Jasper is praised by peers who note that she is a "highly creative thinker" who is "very well known for complex public infrastructure projects".

Biography

Dr Ute Jasper is a partner at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, a major independent law firm with more than 350 lawyers in Berlin, Chemnitz, Cologne, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Brussels and Zurich. Ute Jasper is the head of the public sector and procurement department. With her department, she has designed and implemented a lot of projects for the government as well as for large cities, counties and municipalities, such as large procurement procedures and investor competitions, but also strategic partnerships in the fields of public transport, real estate, culture, sports, water, energy, construction, hospitals and waste disposal.

Germany's most prominent ranking authority, JUVE, named Ute Jasper's practice a winner in the regulated industries category at its annual JUVE awards, the “Oscar” for lawyers of the German legal sector. Ute Jasper wrote numerous publications regarding public sector projects and is a frequent speaker at conferences on public infrastructure. According to The Legal 500, Handelsblatt, JUVE and Best Lawyers, Ute Jasper ranks among the best German lawyers in public law and procurement law. She is also a lecturer at the University of Münster.

Again Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has been top-ranked for procurement law, subsidies, transport, environment and planning regulation in the JUVE Handbook; and for procurement law or PPP in Chambers Europe (2017). Chambers comments: "Labelled a 'heavyweight in public procurement’, Ute Jasper is frequently lauded by market observers for her creative approach. She enjoys an impressive track record advising federal ministries and government bodies on PPP projects, procurement and award procedures in the defence, energy, transport and infrastructure sectors." The Legal 500 recommends Ute Jasper as a "leading lawyer”.

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