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In-House Guide for International Procurement
In-house counsel working at international technology firms have a new tool to assist with public procurement processes in unfamiliar jurisdictions, a free guide compiled by the International Technology Law Association.
Christian Ringeling, the senior international legal counsel for Microstrategy who edited the guide, says it will allow in-house counsel to assess opportunities for international public procurement quickly and help firms avoid the expense of hiring local counsel in each international jurisdiction.
Ringeling says the guide describes formalities in the Request for Proposals and Request for Information processes that could go overlooked and disqualify a firm from a government contract.
Whenever you have an RFP, you have to stick to the rules, he says. By simply overlooking a small formality, youre kicked out of the process, after putting in time and effort, and youre out because you didnt know the formality.
Ringeling suggests that the guide also can provide a more robust environment for public procurement that improves the ability of governments to obtain the goods and services they need from companies.
The biggest goal is to have as much competition as possible, he says. Otherwise, a government wouldnt go through an RFP process to get the best product for its money.
The guide was originally published in October 2012 and distributed to members of ITechLaw. This latest public version has been revised and updated to include more countries, and Ringeling said he expects the guide to continue to expand its coverage.