Contractor risk in the Gulf’s ‘new wave’ of EPC contracting

by Sachin Kerur

With global business headlines currently dominated by debt restructuring issues facing Dubai World, the Gulf region is again subject to the negative gaze of the West. Despite this, the UAE and the broader Gulf region is likely to be a fertile region for major international contractors over the coming years.
Imminent infrastructure projects in the Gulf, as well as the current one, will provide major contractors with opportunities when global pickings are slim. However, contractors are already facing, and will continue to face, an increased transfer of risk combined with compressed margins in respect of new infrastructure projects and EPC contracts. [Read more…]

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Christmas cheer for frustrated tenderers in public procurement contracts

by Adrian Hughes

The capacity of an unsuccessful tenderer to challenge a contract award which breaches public procurement rules will be strengthened on 20th December with the coming into force of new Regulations implementing an EU Directive on Remedies. The new Regulations introduce a declaration of “Ineffectiveness” as a remedy for certain breaches of procurement rules and provide for a harmonised standstill period between the decision on a contract award and the contract award itself to allow the decision to be challenged. This Note summarises the effect of the new Regulations and refers to a recent case in the Technology and Construction Court relating to court challenges.

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The Foreign Project Consultant as Jian Li

by Hew Kian Heong

Many years ago, I saw a Chinese construction contract for the first time, and there was mention of a person called a “Jian Li” in the contract. I asked myself – what strange creature is this Jian Li?

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Chinese Drywall Update – Chinese Manufacturer Waives Hague Convention

by Andrew Ness

Problems with drywall imported from China during the ill-fated U.S. housing boom continue to be front and center in the southeastern U.S., as complaints continue to roll in regarding health problems allegedly caused by the tainted wallboard, as well as damage to electrical and plumbing work. Naturally enough, a significant litigation boom has followed, including attempts to bring claims against the Chinese manufacturers who supplied the drywall. In a recent development, Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) Co., Ltd (“KPT”), a leading defendant in the consolidated federal court lawsuit against manufacturers of Chinese drywall, has agreed to accept service of process for homeowner plaintiffs who are named in an Omnibus Class Action Complaint, and to waive its right to demand service of process through the Hague Convention (saving plaintiffs the $15,000 service fee).

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Ppp Projects In Brazil: 2) General Concepts And A Comparative Comparative View Between Ppp And Concession

by Júlio César Bueno

Continuing our last discussion on PPPs in Brazil, we should note that PPP LAW applies to government entities (including mixed-capital companies) directly or indirectly controlled by the Federal Government, States, Federal District and Municipalities. Article 2 of PPP LAW defines PPP as follows: “Public-Private Partnership is an administrative concession contract that may assume the form of either a sponsored or an administrative concession contract.” PPPs are expected to be implemented concurrently with existing concession contracts, focusing on infrastructure projects. PPP LAW provides for sponsored concession and administrative concession.

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A Convenient Ending

by Joel Heard

Recent examples illustrate clearly that cancelling a project can be very expensive. The City of Ottawa recently paid over C$36 million to settle claims from contractors arising from the cancellation of a light rail transit project. In Montréal, the termination of a contract to build an incinerator has resulted in years of costly litigation and a large court award against the municipal defendants (which they have appealed). [Read more…]

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Dubai World restructuring and PPPs in the Gulf

by Melanie Grimmitt

The news of the requested standstill period for Dubai World debt repayments has left those of us who advise on Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in the region wondering what it will mean for us……

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Freedom of contract meets its match: Pay If Paid Clauses

by Andrew Ness

Cash-flow from lender to owner to construction manager to subcontractors is the lifeblood of any construction project. And maintaining a sufficient flow of funds is essential to every construction manager’s ability to manage the job. Contract provisions requiring a contractor or subcontractor to continue to work, even if the right to payment is disputed, mean little to the fate of the project if subcontractors cannot meet payroll.

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How “Fit” is your Contract?

by Sarah Thomas

As lawyers, we want what is best for our client. We will fight for that additional clause or that tricksy wording that will give our client that added protection that may, someday, prove decisive in an argument with the contractor or the employer.

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Heading for India? Some Issues to Consider…

by Sachin Kerur

With construction activity in India now worth $50 billion per annum and accounting for around 6% of Indian GDP, India is an attractive market for contractors.

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