Dr. Pascal Friton
Dr. Pascal Friton, LL.M.
Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für Vergaberecht
Partner, Public Procurement and International Trade Law

Pascal Friton is a specialist lawyer for public procurement law (“Fachanwalt für Vergaberecht”) and an expert for international trade law. His public procurement law practice covers advice to both contracting authorities and bidders, in particular in the IT, defence and security, infrastructure, energy and healthcare sectors. In addition, he has longstanding experience in the field of procurement compliance (exclusion from public procurement procedures, corruption registers and self-cleaning). This also includes advising on sanctions imposed by the World Bank or other multilateral development banks.

In the area of international trade law Pascal regularly advises the export industry and financial institutes on economic sanctions of the EU, for example against Iran and Russia. Pascal’s practice also includes EU and German Blocking/Anti-Boycott Law as well as FDI applications to the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action under the German Foreign Trade and Payments Act (Außenwirtschaftsgesetz (AWG)).

Pascal is regularly ranked as one of the leading public procurement lawyers by Who’s Who Legal: Government Contracts and is also among Who’s Who Legal “Thought Leaders – Germany”. He is recommended by The Legal 500, listed in Chambers Europe for Public Procurement, and ranks also among Germany’s most renowned lawyers according to German business magazines “Wirtschaftswoche” and “Handelsblatt”. In the field of “International Trade” he is also listed as leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal.

Pascal is admitted to the Bar in Germany (Rechtsanwalt) and is also a specialist lawyer for public procurement law (“Fachanwalt für Vergaberecht”).

Languages: German, English

References

  • Representing Recare Deutschland in review proceedings before the Higher Regional Court (OLG) of Karlsruhe regarding the exclusion from a public procurement procedure due to alleged violations of data protection law
  • Representing the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action in a preliminary injunction procedure of Taiwan chip supplier GlobalWafers on its Siltronic takeover before the Administrative Court of Berlin and the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg
  • Advising Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) on various public procurement procedures for ships for the German Navy
  • Public procurement law advice to FASTNED with regard to the establishment and operation of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Germany
  • Advising the German Federal Government on a public contract in the context of an FDI application
  • Advising the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy in a public procurement law matter
  • Advising Amprion on public procurement law issues in an award procedure regarding certain power plants (so called “besondere netztechnische Betriebsmittel”)
  • Advising and representing German Naval Yards Kiel on public procurement law as well as representing the company in various procurement procedures including the procurements of MKS 180 frigates and five K130 corvettes
  • Advising the successful bidder consortium consisting of Kapsch TrafficCom AG and CTS EVENTIM AG & Co. KGaA in the public procurement procedure of the Federal Ministry of Transport regarding the collection of the car toll (project “ISA-Erhebung” – JUVE)
  • Advising KfW with regard to various public procurement procedures as well as public procurement law advice to KfW Capital
  • Representing the Falck group before the European Court of Justice and in a complaint with the EU Commission regarding ambulance services

CV

Pascal studied law at the Humboldt University of Berlin and holds a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from the University of Durham, UK. He completed his legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court of Berlin, with stages inter alia at the Research Services (Wissenschaftlicher Dienst) of the German Bundestag and at Baker & McKenzie.

Before founding BLOMSTEIN, Pascal worked in the Berlin office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP for eight years. In 2012, he was seconded to the Washington, D.C. office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for six months where he advised companies in World Bank sanctions proceedings, in internal investigations and on sanctions law.

In 2016, Pascal finalised his PhD thesis on selection/suitability criteria in EU directives at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on public procurement law in Germany, Europe and the US. Furthermore, Pascal is lecturer and author at the distance learning program on EU public procurement law at the King’s College London. He is also author of various publications on EU public procurement law, for example he contributes to European Public Procurement: Commentary on Directive 2014/24/EU (commentary on articles 56 (General principles) and 57 (Exclusion grounds)), Beck‘scher Onlinekommentar Vergaberecht, Beck’scher Onlinekommentar IT-Recht, Beck’sches Prozessformularbuch, and Beck’scher Vergaberechtskommentar. He is also co-editor of the commentary on the UVgO (Kommentar zur UVgO) and Beck’sches Formularbuch Vergaberecht (as of the fourth edition).

Publications

Commentaries/Books

  • Co-editor of the commentary on the UVgO (Kommentar zur UVgO), as of 2nd edition 2022 (with Hendrik Röwekamp and Norbert Portz)
  • Co-editor of Beck’sches Formularbuch Vergaberecht, as of 4th edition (with Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann and Hendrik Röwekamp)
  • Germany chapter, in: Lexology Getting The Deal Through – Public Procurement 2022 (with Christopher Wolters)
  • Commentary on Public Procurement Law, in: Borges/Hilbers (eds.),
    Beck´scher Onlinekommentar IT-Recht, as of 1st edition 2021
  • Commentary on sections 31-34 VgV, in: Kus/Marx/Portz/Prieß/Röwekamp (eds.), Kommentar zur VgV, as of 2nd edition 2021 (with Hans-Joachim Prieß)
  • Commentary on articles 56 (General principles) and 57 (Exclusion grounds), in: Roberto Caranta and Albert Sanchez-Graells (eds.), European Public Procurement: Commentary on Directive 2014/24/EU, 1st edition 2021 (with Janis Zöll)
  • Commentary on section 121 GWB, in: Röwekamp/Kus/Portz/Prieß (eds.), Kommentar zum GWB-Vergaberecht, as of 5th edition 2020 (with Hans-Joachim Prieß)
  • Germany chapter, in: The ICLG to Public Procurement, 2021, 2020 and 2019 (with Rita Zuppke)
  • Chapter on Public Procurement Law, in: Mes (ed.), Beck’sches Prozessformularbuch, as of 14th edition 2019 (with Hans-Joachim Prieß and Friedrich Hausmann)
  • Commentary on sections 19, 20 and 30 VSVgV, 10 to 11a VOB/A-VS, in: Burgi/Dreher (eds.), Beck’scher Vergaberechtskommentar Bd. 2 Vergaberecht (VOB), as of 3rd edition 2019 (with Florian Wolf and Christopher Wolters)
  • Commentary on sections 1, 3, 12-14 KonzVG, 23 VOB/A, 105, 151, 152, 154 GWB, in: Pünder/Schellenberg (eds.), in: NomosKommentar Vergaberecht, as of 3rd edition 2019 (with Roland Stein)
  • Commentary on chapters “Vergaberechtlicher Rechtsschutz” and “Unionsrechtlicher Rechtsschutz”, in: Prieß/Hausmann/Kulartz (eds.), Beck’sches Formularbuch Vergaberecht, as of 3rd edition 2018 (with Hans-Joachim Prieß)
  • Introductory chapter on EU law and commentary on sections 122 to 126 GWB, sections 75 and 78 VgV, in: Prieß/Stein/Gabriel/Mertens (eds.), Beck´scher Onlinekommentar Vergaberecht, as of 1st edition 2016 (with Hans-Joachim Prieß)
  • Die Festlegung und Erfüllung von Eignungsparametern nach den EU-Vergaberichtlinien und die Umsetzung im GWB-Vergaberecht, dissertation, Nomos 2016
  • Introduction chapter “Global Overview” and chapter on Germany, in: Getting the Deal Through – Public Procurement, 2010 to 2015 (with Hans-Joachim Prieß, Diana Harvey and Eva-Maria Meister)
  • Die Rahmenvereinbarung: Das (nach wie vor) unbekannte Wesen?, in: Festschrift für Fridhelm Marx, Wettbewerb – Transparenz – Gleichbehandlung, 15 Jahre GWB-Vergaberecht, 2013, p. 129 (with Eva-Maria Meister)
  • Designing effective challenge procedures – The EU’s experience with remedies, in: Arrowsmith/Anderson (eds.), The WTO Regime on Government Procurement, 2011, p. 511 (with Hans-Joachim Prieß)
  • Self-Cleaning – An Emerging Concept in EC Public Procurement Law?, in: Pünder/Prieß/Arrowsmith (eds.), Self-Cleaning in Public Procurement Law, 2009, p. 1 (with Hans-Joachim Prieß and Sue Arrowsmith)

Contributions to Magazines and Blogs

Presentations

  • Public Procurement Regulation in the EU and in its Global Context – Session Two: Tenderer Selection and Exclusion, Public Procurement Regulations Weekend Seminar, King’s College London, usually on an annual basis since 2018
  • Implications of the exclusion grounds and self-cleaning provisions, EIPA seminar “Recent Developments in European Public Procurement and Case Law”, Maastricht, usually on an annual basis since 2015
  • Vergaberechtliche Besonderheiten bei der Beschaffung von Cloud-basierten Services, forum vergabe e.V. event on Cloud Computing, Berlin, 8 November 2022
  • German perspective: extending exemptions and restricting legal protection, King’s College London & GW Law Webinar: Transatlantic Defense Procurement, 19 October 2022
  • An In-Depth Guide to Russia Sanctions: A Complete Review of Key Restrictions, Enforcement Actions, Critical Updates and Their Aftermath, Pre-Conference Workshop, C5’s 15th Berlin Forum on Global Economic Sanctions, 7 June 2022 (with Matthew D. Lapin, Nicholas Bentley, Mike Casey)
  • European Procurement Developments in 2021: The EU’s Persistent (and Sometimes a Little Desperate) Pursuit of a Resilient Economy, Thomson Reuters Government Contracts Year In Review Conference, Washington, D.C./online conference, 22 February 2022
  • Teaching appointment on EU Public Procurement Law in the international Master’s degree course “International and European Business, Competition and Regulatory Law”, FU Berlin, 2021 and 2020 (with Roland Stein)
  • European Procurement Developments in 2020: The EU’s consistent pursuit of a resilient economy – still a necessity or a wrong priority?, Thomson Reuters Government Contracts Year In Review Conference, Washington, D.C./online conference, 17 February 2021
  • Modifications in pre and post awarding of contracts in public procurement procedures – recent developments, Annual Conference on European Public Procurement Law, Webinar of the ERA (Europäische Rechtsakademie) Trier, 19 March 2020
  • European Procurement Developments in 2019 – The EU’s drive for market foreclosure – protectionism or just a means to a (justified) end?, Thomson Reuters Government Contracts Year In Review Conference, Washington, D.C., 18 February 2020
  • Colloquium: What Happens If the U.S. Leaves the WTO Government Procurement Agreement?, GWU Law School, Washington, D.C., 18 February 2020
  • Discussion on how the European Union’s member states are addressing exclusion and debarment, ABA Committee Joint Meeting on Developments in International Debarment, 13 February 2020 (with Chris Yukins)
  • Applicable (Procurement?) Laws in collaborative procurement of security goods between EU member States, Public Procurement: Global Revolution IX, University of Nottingham, 18 June 2019 (with Christopher Wolters)
  • Bereichsausnahme für Rettungsdienstleistungen – einige klare Antworten und viele offene Fragen (EuGH, Urt. v. 21.03.2019 – C-465/17), DVNW forum “Vergaben im Gesundheits- und Sozialwesen”, Berlin, 12 April 2019 (EuGH-Verfahren Bereichsausnahme Rettungsdienst – Ein Interview mit den Prozessvertretern beider Seiten)
  • PaneI: View from the Private Bar, King’s College London – GWU Law Annual Symposium: Exclusion and Debarment in Procurement, King’s College London, 18 March 2019 (with Vera Eiro, John Pachter, Paul Khoury)
  • International Procurement Developments in 2018: Debarment in EU Public Procurement Law – Tentative progress or treading water?, Thomson Reuters Government Contracts Year In Review Conference, Washington, D.C., 19 February 2019
  • Assessing and Excluding Tenderers: Establishment and Operation of Debarment and Self-Cleaning Operations, 6th Annual EU Public Procurement Conference, Brussels 23 October 2018
  • Highlights in der EuGH-Rechtsprechung, 13th Deutscher Vergaberechtstag, Berlin, 13 June 2018
  • Die Eintragung im Register, Veranstaltung des forum vergabe e.V. zum Thema “Das neue Wettbewerbsregistergesetz”, Berlin, 12 December 2017
  • The German ‚School Grade‘ Controversy – or the obligation of transparency regarding award criteria, relative weightings and methods of evaluation, Nordic Public Procurement Forum 2017, Copenhagen, 14/15 November 2017
  • Seminar “Recent Developments in European Public Procurement and Case Law”, Europäisches Parlament, Brussels, 29 September 2017
  • Workshop IT-Vergabe, 12th Deutscher Vergaberechtstag, Berlin, 18 May 2017
  • “Alles neu bei der Eignungsprüfung?” and workshop “IT-Vergabe”, Brennpunkt Vergaberecht 2016, Düsseldorf, 8/9 November 2016
  • From grave misconduct to minor technical mistakes: grounds for exclusion and how to protect oneself, annual Conference on European Public Procurement Law 2016, Trier, 14/15 April 2016
  • Corruption, bribery, exclusion and self-cleaning, JUC Vergaberechtskonferenz, Copenhagen, 26 November 2015
  • German experiences on self-cleaning, Internationale Konferenz der ungarischen Vergabebehörde “The new public procurement act – implementation of public procurement directives”, Budapest, 11 November 2015
  • Panel: A Brave New World for Doing Business in Cuba, ABA SIL Fall Meeting, Montreal, 21 October 2015
  • Basisschulung Vergaberecht, forum vergabe, Berlin, 8/9 July 2015
  • Auswirkungen von TTIP und CETA auf das Vergabeverfahren, 10th Deutscher Vergaberechtstag, Berlin, 16/17 June 2015
  • Implication of Collusive Tendering and Bid-Rigging, EPPPL Intensive Workshop on Fraud & Corruption in Public Procurement, Brussels, 18/19 May 2015
  • Vergabe von Reinigungsdienstleistungen – Zusammenfassung und Trennung von Leistungen, Veranstaltung „Vergaben von Reinigungsdienstleistungen“ des forum vergabe, Düsseldorf, 14 October 2014
  • Panel: Comparison of Approaches to Litigation: Infringements, Complaints and Remedies, IBC Legal European Public Procurement Conference, Brussels, 23 September 2014
  • Trends within public procurement law in Germany, including procurement related litigation, Seminar LETT law firm, Copenhagen, 11 October 2012
excellent public procurement lawyer
JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien 2020/2021
very ambitious, focused, solution-oriented and pragmatic
Chambers Europe 2021