At Page Seager, we understand that compliance with applicable laws and regulations is a critical and increasingly complex part of doing business, both in Australia and internationally. Our team is experienced in advising on a wide range of compliance issues.
Public Procurement and Probity
We work with corporate clients, State and local governments and government business enterprises in relation to the procurement by the public sector of goods and services, plant and equipment, information and communications technology, and building and construction works, including the purchase of consulting services and asset maintenance and improvement works.
Public procurement is a dynamic and challenging area of law for our clients, especially given the volume of laws and policies that impact directly on procurement by the public sector across Australia, and our clients appreciate our solutions-focused approach, and our commitment to ensuring that our knowledge and practices reflect all the latest developments in the procurement field.
We support our clients by offering solutions in relation to:
- procurement strategies, processes and methodologies;
- management of procurement processes, such as Requests for Expressions of Interest, Tenders or Requests for Proposal;
- preparation and negotiation of procurement contracts templates;
- dealing with probity issues involved in high risk or complex procurements; and
- establishment and implementation of contract structures such as joint ventures, alliance contracts and public/private partnerships.
Competition law continues to evolve and develop, and its reach is ever increasing. Recognising our industry experience and our focus on delivering solutions based strategies, our clients regularly come to us for advice on compliance with competition laws and for the development of specialised training programs, including:
- compliance with the restrictive trade practices prohibitions set out in Part IV of the Competition and Consumer Act;
- consumer protection including marketing and unfair contracts legislation;
- mergers and acquisitions;
- licensing, distribution and other vertical arrangements;
- regulator inquiries and investigations; and
- internal compliance procedures.
Bribery and Corruption
With increasingly onerous penalties and the possibility of incarceration in many jurisdictions, bribery and corruption is a serious issue for most organisations, particularly those doing business in developing countries. Navigating the applicable laws and regulations, while maximising commercial outcomes and minimizing risk, is complex and challenging.
Page Seager understands this complexity and have considerable experience in developing solutions to proactively manage exposure, particularly in high-risk countries, including:
- Preparation and implementation of best practice compliance systems, including internal policies, procedures, training and codes of conduct;
- Development and implementation of whistle blower procedures;
- Advising on high risk transactions and developing strategic solutions to ensure that transactions comply with applicable anti-bribery laws;
- Advising and representing clients in relation to regulator investigations; and
- Conducting internal audits to ensure compliance with applicable laws.
As General Counsel and EGM, Risk & Governance at Leighton Asia, David Palser developed and managed Leighton Asia’s Integrity Program and was involved in internal investigations of alleged bribery and corruption.
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