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Prof. Dr. Susanne Mertens LL.M.

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Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB

Biography

Prof. Dr. Susanne Mertens is a member of the Public Law Practice Group in the Berlin office. She is renowned for her focus on public procurement law and, since 2009, has been recommended several times in JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien.

Practice Focus

Susanne's focus is on national, European and international public procurement law. She advises and represents public authorities as well as tenderers in tender and review procedures, especially in the areas of public infrastructure, transportation systems and information technology and urban development projects.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised on the development of individually tailored purchasing and compliance strategies. 
  • Advised public authorities on the design and conception of complex procurement plans in the various fields of infrastructure in information technology, public transportation as well as waste management and construction.
  • Represented international and national companies and public authorities with respect to the purchase of comprehensive public supply and service contracts as well as public works contracts.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Baurecht e.V. - Member
  • Deutsches Vergabenetzwerk (DVNW) - Member
  • ARGE Vergaberecht im DAV - Member
  • Deutscher Baugerichtstag e.V. - Member
  • Berlin-Brandenburger Baurechtstag e.V. - Member
  • University of Wuppertal (Bergische Universität Wuppertal) - Lecturer for Public Law and Private Real Estate Law master's course for REM + CPM

Admissions

  • Germany (2001)

Education

  • Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Honorary Professor) (2018)
  • Fachanwältin für Vergaberecht (Attorney specializing in Public Procurement Law) (2017)
  • Fachanwalt für Bau- und Architektenrecht (Attorney Specializing in Construction & Architecture Law) (2013)
  • Fachanwältin für Informationstechnologierecht (Attorney Specializing in Information Technology Law) (2010)
  • Humboldt University of Berlin (Dr. iur.) (2004)
  • Higher Regional Court, Berlin (Assessor Exam) (2000)
  • University College Dublin (LL.M.) (1998)
  • University of Passau (Referendar Exam) (1997)

Languages

  • English
  • German

Publications

Co-author (with Janet Butler, Andreas Schulz, Katharina Weiner), "Handbuch des Vergaberechts," 2nd edition, 2037 pages, CH. Beck, October 2017

Co-editor and author, "VOB-Kommentar Bauvergaberecht Bauvertragsrecht Bauprozessrecht", edited by Franke/Kemper/Zanner/Grünhagen/Mertens, 2016

Co-editor and author, "Beck'scher Online-Kommentar Vergaberecht" edited by Gabriel/Mertens/Prieß/Stein, 2016

Events

Conducting lectures and special seminars on public procurement law and legal protection as well as on selected issues of contract law in various state academies, Euroforum, Forum Vergabe e.V., Immobilien- & Baurecht, Europäische Akademie as well as in-house trainings

Lecturer, procurement and construction law, and in the Master's program in Real Estate Management and Construction Project Management, University of Wuppertal, 2008-present