Consortium of Kocián Šolc Balaštík (KSB), PwC Legal Germany, PwC Legal Czech Republicc and Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advise the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency GSA26/03/18 / News

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) in Prague is an agency founded by the European Union whose mission is to implement the satellite programs GALILEO and EGNOS. GALILEO is a satellite navigation system that will be completed in orbit by 2020, providing improved positioning and timing information with significant positive implications for many European services and users. EGNOS is the Europe's regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that is used to improve the performance of global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs), such as GPS and Galileo.

In 2017, GSA tendered comprehensive legal advice services, in particular regarding public procurement law, competition law and contract management. A number of international law firms and consortia participated in the tender. In January 2018, the consortium with the participation of the IT Commercial and Public Procurement teams of PwC Legal Germany and Czech Republic, the Prague top law firm KSB and the German telecommunications law firm Heuking was awarded the contract for Lot 1 and 2. The international experience in the satellite, aviation and technology sectors combined with the required manpower and the local presence were the reason why this team, led by Jiri Hornik (KSB), Jan-Peter Ohrtmann, Marc-Oliver Brock (PwC Legal Germany), Borivoj Libal, Milan Fric (PwC Legal Czech Republic), and Michael Schmittmann (Heuking), were first to win.