Status: Approved from Jocelline Bazile-Finley
In in order to have wider coverage and transparency and due diligence, OLPS
made a search and looked for potential law firms on the law site, Legal500
for Law firms with relevant experience.
The RFP was also placed on the UNDP procurement notice. (See attached copy
of the notice)
While the direct email had the names of the parties involved, the
advertisement on the public site was done in a manner to avoid revealing any
information on the parties involved, the location and amount of the conflict
in order to avoid other legal issues.
7 proposals were received by the deadline from the following firms:
Warson Farley and Williams
Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP
Dubarry Le Dourain
Shearman and Sterling
The evaluation criteria advertised in the RFP is the two staged evaluation
system whereby only firms who scored minimum of 80% in the technical
proposal will have their financial proposals opened.
At the end of the evaluation which was done by a team of Legal Experts,
3 firms, Reed Smith, Dubarry Le Dourain and Watson and Williams were rejected
as they did not pass the technical proposal.
4 Â firms, Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP, Wilmer Hale, Baker Mckenzie and
Shearman and Sterling who passed the technical proposals score of 80% had
their financial bids opened.
Out of the four responsive proposals, Baker & Mackenzie had the lowest cost
and was thus recommended by the evaluation committee for the contract. (See
attached evaluation report for details)