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Specialized Financial Services Pool

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel (“OGC”) has established a general pool of qualified Law Firms to serve as Specialized Financial Services Counsel, from time to time, to agencies and authorities (“Agency”) subject to the General Counsel’s authority in the following categories:  Specialized Securities Counsel (including but not limited to disclosure counsel, co-bond counsel and issuer’s counsel), Specialized Tax Counsel or Audit Services, Structured Finance/Capital Investment Counsel, and Specialized Collections, Creditor Rights and Bankruptcy Counsel (each, a "Category" and together, "Categories"). 
 
This Request for Qualifications ("RFQ") is issued pursuant to Section 518 of the Commonwealth Procurement Code, 62 Pa.C.S. §518, in accordance with Executive Order 2015-2, dated January 20, 2015, to specify a uniform format for Statements of Qualifications to be submitted by Law Firms in order to be qualified in a new Specialized Financial Services Counsel Pool.
 
The Commonwealth will consider the Statements of Qualifications submitted in response to this RFQ and will establish a Specialized Financial Services Counsel Pool of Law Firms meeting the Minimum Qualifications contained herein.  Subject to the exceptions and conditions set forth in Executive Order 2015-2, when a specific matter requiring services of Specialized Financial Services Counsel by Categories identified, the Agency (or the Commonwealth) will issue a request for proposals ("RFP") with the specific requirements (the "Specific Qualifications") relating to the matter and the timeframe for responses to the Specialized Financial Services Counsel Pool.  Only Law Firms qualified within the Categories in the Specialized Financial Services Counsel Pool may respond to the RFP. The Agency will select the firm, or firms where more than one contract is awarded, determined to be the best qualified based on the evaluation factors set forth in the RFP.  The final amount of fair and reasonable compensation shall be determined through negotiation.
 
ALL Law Firms wishing to participate in any capacity as Specialized Financial Services Counsel to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must submit their qualifications pursuant to this RFQ.  OGC desires a diverse pool of financial services counsel firms for the purpose of best assisting an Agency in meeting its goals.  Firms of all kinds and sizes, including but not limited to small, diverse and women-owned firms, are encouraged to apply for admission to the Pool.  Any Law Firm must be qualified in the appropriate Category of the Specialized Financial Services Counsel Pool in order to submit a proposal for a specific matter announced by the Commonwealth.  Law Firms may submit qualifications to multiple Categories.
 
**IF YOU FEEL THAT YOUR NAME SHOULD BE ON THIS LIST AND IT IS NOT, PLEASE REACH OUT TO JORDAN KIESSLING.   IF YOU FEEL THAT YOUR NAME IS ON THIS LIST IN ERROR, PLEASE CONTACT MRS KIESSLING AND IT WILL BE REMOVED.  ALSO NOTE THAT THIS REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) PROCESS IS AN OPEN ENROLLMENT.  THEREFORE, IT IS NEVER TOO LATE FOR A FIRM TO SUBMIT THEIR QUALIFICATIONS FOR INCLUSION INTO THESE POOLS.**