Dr. Oliver Heinrich

Attorney at law, Partner

Oliver Heinrich is co-founder and partner with BHO Legal, a boutique law firm based in Cologne, Germany, with focus on aerospace and high technology projects. Oliver Heinrich studied German and Anglo-American law at the Universities of Trier and Cologne. He earned his doctorate at the German Institute for Air and Space Law under Professor Hobe on questions of state aid and public procurement law for national and European research funding. His clients include public institutions, medium-sized companies and international corporations. Since 2010, he has been a permanent advisor to the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in Brussels and Prague on procurement law issues, with focus on security procurements since 2017. He has made an international name for himself through numerous publications and lectures on public procurement law as well as air and space law topics.

Before working as a lawyer, Oliver worked for several years as a project manager for the European satellite navigation project Galileo at DLR e.V. and participated in the negotiations of the international consortium in the bidding process for the Galileo concession as an authorised representative of TeleOp GmbH.

Education:

  • 2006
    Admission to the bar
  • 2004
    Degree in German Law (2nd State Exam), Ministry of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • 2003
    Award of PhD in law
  • 2000
    Degree in German Law (1st State Exam) University of Cologne, Germany

Work experience:

  • Present
    • Attorney-at-law and Founding Partner of BHO Legal
    • Permanent Legal Advisor of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), Brussels/Prague
    • Member of the Board of Directors of UVS International
    • Author in Juris-Practioner’s Commentary on Procurement Law in the chapter on Procurement procedures

    • 2007 - 2008
      Self-employed Lawyer, Kanzlei Dr. Heinrich, Cologne
    • 2006 - 2007
      Legal Manager, TeleOp GmbH, Weißling (Germany)
    • 2005 - 2007
      Project Manager European GNSS Programme Galileo, Cologne
    • 2004 - 2007
      Legal Advisor, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Cologne
    • 2001 - 2004
      Legal Clerkship

Publications (selected):

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Relevant terminology at a glance, BHO Legal, 5/2019.

European Union Working to Harmonize UAS Regulation, in: Inside Unmanned Systems, 12/2017/1/2018, pp. 60-64.
Legal framework for the use of drones in Germany (original: Rechtsrahmen für die Nutzung von Drohnen in Deutschland), in: PHI Haftpflicht international – Recht & Versicherung, 1/2018, pp. 14-21.

International Registry for Space Assets: Report on the Work of the Preparatory Commission (Rome, May 6-7, 2013 and January 27-28, 2014), conference report, in: Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht/German Journal of Air and Space Law, 2014, Heymanns, pp. 287 ff. (with Erik Pellander).

The Berlin Space Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (original: Das Berliner Weltraumprotokoll zum Kapstadt-Übereinkommen über Internationale Sicherungsrechte an beweglicher Ausrüstung), in: Praxis des internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts, 2013, Gieseking, p. 384 ff. (with Erik Pellander).

Comments on Section 3 VOL/A and Section 3 EG VOL/A, in: Juris-Praxiskommentar Vergaberecht, 2013, Juris (with Roderic Ortner).

Procurement in the Space Sector, in: Contracting for Space – Contract Practice in the European Space Sector, (Eds.: Smith, Baumann), Ashgate 2011.

Several contributions in: Hobe/Hofmannová/Wouters: A Coherent European Procurement Law and Policy for the Space Sector – Towards a Third Way, 2010, Lit Verlag, 512 p. ISBN: 978-3-643-10911-8.

Legal Remedies under the EU and ESA procurement regulations and their effect on European space projects, in: IBA Outer Space Newsletter, 2010 (with Ingo Baumann).

Ten Years of Cooperation between ESA and EU: Current Issues, in: Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht/German Journal of Air and Space Law, 2009, Heymanns, p. 49 ff. (with Stephan Hobe/Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd, Irina Kerner).

Development of the European Space Agency as the “implementing agency” of the European Union: Legal framework and adaptation requirements (original: Entwicklung der Europäischen Weltraumagentur als “implementing agency” der Europäischen Union: Rechtsrahmen und Anpassungserfordernisse), 2009, Lit Verlag, 458 p.., ISBN: 978-3-643-10047-4 (with Stephan Hobe/Irina Kerner/Annette Froehlich).

ESA’s institutional legal framework for performing the function of an implementing agency (original: Institutioneller Rechtsrahmen der ESA für die Wahrnehmung der Funktion einer “implementing agency”), in: Hobe/Heinrich/Kerner/Froehlich: Entwicklung der Europäischen Weltraumagentur als “implementing agency” der Europäischen Union: Rechtsrahmen und Anpassungserfordernisse, 2009, Lit Verlag, p. 53 ff.

PPP Negotiations in the Galileo Project – a Failed Approach (original: PPP-Verhandlungen im Projekt Galileo – ein gescheiterter Ansatz), in: Hobe/Heinrich/Kerner/Froehlich: Entwicklung der Europäischen Weltraumagentur als “implementing agency” der Europäischen Union: Rechtsrahmen und Anpassungserfordernisse, 2009, Lit Verlag, p. 138 ff.

WTO Procurement Law and its Importance for European Space Projects (original: WTO-Vergaberecht und seine Bedeutung für europäische Raumfahrtprojekte), in: Hobe/Heinrich/Kerner/Froehlich: Entwicklung der Europäischen Weltraumagentur als “implementing agency” der Europäischen Union: Rechtsrahmen und Anpassungserfordernisse, 2009, Lit Verlag, p. 165 ff.

Public procurement law for Galileo: ESA as procurement agent in the Galileo project (original: Vergaberecht bei Galileo: ESA als procurement agent im Projekt Galileo), in: Hobe/Heinrich/Kerner/Froehlich: Entwicklung der Europäischen Weltraumagentur als “implementing agency” der Europäischen Union: Rechtsrahmen und Anpassungserfordernisse, 2009, Lit Verlag, p. 194 ff.

Responsibility and liability for Galileo services and their relevance to system financing and commercialisation (original: Verantwortlichkeit und Haftung für Galileo-Dienste und ihre Bedeutung für die Systemfinanzierung und –kommerzialisierung), in: Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht/German Journal of Air and Space Law, 2008, Heymanns, p. 25 ff. (with Elmar Giemulla).

Galileo – liability risks (original: Galileo – die Haftungsrisiken), in: DGLR Kongress, 2008 (with Elmar Giemulla).

Liability risks and liability management for companies in the SatNav sector (original: Haftungsrisiken und Haftungsmanagement für Unternehmen im SatNav Bereich), in: Positions 2007, 2007, p. 123 ff.

The Legal Systematics of Research Funding in Germany and the European Communities in Observance of Freedom of Science and Competition Law (original: Die rechtliche Systematik der Forschungsförderung in Deutschland und den Europäischen Gemeinschaften unter Beachtung von Wissenschaftsfreiheit und Wettbewerbsrecht), in: Kölner Schriften zum internationalen und europäischen Recht, Vol. 6, 2003, Lit Verlag, 238 p., ISBN: 3-8258-7074-X.