Jan Helge Mey, LL.M. (McGill)

Attorney at law, Partner

Jan Helge Mey has been a partner at BHO Legal since February 2019. His main areas of expertise include public procurement law, public commercial law, subsidy and foreign trade law as well as air and space law. After his studies in Cologne and Qingdao (PR China), he specialized in air and space law at McGill University in Montréal (Canada) and subsequently worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Air and Space Law in Cologne. His areas of expertise included European Space Procurement, legal issues related to space debris and protection mechanisms for critical space systems.

After his legal clerkship, with stations at the German Aerospace Center, among others, Jan worked as a lawyer at CMS Hasche Sigle in Cologne in the fields of public procurement, public commercial law, foreign trade law and public-private partnerships. He is a specialist lawyer for public procurement law and advises on the implementation of public procurement procedures, satellite projects and on legal issues concerning drones. His clients include European institutions, federal and local authorities, as well as large and medium-sized companies.


  • 2016
    Specialist lawyer for Public procurement law
  • 2013
    Degree in German Law (2nd State Exam), Ministry of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • 2008
    Master of Laws (LL.M.), McGill University, Montréal
  • 2007
    Degree in German Law (1st State Exam) University of Cologne, Germany

Work experience:

  • Present
    Attorney-at-law and Partner of BHO Legal
  • 2013 - 2019
    Senior Associate at CMS Germany, Cologne
  • 2011 - 2013
    Legal Clerkship, inter alia CMS Deutschland, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • 2008 - 2010
    Research Associate at the Institute of Air and Space Law
  • 2007 - 2009
    Secretary to International Arbitral Tribunals (Investor ./. State)

Publications (selected):

  • Author in commentary on public procurement law: Heuvels/Höß/Kuß/Wagner (publ.), Vergaberecht Gesamtkommentar, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart, in particular: framework agreements, defence and security.
  • Regular publication of reviews for the monthly digest on public procurement law “Literaturbrief – Literaturführer Vergaberecht” of forum Vergabe e.V. on public procurement literature since February 2015, https://literaturfuehrer-vergaberecht.de
  • The contracting authority has the power when it comes to defining the criteria for limiting the participants! (original: Der Auftraggeber hat die Macht, wenn es um die Definition der Kriterien für die Begrenzung der Teilnehmer geht!), VK Nordbayern, decision dated 01.10.2020 – RMF – SG21-3194-5-36), in: Vergabeblog.de dated 18.01.2021, no. 46073.
  • Hidden product specification and project prices: a tale about sufficient disclosure efforts of a bidder (original: Verdeckte Produktvorgabe und Projektpreise: eine Geschichte über ausreichende Aufdeckungsbemühungen eines Bieters), OLG München, decision dated 26.03.2020 – Verg 22/149, in: Vergabeblog.de dated 29.06.2020, no. 44378.
  • Digital file Berlin: Response expectations must be verifiably established before the opening of the offer (original: Digitale Akte Berlin: Antworterwartungen müssen vor der Angebotsöffnung nachweisbar feststehen), VK Berlin, decision dated 13.03.2020 – VK-B1-36/19, in: Vergabeblog.de dated 04/05/2020, no. 43942.
  • How Will New EU Drone Regulations Impact Commercial Operations Across Europe?, interview with COMMERCIAL UAV NEWS, www.commercialuavnews.com, 7 January 2020.
  • Keeping agile – legal challenges in smart cities, The Future of Transportation 2019, pp. 182-184 (co-authors G. Deiters and O. Heinrich).
  • European Union UAS Harmonization Moves Forward – What’s Changed? What Are The Implications?, in: Inside Unmanned Systems June/July 2019, pp.70-73 and August/September 2019, pp. 54-57 (co-author O. Heinrich).
  • EU revises the safety regulations for drone flights (original: EU regelt Sicherheit für Drohnenflüge neu), interview, Börsen-Zeitung, 14 July 2018.
  • Leniency applicant status does not protect company from necessary self-cleaning, International Law Office Competition & Antitrust, April 2016 (co-author: C. Scherer-Leydecker).
  • Drones: Transport system of the future? (original: Drohnen: Transport der Zukunft?), Elektro-Wirtschaft, March 2016, p. 14.
  • A uniform regulation for drones in Europe (original: Eine einheitliche Regelung für Drohnen in Europa), PARISBERLIN MAG, March 2016, p. 78.
  • Drones: they are everywhere (original: Drohnen: Sie sind überall), economia HISPANO-ALEMANA, 4/2015, October 2015, pp. 78-79.
  • Space Debris Remediation: Some Aspects of International Law Relating to the Removal of Space Junk from Earth Orbit, Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht (ZLW), 2012, p. 251-271.
  • Towards Long-term Sustainability of Space Activities: Overcoming the Challenges of Space Debris – A Report of the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Space Debris, UNOOSA STSC, UN doc. A/AC.105/C.1/2011/CRP.14, 3 February 2011 (editor-in-chief: R. Jakhu).
  • A Coherent European Procurement Law and Policy for the European Space Sector – Towards a Third Way, Research project of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union, edited by S. Hobe/M. Hofmannová/J. Wouters, December 2010 (co-author) and presentation of the final report to the EU Commission and European Space Policy Expert Group, Brussels, 14 September 2010.
  • Second Session of the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Space Debris, Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht (ZLW) 2010, p. 398.
  • Procurement in the European Space Sector, International Astronautical Congress 2009, Daejeon, Korea (co-authors: S. Hobe/I. Kerner).
  • UN Space Debris Mitigation Guidelines, Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht (ZLW) 2009, 388 (co-author: S. Hobe).
  • Space Law & Space Debris, paper submitted to the first session of the International Space Debris Congress, Montréal 2009 (co-author: S. Hobe).
  • Law and the Extension of the Human Presence with Moon 2.0 – Update to Global Compact 2.0?), Montréal 2008.
  • Blog and news articles
  • EU Commission gets a say on FDIs affecting space programmes and other critical infrastructure, published at BHO-Legal.com dated 25/03/2019.
  • Various contributions on foreign trade law in: CMS Update Commercial Newsletter 2017/2018.
  • New package of measures to strengthen the EU Single Market (original: Neues Maßnahmenpaket zur Stärkung des EU-Binnenmarktes), CMSHS-Bloggt.de dated 19/12/2017.
  • Christmas time is drone time (original: Weihnachtszeit ist Drohnenflugzeit), CMSHS-Bloggt.de vom 6/12/2017.
  • New drone regulation comes into force (original: Neue Drohnen-Verordnung in Kraft getreten), CMSHS-Bloggt.de dated 21/04/2017.
  • Space 4.0 – a new era of space travel (original: Space 4.0 – eine neue Ära der Raumfahrt), CMSHS-Bloggt.de vom 12/04/2017.
  • The new drone regulation (original: Die neue Drohnen-Verordnung), CMSHS-Bloggt.de dated 13/02/2017.
  • EU Commission proposes legal framework for drones as part of the aviation strategy for Europe (original: EU-Kommission schlägt Rechtsrahmen für Drohnen als Teil der Luftfahrtstrategie für Europa vor), CMSHS-Bloggt.de dated 18/02/2016.
  • Antitrust and public procurement law: Even leniency witnesses have to clean up after themselves (original: Kartell- und Vergaberecht: Auch Kronzeugen müssen sich selbst reinigen), CMSHS-Bloggt.de dated 10/02/2016.
  • The outer space treaty: the final frontier..? (original: Der Weltraumvertrag: Unendliche Weiten…?, CMSHS-Bloggt.de dated 26/01/2016.