Overview


Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Haarmann focuses his practice on international tax matters and corporate law, drawing on his triple qualification as a lawyer, tax consultant (Steuerberater) and certified accountant. He is seasoned in company law matters having been involved in major transactions and corporate governance questions as a member of supervisory boards. He has advised the IPO of SAP AG/SE in 1988 and was in SAP’s supervisory board for 30 years, heading for many years the investment and finance committee. Wilhelm advises on tax and company law (including governance issues), as well as on corporate transactions (including major mergers and acquisitions), and he is active as an arbitrator in arbitration proceedings. Wilhelm represents clients in all courts, including before German tax tribunals (Finanzgericht and Bundesfinanzhof) and the European Court of Justice, on tax-related disputes.

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Results


  • Advised Vodafone, on its acquisition of Mannesmann*
  • Advised a large software house in Germany on its sale*
  • Advised a German family company on corporate restructuring in the light of changes of Germany’s law on inheritance tax
  • Advised several companies on tax disputes
  • Advised a major German company in a tax audit where several hundred million Euro taxes were at risk

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Recognitions


  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ 2021 in Germany, Leading Lawyer for Tax Law
  • Chambers Europe 2020, Germany: Tax

Community


  • Member of the German Board of IFA (International Fiscal Association)
  • President of the Bavarian Board of IFA (International Fiscal Association)

Credentials


Education
Honorary Professor for Tax law, University Bamberg, 2000
Certified public accountant, 1983
Certified tax advisor 1981
University of Münster, Dr. jur. (PhD), 1979
Ministry of Justice Düsseldorf, Second State Exam, 1976
Higher Regional Court Hamm, First State Exam, 1973
Universities of Freiburg and Münster, Law and Economics, 1969-1973

Admissions
Germany since 1977

Languages
German
English

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Haarmann

Insights & Events / Media

Frankfurt, Germany / McDermott Event / October 15, 2019

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