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.
Before joining McDermott, Wilhelm was a partner in a magic circle firm and prior to this he set up and practiced at law firms, which he co-founded and in which he was a partner. Before, he was working and became a partner in major accountancy firms.
Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ 2021 in Germany, Leading Lawyer for Tax Law
Chambers Europe 2020, Germany: Tax
Member of the German Board of IFA (International Fiscal Association)
President of the Bavarian Board of IFA (International Fiscal Association)
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
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