Wilhelm 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. Wilhelm Haarmann was up to 2018 for 30 years member of the supervisory board of SAP AG/SE.
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 his own law firm, as well as working as an accountant for two major accountancy firms.
Wilhelm is co-editor and author of a commentary on the German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act, as well as being the author of several scientific papers and regularly speaking at seminars and conferences. Wilhelm established the annual Haarmann tax conference and continues to play a leading role in the conference organisation.
Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ 2020 Germany: Leading Lawyer for Tax Law
Education Certified public accountant, 1983
Certified tax advisor, 1981
University of Münster, Dr. jur. (PhD), 1977
Second State Exam, Ministry of Justice Düsseldorf, 1976
First State Exam, Higher Regional Court Hamm, 1973
Universities of Freiburg and Münster, Law and Economics, 1969-1973
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