Dr. Peter Happe

Graduate degree in business studies (Diplom-Kaufmann), Dr. rer. pol., German Certified Tax Expert

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Graduate degree in business studies (Diplom-Kaufmann), Dr. rer. pol. Peter Happe is a tax consulting partner at GHM Partners AG and a partner at the German tax consultancy GHM GmbH. Dr. Happe is also a member of the board of trustees of the Bürgermut Foundation in Berlin. Prior to taking on these positions, he was active as a member of the board of directors and CFO of a pri­vate equity fund, a partner at the Frankfurt office of the US law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, and a tax adviser at the inter­national law firm Clifford Chance. He worked as a research associate with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Baetge at the University of Munster from 1993 through 1997. Dr. Happe is a lecturer at the German Federal Academy of Finance, the Euroforum, Management Circle and IIR and has worked as an adjunct professor at TU Dresden.

  • Exams passed in 1993
  • Doctorate 1996
  • Tax consultant exams 1998
  • Certified Public Accountant (State of New York) 2000
  • Expert consultant for inter­national tax law (German Federal Chamber of Tax Advisers) 2010
  • Expert consultant for corporate succession (DStV) 2011

Dr. Happe's areas of specialization include advising high net-worth indi­viduals as well as compa­nies and corporations of all sizes in matters involving tax law, particularly inter­national tax law, accounting and consolidated financial reporting matters based on HGB, IFRS and US-GAAP and particularly advising in matters involving domestic and inter­national M&A transactions, corporate restructur­ing, structured financing, real estate investment, transfer pricing documentation and succession planning.

Peter Happe is a German native speaker and is fluent in English.


  • German-Swiss Chamber of Commerce
  • Cologne Chamber of Tax Consultants
  • Deutsche Anwalts-, Notar- und Steuerberatervereinigung für Erb- und Familienrecht e.V. (DANSEF) (German Attorney, Notary and Tax Consultant Association for Estate and Family Law), Stuttgart
  • Inter­national Fiscal Association – IFA, German Group of the Inter­national Fiscal Association
  • Münsteraner Gesprächskreis Rechnungslegung und Prüfung - MgK e. V. (Munster Discussion Group on Financial Statements and Auditing)
  • Steuerberater-Verband e.V., Köln (Cologne Tax Consultants Association), member of the German Association of Tax Advisers
  • Verein der Steuerberater, Wirtschaftsprüfer, vereidigten Buchprüfer e.V., Köln (Cologne Association of Tax Consultants, Auditors and Certified Accountants)


  • German
  • English