Dr. rer. pol. Peter H. Happe
Fachberater für internationales Steuerrecht
Certified Public Accountant - C.P.A. (State of New York)
GHM GmbH Steuerberatungsgesellschaft is legal successor to Dr. Peter Happe Steuerberatung, Cologne, and was founded by Dr. Peter Happe. GHM GmbH Steuerberatungsgesellschaft is the German-based communicating tax firm of GHM Partners AG, Zug, a Swiss firm of tax advisors likewise co-founded by Dr. Peter Happe. Together, these two firms do business under the name of GHM Partners.
In 2014, GHM Partners (GHM Partners AG and Happe Steuerberatung) were designated for Top tax firm for international tax law by the weekly German magazine FOCUS (FOCUS special issue: “Erben und Vererben / Legacies and Inheritance”, February/March 2014, p. 106).
Under the name GHM Partners, a total of 14 professionals (tax advisors, Swiss tax experts, trustees, lawyers and notaries), and a back-office of 10 specially qualified members of staff who work in Germany (GHM GmbH Steuerberatungsgesellschaft) and in Switzerland (GHM Partners AG), cooperate across bordersin the area of international law and international tax law.
Dr. Peter Happe studied for a “Diplom-Kaufmann” degree in business administration at the University of Münster (top 5% of his class), subsequently acquiring his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol., summa cum laude) at the University’s Institute of Auditing under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jörg Baetge. In 1998, Dr. Happe was granted the occupational title ‘Steuerberater’, entitling him to provide advice on German taxes in a professional capacity.
Dr. Happe attended classes in taxation and business law at a university in New York City, where he also worked as a tax advisor and CPA assistant. In 2000, Peter Happe was appointed Certified Public Accountant by the State of New York.
Before becoming self-employed, Dr. Peter Happe worked for many years with the international law firm Clifford Chance and was a tax partner of the law firm Dewey Ballantine. He was also Chief Financial Officer and member of the board of a private equity fund management Company with almost 1 bn. assets under management in Zurich, Switzerland.
Dr. Peter Happe focuses on German and international corporate and partnership taxation. He also has extensive experience in advising high net-worth private individuals, health care professionals, hospitals and institutions, as well as charitable organisations and domestic and foreign trusts.
Having spent long periods living abroad and working in an international environment, Peter Happe’s main focus is now on international taxation.
In view of his sound knowledge and long-standing experience in this area, Peter Happe was appointed ‘Specialist Consultant for International Tax’ by the Chamber of Tax Advisors in May 2010.
After qualifying in 2011, Peter Happe was also appointed "Specialist Consultant for Corporate Succession " by the German Tax Advisor Association (Deutscher Steuerberaterverband e.V. - DStV) in 2011.
He also was appointed "Specialist Consultant for the Healthcare Sector" by the German Tax Advisor Association (Deutscher Steuerberaterverband e.V. - DStV) in 2017.
Dr. Peter Happe has worked as a lecturer at the Federal Fiscal Academy, the Zeppelin University Friedrichshaven and at the University of Dresden, and he has published numerous articles on tax law and tax accounting as well as accounting under IFRS and US-GAAP.
Dr. Peter Happe is member of the advisory board of the fund initiator “HABONA” located in Frankfurt/Main, www.habona.de, and a member of the board of trustees of the non-profit foundation “Stiftung Bürgermut”, Berlin, www.buergermut.de. The founder and the chairman of the board of trustees is the businessman and former MP and Berlin Senator Elmar Pieroth. The former German President Richard von Weizsäcker was a partner of “Stiftung Bürgermut”.
Attorney-at-Law (New York)
Certified Public Accountant (New York)
Other / Memberships
Dr. rer. nat. Diether Tillmann, graduate physicist, is partner with in Cologne. Before that he was among other positions partner of the globally acting consulting company Simon, Kucher and Partners in Bonn, and worked for Kienbaum in Düsseldorf.
Prior he was in two other consultancies in Cologne and in Paris. As scientific assistant to Prof. Dr. Kisker at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität in Düsseldorf he received his doctor’s degree in 1991 after finishing his exam in physics in 1988. Dr. Tillmann has a strong focus on transfer pricing and its documentation.
Dr. Tillmann held lectures and seminars at Managementforum and Management Circle. He is author of numerous articles of economic themes and co-author of several books dealing with strategy and marketing subjects.
Among his main activities is the consultation of medium sized and big companies, mainly operating globally in the area of investment goods, concerning all questions of strategy, marketing, sales, and pricing. In addition, he advises many companies in mainly technological industries.
In all cases the objective is to enhance the value of the companies through optimizations mainly on the turnover side. In this area Dr. Tillmann has gained more than 20 years of wide expert knowledge. Dr. Diether Tillmann speaks German as mother tongue, business fluently English and French.
Fachanwältin für Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht
Our cooperation partner Dr. Fabienne Kutscher-Puis, LL.M. is admitted to the Düsseldorf Bar and the Paris Bar and is also a certified lawyer for International Business Law. Before the establishment of KUTSCHER-PUIS | LEGAL in Düsseldorf she worked for the law firms Hogan Lovells, Düsseldorf and Paris, as well as for Lang & Rahmann, Düsseldorf.
The law firm KUTSCHER-PUIS | LEGAL has been specializing in commercial and corporate law in French-German relations for years and provides legal services in all other legal fields. KUTSCHER-PUIS | LEGAL assists, among others, French speaking companies in structuring their export and sale transactions, establishing branches and performing acquisitions in Germany. Furthermore, the firm advises German companies on their strategic orientations for their commercial activities in France.
German Chartered Accountant
Before working for GHM and founding CAFRAL, Guénolée Riboulet spent eight years at KPMG and was employed by MAZARS for nine years. Most recently, she ran her own accountancy practice where she focussed mainly on performing annual audits and providing transaction services.
Guénolée Riboulet is bilingual in German and French and also speaks fluent English.
Other colleagues who work in Switzerland, can be found at: GHM-Team