Dr. Richard Happ


Dr. Richard Happ

Dr. Richard Happ
Lawyer, Partner

Law office of Luther, Hamburg, State of Hamburg, DE (Germany)

ADR Certified Designation : Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb)

VanIAC Panel(s) : International Arbitration

Practice Areas : Corporate Commercial

Professional Experience

Dr Richard Happ is partner of Luther, based in the Hamburg office and co-head of the firm’s arbitration practice Group. He has as counsel or arbitrator in cases under the DIS, ICC, SCC, Uncitral, ad hoc and ICSID rules. Among those cases were disputes arising out of international sales contracts, oil and gas joint ventures, service and marketing contracts, commercial production agreements, power plant construction and foreign investments. His practice focuses on national and international arbitration in general and investment arbitration in particular. Dr Happ speaks German and English and has conducted arbitral proceedings in each of these languages. Dr Happ is co-chair of the DIS40, the German Institution of Arbitration’s Young Arbitrators Initiative, and co-founder of the Hamburg Arbitration Circle. He is ranked/listed for arbitration and dispute resolution in Chambers GlobalChambers Europe and Legal500.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training
  • Chairman 3 cases (DIS): post M&A, Gas price adaption, 2 x national, 1 x international (US/German)
  • Party-appointed 5 cases (DIS, SCC, HK Hamburg, ZPO ad-hoc): 3x international, 2x national; Sale of Goods, Hydro-carbon Joint Ventures, Gas price adaption, post M&A
  • Counsel in numerous cases under DIS, ICC, SCC, UNCITRAL, ZPO ad-hoc, UK ad-hoc, ICSID arbitration rules. Since 2008 counsel in four ICSID cases
  • Counsel in proceedings regarding the challenge /enforcement of awards and challenge of arbitrators


Professional and Other Activities
  • 2013: listed in “Who’s Who Legal: Germany 2013”, category Arbitration
  • 2011-2013: ranked in Chambers Europe in the category „Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel”
  • 2011 & 2012: listed in “The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration”
  • JUVE Guide 2010/2011: frequently recommended lawyer (competitor: “very committed”, “hard working”, “excellent development”) in the category “Dispute Resolution”
  • PLC 2011: listed in the category “Germany – Dispute resolution: arbitration”
  • 2011: listed in “The Legal 500” in the category “Dispute Resolution”
Academic Qualifications

1st State Exam, University of Kiel, 1996
Dr, iur., University of Kiel, 1999
2nd State Exam (=Bar Exam), Hamburg, 2001