Dr Richard Happ

Dr Richard Happ

Dr Richard Happ


T +49 40 18067 12766

Industries Energy , Real Estate & Infrastructure , Nordic Desk

Areas of Practice

Dr Richard Happ advises and represents both companies and states in complex litigation and arbitration proceedings. He specializes in arbitration proceedings where a government is involved, in particular, investment arbitration proceedings, and in arbitration proceedings in the energy sector. Richard Happ already acted as an advisor in disputes arising from gas storage and supply contracts, the sale of gas networks, claims for compensation under energy law, the construction of power plants, investments in wind power plants and solar plants, long-term supply and purchase right contracts, and disputes in connection with nuclear power plants. The relevant arbitration proceedings were conducted in accordance with the applicable international rules (DIS, ICC, ICSID, SCC, UNCITRAL) in Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France), Stockholm (Sweden), Geneva (Switzerland) und Washington, D.C. (USA). He is also regularly appointed as an arbitrator in disputes arising out of joint ventures and M&A transactions (post M&A disputes).

In his specialist area, Dr Richard Happ has for years been recommended and honoured in clients’ guides to the best lawyers, such as the JUVE Guide, Chambers, The GAR 100, The Legal 500, Expert Guides and Who's Who Legal. He has written more than two dozen articles and books on the topic of arbitration proceedings.


After studying law in Kiel (Germany) and Surrey (England), Dr Richard Happ received his doctorate in 2000 and carried out his legal training in Kiel, Hamburg (Germany), Brussels (Belgium) and Speyer (Germany). Richard Happ joined Luther's Hamburg office in 2001 and since then has worked as a lawyer specialising in litigation and dispute resolution. He is co-head of the German-wide Complex Disputes team.

Honors and Distinctions
  • Best Lawyers (2021): Award in "Corporate Law", "Arbitration and Mediation", International Arbitration" and "Litigation"
  • Chambers Europe (2020): Ranked in "Dispute resolution: Arbitration Counsel" Band 3
  • The Legal 500 (2020): Mentioned in "Dispute Resolution" - Energy, Commercial Disputes and Arbitration (including International Arbitration)
  • Chambers Global (2020): Ranking in "Dispute Resolution" (Arbitration Counsel)
  • Who's Who Legal (2020): Dr. Richard Happ is listed in the categories "Global Leader Arbitration", "Thought Leader Germany" and "Thought Leader Arbitration". WWL says: Richard Happ is "a top name in public international law" and "a leading investment arbitration expert", according to impressed peers.
  • Best Lawyers (2020): Recommended in the categories "Arbitration and Mediation, Corporate Law, International Arbitration"
  • JUVE Guide (2019/2020): Mentioned among frequently recommended in "Foreign Trade", "Energy Law" and "Conflict Resolution - Dispute Resolution: Trade and Liability", also listed as a renowned party representative in Arbitration Proceedings
  • The Legal 500 (2019): Recommendation in the category "Dispute resolution - arbitration" (including international arbitration) and in the category "Commercial disputes"
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2019): Listed in "Sector Focus Energy - Regulatory Consulting"
  • Who's Who Legal (2019): Dr. Richard Happ was again included in the category "Arbitration"
  • JUVE Guide (2018/2019): frequently recommended lawyer in the category "Foreign Trade"
  • JUVE Handbook (2018/2019) listed as frequently recommended lawyer in the category "Trade and Liability: Litigation Arbitration/Mediation, Product Liability".
  • Who's Who Legal (2018): Dr. Richard Happ listed in the category "Arbitration".
  • Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers - Deutschlands beste Anwälte (since 2016): Listed in Arbitration and Mediation; International Arbitration and Corporate law
  • Chambers Global (2015-2017): Listed under "Dispute Resolution"
  • Who's Who Legal (2018): Dr. Richard Happ listed in the category "Arbitration".
  • Who's Who Legal (2017): Dr. Richard Happ listed in "Thought Leaders 2017 Arbitration".
  • JUVE Guide (2016/2017): Listed under "Dispute Resolution", Regulatory: Energy", "Distribution systems" and "Region Hamburg"
  • Chambers Europe (since 2011): Ranking in the category „Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel"
  • The Legal 500 Germany (since 2015): Listed under Arbitration: "The key players are Richard Happ, Jutta Wittler,..."
  • The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration (2011-2014, 2015): Listed
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2014, 2015): Listed
  • Who's Who Legal: Germany (2013): Listed in the category Arbitration
  • The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration (2011-2012, 2014-2015): Listing
  • JUVE Guide (2010-2013): frequently recommended lawyer in the category "Dispute Resolution"
  • Competitor: "very committed", "hard working", "excellent development"
  • PLC (2011): Listed in the category "Germany - Dispute resolution: arbitration"
  • The Legal 500 (2011): Listed in the category "Dispute Resolution"
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2014): Listed
  • Best Lawyers Germany (since 2014): Listed in the category "International Arbitration"

  • The Future of Bilateral Investment Protection, 50 Years of Bilateral Investment Treaties Conference 2009: Taking Stock and a Look to the Future
  • Investment disputes in the energy sector, in particular on the base of the Energy Charter Treaty, Settlement of Investment Disputes With Countries in Transition
  • Zurechnungs- und Haftungsprobleme im Verhältnis von Mitgliedstaaten, Der EU-Refromvertrag von Lissabon
  • Investitionsstreitigkeiten auf Grundlage des Energiechartavertrages, 36. Energierechtliche Jahrestagung
  • Zuständigkeit des Schiedsgerichtes für vertragliche Ansprüche, Investitionsschutzrecht - und Praxis: Unternehmensstrategie
  • Die tatsächliche Bedeutung des Energiechartavertrages für die deutsche Energiewirtschaft, 2. Gesprächskreis Investitionsschutzrecht
  • The Foreign Nationality Requirement and Exhaustion of Local Remedies, The ICSID Convention - Taking Stock after 40 years
  • Commentator für Session 5, Investment Arbitration and the Energy Charter Treaty