Haarmann was highly involved in the handling VW’s legal response to the Dieselgate scandal, and more recently was involved in EU antitrust proceedings concerning Adblue technology, which resulted in the European Commission imposing €875 million in fines on Daimler, BMW and VW for restricting competition in emission cleaning.
Haarmann’s ascension at VW follows the departure last year of David Detweiler, a former Clifford Chance partner, who was tapped by Volkswagen in 2016 to become its head of US legal. Detweiler was replaced as general counsel at Volkswagen of America by Stephan Halstrup, a German lawyer and former head of product defense law at Volkswagen.
Halstrup, Harrmann and Döss played key roles in advising Volkswagen on a $4.3 billion settlement with US regulators in 2017, in which the company admitted it misled regulators and customers about diesel engine emissions. Volkswagen is still fighting lawsuits stemming from the fallout of the scandal.