Investment Opportunities in Germany

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Protection of Foreign Investment

Bilateral Investment Conventions Signed By Germany
Germany has signed many bilateral agreements.
To see the list of countries, click here.
To see the conventions, click here.
International Controversies Registered By UNCTAD
Germany is in a controversy situation with India because of the Ashok Sancheti, with the Czech Republic in the of the forest and with Ukraine for an oil tanker litigation.
Organizations Offering Their Assistance in Case of Disagreement
ICCWBO , International court of arbitration, International chamber of commerce
ICSID , International Center for settlement of Investment Disputes
Member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Germany is a signatory to the Convention of the MIGA.

Country Comparison For the Protection of Investors

  Germany OECD United States
Index of Transaction Transparency* 5.0 6.0 7.0
Index of Manager’s Responsibility** 5.0 5.2 9.0
Index of Shareholders’ Power*** 5.0 6.8 9.0
Index of Investor Protection**** 5.0 6.0 8.3

Source: Doing Business

Note: *The Greater the Index, the More Transparent the Conditions of Transactions. **The Greater the Index, the More the Manager is Personally Responsible. *** The Greater the Index, the Easier it Will Be For Shareholders to Take Legal Action. **** The Greater the Index, the Higher the Level of Investor Protection.

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Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
Acquisition of Holdings
Foreign investors may have a majority holding in the capital of a local company.
Obligation to Declare
The agency for the promotion of foreign investment in the country gives information about the authorizations necessary for setting up.
Competent Organization For the Declaration
Federal Office of Economics and Export Control
Requests For Specific Authorizations
Investments have to be governed by the policies and the procedures which are specific to the sector.  For more information refer to the BAFA.
Find Investment Service Providers in Germany on

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Office Real Estate and Land Ownership

Possible Temporary Solutions
The property ownership regulation first and foremost comes from State responsibility.
The Possibility of Buying Land and Industrial and Commercial Buildings
Risk of Expropriation
According to German law, foreign investors are entitled to compensation if they are victims of expropriation.

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Investment Aid

Forms of Aid
Foreign investors should contact the Invest in Germany agency and the Federal Commissioner for Foreign Investment in Germany for further information about aid for setting up in Germany.
Privileged Domains
Subsidies, low interest rate loans, financial incentives and other financial measures are financed by the European Union, the Federal Government and various Länders (administrative units). For more information, refer to the German investment promotion agency.
Privileged Geographical Zones
The most important incentives concern operations carried out in the 5 new Länder in the East of the country. Companies can benefit from subsidies for equipment, structures for research and development (see with the Ministry of the Economy and Technology). They can also obtain preferential loans and guarantees, for example when they create autonomous structures in these Länder or when they acquire a holding in a company established in these same Länder.
Free Zones
The eastern part of Germany

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Investment Opportunities

The Key Sectors of the National Economy
Consumer goods, since the number of inhabitants is the highest in Europe. Subcontracted goods, as Germany is the machine tool champion. High technology products and the renewable energies.
High Potential Sectors
Services to consumers.
Privatization Programs
The railway, water supply and stakes in sports.
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Bundesausschreibungsblatt, Tenders official body (in German)
Tenders Info, Tenders in Germany
Ted - Tenders Electronic daily, Business opportunities in EU 27
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide

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Sectors Where Investment Opportunities Are Fewer

Monopolistic Sectors
Sectors in Decline
Wood, steel and iron industries.

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