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Business Guide: Germany

Germany is the fourth largest economy in the world after the USA, China and Japan. For years the country has enjoyed a premier standing among the leading export nations of the world and the third largest exporter in 2014. In 2016, several renowned studies identified Germany as the most attractive investment location in the EU – as for example in the latest American Chamber of Commerce opinion survey conducted among US companies. Despite the Euro crisis and uncertainties in international markets, Germany continues to earn strong trust and high confidence as a location for doing business. International rankings especially cite the quality of Germany’s infrastructure and the excellence of its research and development landscape when explaining the appeal of the Federal Republic in international competition.

Foreign companies wishing to gain a successful foothold in Germany should plan their commitment carefully. Whether it be labour law, finance, taxes, financial statements or founding an enterprise – the following pages will provide you with the most important rules and regulations that you should observe as a foreign investor when entering the German market.

This guide has been prepared to provide businesses with an overview of Germany dealing with some of the factors that may affect the decision to do business in the country. However, the information contained in this document is generic in nature and should not be acted or relied on without obtaining specific professional advice. This guide includes legislation in force as of January 2017.