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Doing business in Germany

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in Germany.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in Germany
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

Germany company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Overseas Business Risk - Germany
Report from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

International Business Guide: Germany
Guide on doing business created by HSBC. Sections cover conducting business, tax system, labour, audit, trade, finance, infrastructure. Published in 2019.

Doing Business in Germany
Guide produced by the German member firms of Morison KSi, offering an overview of issues for organisations considering setting up business in Germany. It describes business structures, labour and personnel issues, international mobility and visas, the taxation system, banking and finance, reporting requirements, grants and incentives, and agencies providing assistance. Second edition published in March 2019.

Doing business in Germany
Guide prepared by Moore Stephens member firms on doing business with or in this country. It also provides useful information for those living and working in Germany either temporarily or permanently. Published in September 2018.

Doing business and investing in Germany
A publication from PwC Germany released in January 2017, covering everything investors need to know about doing business in Germany.' The guide includes sections on exporting, business entities, labour relations and social security, audit requirements and accounting practices, tax system and administration, taxation of corporations, taxation of individuals and indirect taxes.

Doing Business in Germany
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. This publication is current at August 2016.

Germany: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in Germany. 2015/2016 edition.

Exporting

On our Exporting to Germany page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

European Commission: Corporate governance
Overview of current regulations and updates covering directors and board members, shareholders, employee share ownership, remuneration policies, transparency, and financial institutions. The page links to EU Directives, recommendations and proposals.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

The float guide: How to float a company on the German Securities Exchange
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on the amicable phase, legal procedures, enforcement, insolvency proceedings and arbitration and mediation.

Forums and support networks

Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag [Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry]
Federation of chambers across Germany.

British Chamber of Commerce in Germany
A support network for promoting business and trade between Britain and Germany. The services section contains useful contacts and information.

German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce
A forum for business people to network and encourage best practice, trade and investment between Britain and Germany.

Enterprise Europe Network
Network created by the European Commission of business support organisations helping SMEs to gain access to the EU market.

Embassies and consulates

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in Germany
Analysis of the business environment in Germany, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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