Germany offers the foreign investor exciting national and international marketing and business perspectives. But costs – and especially employment costs, when measured in terms of wage rates, social security and other charges levied on employers – are comparatively high. Investment success in Germany is thus dependent on a carefully planned, sophisticated operation. "Doing Business and Investing in Germany" is an indispensable reference work covering everything investors need to know about doing business in Germany – from corporate and labour law to finance, regulatory and tax.
Almost all forms of industry are represented within the broad-based German economy. As befits a country with high employment costs but with a well-educated population and a well-trained workforce, the most exciting prospects today are offered by industries in the forefront of technology and by the providers of sophisticated technical, commercial and financial services. Most German industry is dynamic and, except in the depressed areas, expanding. The state does not encourage the development of specific industries as a deliberate act of policy, but it does offer substantial subsidies and other support for, in particular, research and development likely to lead to new marketable products.
The guide "Doing Business and Investing in Germany" has been compiled to support international traders and investors on their way to Germany.