I am happy to announce that the 5th revised edition of Banking Business in Germany is now available. You can order it at „Fachverlag Moderne Wirtschaft“ (34,50 EUR). It is also available as an E-Book at ciando (28,50 EUR).
Banking Business in Germany, new 5th revised edition
“Banking Business in Germany” is again a joint project of the Association of Foreign Banks in Germany and PwC.
From the Preface, written by Thomas Schäfer, Minister of Finance of the State of Hessen:
Now in its fifth edition, „Banking Business in Germany“ presents the legal and economic frameworks for the banking sector in Germany.
The amendment of certain fundamental legal foundations for the supervision of Building Societies as e.g. amendments of the German Banking Act required modifications of the Building Society Act. Furthermore, the business environment for the Building Societies’ business has changed: a low interest level in the capital market is accompanied by a strong demand for residential property financing.
As time goes by …
Although it seems to me as if the 4th edition of Banking Business in Germany was finalised only yesterday: The regulatory pace is still high and changes the framework of the financial services market day by day. So the authors from Association of Foreign Banks in Germany (Verband der Auslandsbanken in Deutschland e.V.) and PwC will convene once more over the next months in order to implement the latest developments into a new 5th edition of this practical guide for foreign banks establishing a subsidiary or a branch in Germany.
When establishing or acquiring a bank in Germany, a regulatory business plan must be provided to the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority which contains, amongst other things, the expected costs. These costs include the mandatory contribution payments to the German deposit guarantee scheme Entschädigungseinrichtung deutscher Banken GmbH (EdB).
The implementation act changes the definition of deposits eligible for compensation, introduces new reporting requirements and extends information requirements.
The revised Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive (Directive 2014/49/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014, DGS Directive) provides new and largely harmonized rules at EU level for deposit protection. It aims to protect as many deposits as possible in favor of comprehensive consumer protection and in the interest of financial stability. The provisions form one of the pillars of the European Bank Union and are connected closely to the regulations on bank recovery and resolution.
The “Market in Financial Instruments Directive” (MiFID ) is currently being revised and will be final adopted as so-called “MiFID II” by the European Parliament later this or next month.
The definition of the term “financial instrument” is expected to be extended . For example, according to the draft, emission allowances will be classified as financial instruments . In addition, basically all physically settled commodity derivatives that are not stipulated bilaterally will be classified as financial instruments, with the exception of certain electricity, gas , coal and oil contracts.
We did it again: The 4th revised edition of “Banking Business in Germany” is now available.
Also the new edition was developed in close cooperation between the Association of Foreign Banks in Germany (Verband der Auslandsbanken in Deutschland e.V.) and PwC.
The book’s subtitle tries to explain its ambition in one short sentence:
“A practical guide for foreign banks establishing a subsidiary or a branch in Germany”
True. But actually the book covers much more: It presents a current overview of the economic, regulatory, legal and tax framework that applies to credit institutions and financial service institutions in Germany.
Typically an administrative offence exists when a necessary reporting pursuant to the Foreign Trade and Payments Regulation (AWV) was conducted incorrectly, incompletely, not at all, or not in time.
According to the changed rules within the Foreign Trade and Payments Act (AWG), the prosecution of that administrative offence will be ceased if it is a negligent breach of law, the breach was revealed by way of self-monitoring and the responsible authority was notified. Moreover, it is necessary that adequate measures are taken to prevent a repeat failure for the same reason. Pursuant to Sect. 22 para. 4 clause 2 Foreign Trade and Payments Act a notification to the responsible authority will only be regarded as voluntary if the respective authority has not started any investigations, yet.
Due to the very positive role of development banks in regard to the cyclical stabilization and the economic growth stimulus, we see the progression to a development bank 2.0 not only in Germany, but in an international environment.
This leads to an international momentum to take the positive aspects of development banks and establish them in their own countries. The aspects of the development bank 2.0 concern the independence of the bank regarding influence from politics. We observe an increase in freedom and a change from narrow political provisions to a leadership through goals, especially in the area of foreign bank foundation:
In the future, in the course of the banking licensing procedure according to KWG (German Banking Act) it has to be proven that the prospective managers of the institution are able to commit sufficient time to perform their functions. The license application has to include information according to which BaFin (German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority) can assess whether the managers are able to commit sufficient time to perform their functions. Especially the number of further directorships of the manager has to be given, as well as the expenditure of time which has to be donated to them. This has to be set into proportion to the time required for his management function in the new established institution.