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Inbound services: Germany business network (GBN)

Building bridges between businesses in Germany and the United States.

PwC's Germany business network assists companies with expanding their international footprint. If you’re thinking about investing—or already have invested—in the United States or Germany, GBN's bicultural, bilingual advisors can help you navigate regulatory, language, cultural and other business challenges. Backed by our global team of trusted service providers, we can also work with your organization to manage assurance, tax and advisory issues, such as mergers & acquisitions, due diligence, valuations and investment exit strategies.

Why invest in the United States?

More than 3,000 German companies have already invested in the United States. The nation offers the largest consumer market globally and has free trade agreements with 20 countries, including Germany, which remains one of America’s top five investors. Recognized as a leader in research and development, the United States has more international patents registered than any other country. Innovators are protected by a well-structured intellectual property framework. Universities and incubators nationwide nurture new growth. The country ranks at the top for competitiveness and ease of doing business and has a diverse, skilled, innovative and mobile workforce. Geographically the world’s third largest country, the United States offers an abundance of resources and has the most developed, liquid, flexible and efficient financial markets.

Why invest in Germany?

Germany is one of the world's leading industrial nations and ranks among the top five largest trading nations. Home to 82 million inhabitants, Germany is the EU’s most populous country and has the largest market within the European Union. With a gross domestic product of more than USD $3.5 trillion, Germany’s economy is the largest in Europe, and the country has the fourth strongest economy in the world.

Investors benefit from Germany’s central location. It has an open market with 22,000 foreign enterprises employing more than 2.7 million qualified personnel. Offering a favorable environment for innovation, Germany has 277 international patents per one million inhabitants. Investors, current and potential, can benefit from the nation’s highly developed infrastructure and legal security. Foreign investors enjoy attractive tax subsidies and special financial grants, free access to investment in all sectors and eligibility for full business ownership, even in recognized sectors that are under public domain. Germany also permits foreign investment in national bodies such as mail, telecommunication and other such sectors.

Our services to businesses investing in the US

PwC's advisors have extensive experience working in the United States and around the globe. As you consider markets to enter, we'll help you calculate efforts and costs realistically and adapt approaches to local circumstances, including working conditions, communication styles and processes. Contact us today about any of our three main service areas: deals and consulting, cross-border tax services, and audit and assurance.

Deals and consulting

Market entry strategy and assessment

M&A due diligence, execution and integration

Valuation services (business combinations, fair value measurements)

Capital project management and delivery

HR strategy and shared services advisory

Corporate compliance, fraud and FCPA consulting

Supply chain and operations consulting

IT system strategy/development and IT support

Forensic services (investigation of fraud, economic crimes, and disputes)

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Tax services

  • Acquisitions and dispositions

Evaluate the US tax implications of US inbound acquisitions and dispositions designed to implement key initiatives

  • Business and tax alignment

Align cross-border business and tax objectives

  • Compliance

Address compliance requirements with respect to US federal and state tax laws, and hot topic areas such as transfer pricing and FATCA

  • Income tax provision and uncertain tax position analysis
  • Individual income and payroll taxes
  • US income tax treaties and competent authority

Determine the applicability and desirability of obtaining the benefits of US tax treaties in the context of cross-border financing and investment, international mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions

  • US tax benefits

Consider federal and state tax benefits, including credits and incentives available to US inbound companies

  • Legislative and regulatory services

Monitor real-time developments on fast-moving US federal and state legislative and regulatory developments

  • IRS audit support

Respond to IRS and state revenue services’ challenges, including proper characterization of US inbound financings as debt vs. equity.

  • US trade

Navigating the US customs and tariffs regimes.


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Audit and assurance

Audit and assurance reviews

Audit on internal control over financial reporting (J-SoX)

Accounting and regulatory advisory

Internal controls assessments

Reporting standards conversion (GAAP/CAS/IFRS)

Cost reduction/efficiency improvement reviews

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Andreas Eigel

Andreas Eigel

German Foreign Business Network Leader, PwC US

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