Germany

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The finance ministers and central bank governors of the G7 member countries issued a joint statement on the widespread adoption of digital payments, highlighting risks related to financial stability, consumer protection, taxation, cybersecurity, money laundering and terrorist financing.

Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian issued a joint statement condemning the poisoning of Alexi Navalny in Russian territory and pledging to explore sanctions in response.

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Enforcement Actions

Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) ordered Deutsche Bank AG to adhere to the customer due diligence obligations stipulated in the German Money Laundering Act.


Important Facts

  • The U.S. State Department labels Germany as a jurisdiction of primary concern. Although not an offshore financial center, Germany is one of the largest financial centers in Europe. Germany is a member of the Eurozone, which makes it attractive to organized criminals and tax evaders. Indicators suggest that the jurisdiction is susceptible to money laundering and terrorist financing because of its large economy, advanced financial institutions and strong international connections. Although not a major drug-producing country, Germany continues to be a consumer and a major transit hub for narcotics. There is little data on the scale of activity, but Germany is estimated to have a large informal financial sector; informal value transfer systems such as hawala are used by immigrant populations accustomed to such systems in their home countries. Trends in money laundering include a decrease in cases involving financial agents. Cybercrime continues to challenge law enforcement and there has been an increase in cases of tax evasion, transnational collusive agreements and manipulations, and corruption and money laundering involving global financial institutions and corporations. Bulk cash smuggling by organized criminals also remains prevalent in Germany.
  • KYC Covered Entities: Banks, financial services, payment, and e-money institutions and their agents; financial enterprises; insurance companies and intermediaries; investment companies; lawyers, legal advisers, auditors, chartered accountants, tax advisers, and tax agents; trust and company service providers; real estate agents; casinos; and persons trading in goods
  • STR Covered Entities: Banks, financial services, payment, and e-money institutions and their agents; financial enterprises; insurance companies and intermediaries; investment companies; lawyers, legal advisers, auditors, chartered accountants, tax advisers, and tax agents; trust and company service providers; real estate agents; casinos; and persons trading in goods
  • Enhanced Due Diligence Procedures for PEPs: Foreign: Yes; Domestic: No
  • Money Laundering Criminal Prosecutions/Convictions: Prosecutions: 992 (2013); Convictions: 882 (2013)
-Source: 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)

Rankings

FATF i

Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 5 High :
Largely Compliant : 24 Substantial :
Partially Compliant : 15 Moderate :
Non-Compliant : 5 Low :

BASEL i

Rank : 107/141
Score : 4.42/10

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL i

Rank : 9/180
Score : 80/100

Tax Justice Network i

Rank : 14/133
Score : 52/100