GTAI: First Contact for Investment in Germany

Markets Germany talks to Silvia Obajdin and Fabian Möpert from the team of specialist advisors at GTAI’s Invest Support Services

June, 2018

What kind of questions do foreign companies come to you with?

Each business case is unique, therefore so are the questions. Our mission is to provide orientation for foreign companies seeking to enter the German business environment, as well as information relevant to their potential business venture. First we must gain a sound understanding of a company’s investment plans, then we keep talking with them to help map out their project.

Where do most of your investment enquiries come from?

Last year we supported companies from more than 70 countries. The most important sources of foreign direct investment into Germany are North America, Asia and our European neighbors. But we are always happy to assist, regardless of a company’s size and country of origin. The most common areas of investment for foreign investors we are seeing at this time are energy and environmental technology, production and materials, automotive, life sciences and projects concerning the digitization of society and the economy.

Does GTAI host business delegations from abroad?

Yes, we organize briefings for foreign delegations. Typically, these are groups of business managers, representatives of industry associations or governmental institutions. We also participate in events and conferences organized by our partners like the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad and embassies.

What do you like most about your work?

At GTAI we work within a truly international and thematically diverse setting and we have a meaningful task in promoting Germany’s economy. This is what we enjoy most.

GTAI’s Investor Support Services team ­supported companies from more than 70 countries last year with advice on how to enter the German market and thrive.  © Gordon Welters/laif