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Investment guarantees by the German Government protect German direct investments abroad against political risks. With regard to applications for investment guarantees for projects in Ukraine, the Federal Government is continuously monitoring the current dynamic situation. It is and remains the objective of the German Government to provide Ukraine with the best possible economic support. Decisions on applications are made on a case-by-case basis, depending on the specific risk situation. Existing investment guarantees continue to protect investors and financing banks against political risks in Ukraine. Investments by German companies can play an important role here.
This page offers a brief summary of information on investment guarantees for German projects in Ukraine as well as the current situation regarding cover policy for Russia and Belarus.
++++ Improved terms of cover for the Ukraine ++++
The IMC for Investment Guarantees has decided that the existing restrictions on cover for investment-like loans to Ukrainian project companies (exclusion of conversion, transfer and payment moratorium risks as well as the deferral of earnings cover) will be lifted with immediate effect. This applies to both existing and future investment guarantees for investment-like bank loans to project companies in Ukraine. In addition, it was decided not to charge any handling fees for Ukraine applications, initially for a limited period until 2025. Accordingly, only the annual guarantee premium will be charged for Ukraine guarantees.
The press release from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action can be found here.
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Project example Ukraine
Project example: Building materials for Ukraine
The FIXIT GROUP is a leading European manufacturer of building materials and produces insulation systems, mortars, plasters and paints in 68 plants in 19 European countries. As a group, it offers building materials and solutions for residential and non-residential construction, building construction and civil engineering, new construction and renovation.
For 20 years, the FIXIT GROUP has been actively operating under its Kreisel brand with a plant in Ukraine. Since 2018, this plant south of Kiev has been continuously and sustainably expanded. The plant has extensive production facilities for both dry and wet building materials.
In order to better meet the requirements of customers, especially in the regions of western Ukraine, and to better serve the rapidly growing building materials market in Ukraine, construction of a state-of-the-art, high-performance plant south of Lviv began in August 2021 after an extensive planning phase. This plant, which will have approximately 60 new jobs and state-of-the-art production standards, will produce high quality building materials for customers throughout Western Ukraine, produced according to European standards, and is prepared for further strong growth of the Ukrainian market through its modular expansion concept. Due to the outbreak of war in February 2022, construction work was increasingly complicated, but not suspended. Once completed, the Kreisel Ukraine plant is expected to play a decisive role in the reconstruction and modernisation of Ukraine. Thanks to the Federal Government's investment guarantee, which covers war-related and political risks, the injection of new capital and thus the continuation of construction work on site is ensured despite the uncertainties currently existing in Ukraine due to the war.
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Cover policy Investment Guarantees
The necessary requirements for legal protection are met by the German-Ukrainian Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), which came into force on 29 June 1996. The BIT does not specify any special authorisation or approval requirements with regard to its applicability. Apart from this, however, it is incumbent on the policyholder to obtain any necessary authorisations or similar in Ukraine in accordance with Section 13 (1) of the General Terms and Conditions.
In the case of equity investments, the Federal Government was recently unable to include conversion and transfer risks and risks from payment embargo or moratoria in the guarantee. It was also not possible to cover the earnings from equity participations.
On 16 June 2023, the National Bank of Ukraine lifted the previously applicable transfer and foreign exchange restrictions for government-backed loans. For this reason, the federal government has decided to lift all existing cover restrictions for investment-like loans.
On 24 February 2022 the Federal Government suspended the granting of investment guarantees to Russia until further notice. On 26 February 2022 an EU-wide ban on investment guarantees for Russia also came into force.
On 24 February 2022 the Federal Government suspended the granting of investment guarantees to Belarus until further notice.
Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions. Please feel free to contact us for further information.
Regarding applications for guarantees for investments in Ukraine, the German government is continuously monitoring the currently dynamic situation. It is still the objective of the German Government to provide Ukraine with the best possible economic support. Decisions on applications are made on a case-by-case basis on the basis of the respective risk situation. Existing investment guarantees continue to protect investors and financing banks against political risks in Ukraine.
Following the Russian attack on Ukraine, the German government suspended the issuance of export credit guarantees (so-called Hermes Cover) and investment guarantees by the German government for Russia and Belarus on Thursday, February 24, 2022 until further notice. No applications for the issuance of export credit guarantees and investment guarantees will be processed for these countries.
In addition, on Saturday, February 26, 2022, an EU-wide ban on export credit and investment guarantees for Russia took effect. Existing export credit and investment guarantees continue to protect exporters, financing banks and investors against payment defaults and political risks in Russia and Belarus.
We will keep you informed of further developments.
Existing investment guarantees continue to protect investors against political risks in Russia and Belarus.
We have summarized the most important information for you.
The General Terms and Conditions for Investment Guarantees are to be considered in any case. The current version can be found here.
Please immediately report to us in writing if you become aware of any risk-increasing circumstances or if your project is threatened or affected by the risks mentioned in Sec. 4 (1) of the General Terms and Conditions for Investment Guarantees (esp. nationalization, expropriation, expropriation-like intervention, war, moratorium on payments or impossibility of transferring payments). It is not necessary that you report the generally known warlike events in Ukraine as risk-increasing circumstances to us.
For more information on how to deal with risk-increasing circumstances, please visit the relevant page on our website
The Federal Government will try to support you diplomatically in case of a potential damage of your project in Russia, Belarus or Ukraine. If the failure of your project cannot be prevented, the Federal Government will assess whether you have a valid claim under the investment guarantee as part of the processing of your application for compensation. If a loss event is developing or may have already occurred, please get in touch with your contact person immediately or report to one of the contacts listed below.
For further information on Krisenmanagement der Bundesregierung and loss assessment and indemnification, please feel free to visit the relevant pages on our website.