Standard Terms and Conditions of Use

Terms and Conditions

The content and documents available on the website of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) are provided on a non-binding basis for the general information and convenience of banks, insurance companies and financial services providers and their customers. The following terms govern the access and use of BaFin’s website. Please do not use this website unless you accept these terms and conditions.

1. Terms of use

As a general rule, the content and documents available on BaFin’s website may be stored, disseminated or reproduced. Anything different shall apply only where otherwise provided in the respective content or documents. The content and documents may only be disseminated or reproduced if the source is clearly identified. Unless otherwise stated on the document, the following source shall be given:

© Federal Financial Supervisory Authority /

For contributions that have also been published in the BaFinJournal (identified by a notice to this effect), separate Terms and Conditions of Use shall apply: reprinting and dissemination of such contributions are permitted only with the written consent – also by e-mail – of BaFin.

In the case of official works within the meaning of section 5 (2) of the German Copyright Act (Urheberrechtgesetz – UrhG), these may be neither altered nor falsified.

Content and documents accessible via the website of BaFin whose author is not BaFin but a third party are subject to statutory copyright and any terms and conditions of use of the respective author. Copyright of third parties may also exist where no explicit notice of third-party copyright is provided for content and documents on BaFin’s website.

To the extent third-party websites of commercial providers contain a hyperlink to BaFin’s website, such website may not contain any other elements in the browser window.

2. Limitation of liability

BaFin has compiled this website with utmost care and to the best of its ability endeavours to continuously supplement and update the information provided. Nevertheless, BaFin makes no representation or warranty that the available content and documents are complete, correct or up to date. Only printed publications of BaFin may be deemed official.

Liability claims against BaFin, its employees or those responsible for this website for tangible or intangible damage caused directly or indirectly by the use of this website are precluded to the extent they are not based on wilful or grossly negligent conduct. The foregoing shall not affect BaFin’s liability for damage arising from injury to life, limb or health based on a negligent breach of duty on the part of BaFin or any wilful or grossly negligent breach of duty on the part of its employees or persons responsible for this website.

3. Third-party websites

To the extent this website contains hyperlinks to websites of third parties this does not constitute any endorsement of the content thereof. BaFin has no control over the content or layout of third-party websites and as such assumes no responsibility for their content, particularly since it does not intend, nor is it able, to continually monitor and review the content of such third-party websites. BaFin expressly disassociates itself from content considered contra bonos mores or that may in any way be linked with criminal or other liability.

BaFin is not liable for loss or damage arising from the use of content provided on third-party websites. Links to other websites are provided solely for the convenience of our users.

Users accessing a link to any third-party website do so at their own risk.

4. Governing law and jurisdiction

Any and all disputes arising out of or in connection with this website shall be governed exclusively by the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany. Place of jurisdiction is the registered office of BaFin.

updated on: 09.09.2013