The BDL (the Federal Association of German Leasing Companies) is the Berlin-based umbrella organization that represents the interests of the German leasing sector. The leasing companies generate 70 worth of investment business in 2020.
54 percent of all externally financed investments, and 25.2 of overall investments in machinery and equipment, are made through leasing agreements. In fifty years, leasing in Germany has established itself as the number-one investment tool in all branches of industry and commerce, and, in particular, in the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector.
Around 150 leasing companies, ranging from medium-sized businesses to international leasing concerns, have joined forces under the aegis of the BDL to engage in dialogue with legislators, public authorities, and the interested public at large about the possibilities this form of financing offers. The BDL’s membership accounts for more than 85 of the German leasing-market, so it can justly claim to be the central forum for discussion of all matters relating to leasing in Germany.