(1) The German Financial Intelligence Unit is required to receive and process the following reports and information for the performance of its functions:
- reports by obliged entities under section 43 and reports by supervisory authorities under section 44,
- notifications by revenue authorities under section 31b of the Fiscal Code,
- information transmitted to it
a) under Article 5(1) of Regulation (EC) No. 1889/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 on controls of cash entering or leaving the Community (OJ L 309, 25 November 2005, page 9), and
b) under section 12a of the Customs Administration Act (Zollverwaltungsgesetz), and
- other information from public and non-public sources within the framework of its functions.
- The German Financial Intelligence Unit analyses the reports filed under sections 43 and 44 and the notifications made under section 31b of the Fiscal Code in order to verify whether the reported matter is related to money laundering, terrorist financing or another criminal offence.
(3) 1The German Financial Intelligence Unit may, irrespective of the existence of a report, obtain information from obliged entities insofar as this is necessary for the performance of its functions. 2It sets an adequate time limit for the obliged entity to respond to its demand for information. 3Obliged entities under section 2 (1) nos. 10 and 12 may refuse to provide information insofar as the demand relates to information they obtained in the context of the provision of legal advice or the legal representation of the contracting party. 4However, the obligation to provide information continues to exist if the obliged entity knows that the contracting party has used or is using its legal advice for the purpose of money laundering or terrorist financing.