Company Formation in Germany GmbH, UG

Register your company in Germany with us.
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Order your company formation in just five minutes. Our certified corporate lawyers will individually advise you regarding the company formation process.

Fast and reliable company formation service from experienced lawyers.

  • Fast service: instant contact with our lawyers for company registration 
  • Flat fees: we offer reasonable flat fees with no hidden costs
  • Experienced lawyers: certified specialist lawyers for company law, with a long record of international company registrations, comprehensive legal advisory services
  • Complementary services through our partners: accounting, payroll-services, tax advisory services, registered offices, secretarial services.

Purchase your ready-made GmbH company now.

We have many ready to operate GmbH companies with bank account.

Read more about the details for your GmbH shelf company here.

 

Our specialized lawyers will advise you on the company formation of GmbH, UG and other types, restructuring of companies and ongoing support of companies.

The certified lawyers for commercial and corporate law of our law firm are your experienced partner if you want to establish your company. No matter whether GmbH, UG (Mini-GmbH) or partnerships, we advise and support you closely with tax advisors competently and reliably when it comes to German and international corporate law.

 

  1. Application for an EORI number
    Application for an EORI number
    €500.00

    Here you can instruct us to apply for an EORI number in Germany. This is issued to all economic operators who import or export goods. It also serves to facilitate customs clearance. National authorities can thus more easily identify all economic operators and better trace the flow of goods. Both private individuals and companies can register. In addition, the identifier will only be issued once and will be valid throughout Europe.

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  2. Company incorporation GmbH & Co. KG (limited liability company & Co. KG)
    Company incorporation GmbH & Co. KG (limited liability company & Co. KG)
    €2,700.00
    The limited liability company & Co. KG represents a useful alternative to the limited liability company, above all if the partners work together in the same way as in a partnership, but at the same time want to avoid unlimited liability. Irrespective of whether the partner limited liability company already exists or not, we prepare all the necessary documents for you, and assist you professionally from the commission through to notarial certification. Learn More
  3. Application of a branch office in Germany
    Application of a branch office in Germany
    €1,800.00

    For foreign corporations the registration of a branch establishment might be a reasonable alternative to establishing a German subsidiary. We provide you with a quick and smooth preparation and we will handle the registration proceedings. If requested we can provide you with an address for your branch and help you to open a bank account. Furthermore, we can provide you the necessary tax and accounting services in cooperation with our tax consulting firm.

    Complete remote registration and bank account opening possible.

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  4. Company incorporation stock corporation (Aktiengesellschaft)
    Company incorporation stock corporation (Aktiengesellschaft)
    €3,850.00
    Are you looking for an internationally common form of corporation with which you can take on new partners easily and without complicated formalities? Let us convince you of the advantages and structural possibilities of a public company. We assist you from the commission to the compilation of the founding documents and through to registration of the company foundation and entry in the Companies Register. Foundation by an authorised representative or trustee is also possible. Learn More
  5. Company incorporaton limited partnership (Kommanditgesellschaft)
    Company incorporaton limited partnership (Kommanditgesellschaft)
    €1,450.00
    The partnership (Kommanditgesellschaft - KG) is a partnership trading company in which usually only one partner has the say, and consequently has sole unlimited liability. The liability of the other partners is limited. The partnership is therefore ideally suitable for the participation of minority partners in a company. We will organise the founding of the partnership for you quickly and professionally, from commissioning through to entry in the Companies Register. Learn More
  6. Company incorporation general partnership (offene Handelsgesellschaft (oHG))
    Company incorporation general partnership (offene Handelsgesellschaft (oHG))
    €1,450.00
    Take advantage of the clear benefits of an open trading company! In contrast to the company under civil law (GbR), business partners can establish quickly and easily from the entry of the open trading company in the Companies Register who is the partner of the open trading company and where it is based. The open trading company therefore combines the simple operation of the company under civil law with the better external effect due to the Register publicity. And from a certain volume of business, every company under civil law is in any event considered to be an open trading company. Learn More

Legal services for company formation in Germany

Liesegang & Partner's competence in Germany includes legal advice and representation for clients in Germany for setting up a company. We also offer maintenace and compliance services for your company during its existence and also to the major changes in the structure and activity of your company.

What are the steps to register a company?

In Germany the incorporation of a legal entity consists of several steps and, when working with our law firm, the procedure will take approximately two to four weeks. We will guide and assist you in checking the name of company at the local chamber of industry and commerce, when notarizing the articles of association and memorandum of association, for opening a bank account and then registering the files the articles of association with the local commercial register and sending a notification to the local office of business and standards. Once the company is established, we will help you register it with the professional association of the relevant trade, as well as register at the local labor office, registering the employees for health and social insurance and finally sending the relevant documentation to the Tax Office.

 

Which company types exist?

An important decision when opening a company in Germany is selecting the type of business entity. Our lawyer in Germany is here to help you make that choice, based on the available capital, the size of the future business and the business sector in which you wish to enter. The list below highlights the characteristics of five of the most popular types of companies in Germany:

  • The limited liability company GmbH or UG (aka Mini-GmbH): the GmbH is suitable for small or medium businesses and has a capital of 25,000 EUR. A mini-GmbH can also be incorporated and for this business form the capital will be 1 EUR. Due to a higher share capital we often suggest our clients to register a GmbH (instead of an UG) as the GmbH company form is more accepted as a business partner. But it is also possible to increase the share capital (of an UG) to 25.000,00 EUR and change the UG to a GmbH later.
  • The joint-stock company AG: this is suitable to large companies and has a minimum share capital of 50,000 EUR.
  • The civil law partnership, Gesellschaft bürgerlichen Rechts, GbR: This the easiest form if conducting business with one or more partners. It can be established with a non written mutual agreement and has not to be registered in a company register. All partners are fully liably with their private assets.
  • The partnership (Kommanditgesellschaft KG, offene Handelsgesellschaft OHG: the general commercial partnership and the limited commercial partnership are business forms that offer general and/or limited liability to the partners.
  • The branch: this is the registration of the foreign parent company, it is not a separate legal entity.
  • The sole trader: the simplest business form and the one with the highest degree of liability, suited for one-man businesses. This is not a separate legal entity. It just describes the individual as a business person.

 

 

General information about the GmbH or UG / Mini-GmbH company formation process

No presence required for notarization

It is not required that the shareholder(s) or the managing director(s) are present in Germany for the company formation. We would use notarized powers of attorney for the shareholders then. This PoA can be signed by the shareholders before a notary public abroad. Furthermore, the appointed managing director must sign a declaration. This declaration can also be signed before a notary public abroad.

Registered office requirements

The company will need a registered office in Germany. Usually, a virtual office is not sufficient for tax purposes. We can refer you to a provider like www.regus.com. Costs start from 200 EUR per month.

Bank account

A new bank account must be opened for the company. This can be made after the notarization of the company formation. Generally, it is required that the managing director personally opens the bank account. The exact procedure depends on the bank at which the business bank account is opened. We have also have options to remotely open the bank account.

Share capital

The share capital must be deposited in the newly opened companies bank account. Afterwards the application to register the company in the company register can be filed.

 

Residence permit, Visa

A residence permit or address is neither required for the shareholder nor the managing director. If you have questions regarding residence or work permits, please contact the German embassy in your country. We do not advise regarding immigration.

Time frame and further process

After we have received your instructions, we will contact you and prepare the formation documents. Depending on how fast the (notarized) documents (PoA from shareholders, managing director’s declaration) are sent back to us we can conduct the company formation within a few business days. Afterwards it may take between two and four weeks to get it registered.

Managing Director / Shareholders

At least one managing director and one shareholder must be appointed. Managing director and shareholder can be the same person. Their nationality or residential status is not relevant.

 

VAT, EORI, accounting and tax services

After the initial registration we can help to find an appropriate provider for administrative and accounting services upon request. For example, we have a partner firm who can register the company for general tax and VAT purposes, file tax declarations, manage account and annual financial statements. Costs depend on turnover, monthly transactions and required services like payroll etc..

 

Which documents are required for the establishment of a limited liability company in Germany?

1.   Individuals as shareholders

If individuals shall be shareholder of the company, only a passport copy of each shareholder is required.

2.   Company as shareholder

Having a company as shareholder is a bit more elaborate as if only individuals are involved in the formation process. 

If a foreign company shall be shareholder, we have to provide the German commercial register with an official proof that the foreign company exists and who is allowed to represent it. Basically, it is enough to provide them with an official excerpt of the foreign companies register reflecting all the required information. This excerpt has to be certified and further be legalized or apostilled (depending on the country). 

Examples:

-       UK Limited: a certified Certificate of Good Standing from the Registrar of the Companies House is required (stating that the company is in unbroken existence and who are the directors).

-       Singapore Pte. Ltd.: a certified excerpt from the ACRA is required 

-       Australian Pte. Ltd.: a certified excerpt from the ASIC is required 

-       USA LLC (registered in Delaware): a certified Certificate of Incumbency is required 

 

However, there are countries where no detailed register extracts are available. In this case, a notary’s confirmation is also sufficient. The notary’s confirmation basically must have the following content:

-       Name and address of the Company,

-       Company No.

-       When the company has been established

-       That the company still exists

-       Who is Director and, if several, the scope of representation,

 

Please note that the notary’s confirmation also needs an apostille/ legalization.

Furthermore, it is required to certifiably translate all documents into German and that all mentioned documents has to be provided in original.

 

Liesegang & Partner mbB, Rechtsanwälte