Company Formation GmbH in Germany
With this form you can engage us with a company formation for a GmbH in Germany. We prepare all necessary documents, help you to open a bank account, advise and assist you comprehensively with the formation of your GmbH.
Complete remote formation and bank account opening available.
|Minimum share capital||25000 EUR (12.500 EUR must be deposited)|
|Tax and Accounting service||optional|
|VAT ID registration||optional|
|Costs of notarization and registration||not included (notary fee 800 EUR, official fee company register 150 EUR)|
We gladly advise you regarding a GmbH formation in Germany
The "limited liability company" - or "GmbH" for short - is the most popular form of corporation in the Federal Republic of Germany. It combines the sensible limitation of liability of the shareholders with manageable administrative costs and corporate structures. The GmbH is also widely used as a group company because the managing directors are bound by instructions.
With our online order form you generally provide all information that we need from you in order to prepare the documents for the GmbH formation in Germany.
Overview of services for the GmbH - formation
We provide you with comprehensive legal advice in the preparation of the formation.
We check the admissibility of the company name with the Chamber of Commerce and - optionally - we research collisions with trademarks, domains and other company names.
We help you (optionally) to find a suitable address.
We prepare the founding documents: Articles of association, list of shareholders, declaration of the managing director, power of attorney for the shareholders, if applicable.
We arrange a notary appointment, notarize the formation for you if desired or accompany you.
We help you to open a bank account (optional).
We register the GmbH for entry into the Business Register (Gewerbeamt) and send you the registration certificate.
Optional: we register the company to Transparency Register.
Optional: we register the company with the Trade Licensing Office.
Optional: we send you an offer for comprehensive tax consulting and accounting.
How is the process for the GmbH formation in Germany?
We check the availability of the company name
After having your instructions to register the GmbH we first check the availability of the required company name by preliminary enquiries to the responsible court of registration and/or responsible chamber of commerce and industry. On request, we also check for conflicting brands, companies and domains.
We prepare the statutes / articles of association of the company
Together with a notary, we then compile the GmbH company formation documents on the basis of your information provided when commissioning us, which include the foundation certificate, the company articles of association, the list of partners and the Companies Register application. If the GmbH foundation is to be carried out by an authorised representative or trustee, we also prepare the necessary authorisation or trustee contract for you. We agree all the drafts with you, and if necessary explain the contents and consequences of the relevant regulations.
If one of the share holders of the GmbH is a foreign company, further documents are required for notarial certification. The Court of Registry requires confirmations that the foreign company and its representatives lawfully exist. Depending on the country of origin, you require officially certified copies, an endorsement and/or a certified translation. We will then tell you which requirements apply for your limited liability company.
We notarize the company formation deed
The actual GmbH formation takes place when the foundation certificate of the limited liability company and the articles of association are notarially certified. The company exists from this moment, although only as a limited liability company under foundation (GmbH i.Gr.) until entry in the Companies Register. After certification, the limited liability company under foundation opens a business account, into which the partner or partners pay the capital investment assumed.
The Managing Director of the newly formed GmbH usually takes part in the notarization meeting, and at this point signs the application to the Companies Register. If the Managing Director is not present in person, he can also sign the application with another notary, or in a German embassy or consulate. The application to the Companies Register is submitted electronically to the court of registration by the notary as soon as the payment of the capital investment has been confirmed to the notary.
We help you to get a bank account - Remote opening available
The company needs a bank account to deposit the share capital. If you have ordered it we will help you to open an account. There are banks who accept bank account opening remotely.
We file the company registration request
The managing directors declaration and the formation deed will be filed to register the company. Finally, the court of registration checks the application to the Companies Register and the foundation documents submitted, and if there are no objections, registers the GmbH in the Companies Register. The company suffix “under foundation” (i.Gr.) is omitted on entry.
According to our experience, it takes only 2 to 4 weeks once we have your instructions until registration of the GmbH in the Companies Register.
We will send you the confirmation for the company registration
It takes about 2 weeks until we get the confirmation from the company register after we filed the application. You will get a confirmation in form of a record of the company register.
After the company registration
Once the company is registered it must be registered for business (Gewerbeanmeldung), for taxes and in the transparency register. We can do this for you as well.
General overview about a GmbH
The limited liability company (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung – GmbH) is the most common form of the capital company in the Federal Republic of Germany. It combines the liability limitation of the partners with clear administration costs and company structures. The limited liability company is also a common form of group company due to the answerability of the directors.
Tax advisory services and accounting for a GmbH
After the registration of your GmbH at the Companies Register you will have to register the company at the financial authorities (Finanzamt) and the trade office (Gewerbeamt).
We will refer you to a relaible tax advisory firm for accounting and monthly and annual tax declarations, payroll services, VAT etc..
Here is an example for tax advisory and accounting costs for a small GmbH. Your costs may vary depending on your monthly turnover, the number of monthly transactions and employees. You will receive an individual quote on request.
FAQ regarding company formation in Germany
a) No presence required for notarization of company formation
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.
b) Registered office requirements for a GmbH
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.
c) Bank account
It is generally required that the managing director personally open the bank account. The exact procedure depends on the bank at which the business bank account is opened. In some cases it can be possible to remotely open an account at a bank which has a German branch. We have also a contact to a bank which opens the bank account completely remotely.
d) 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.
e) 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.
f) Managing Director / Shareholders
At least one managing director and one shareholder must be appointed for a UG or GmbH. Managing director and shareholder can be the same person. Their nationality is not relevant.