Company Registration in Germany

TIME LINE OF COMPANY FORMATION
  • GMBH
  • GMBH
  • UG

 
FORMATION PHASE
NEXT STEPS
Get your ID ready as a scan
 
 
 
Day 0
Fill
in Form
 
 
 
Day 0
Attorney provides Drafts
 
 
 
Day 2
Notary Appointment
 
 
 
Day 7
Open Bank Account
 
 
 
Day 14
Registration Commercial Registry
 
 
 
Day 28
Registration Tax and Trade Office
 
 
 
 
Day 58
Registration IHK
 
 
 
 
Applying for Permissions
 
 
 
 
 
Day 58
runs parallel
Personal Liability when active for the Company
Existence of Company
 
FORMATION PHASE
NEXT STEPS
Get your ID ready as a scan
 
 
 
Day 0
Fill
in Form
 
 
 
Day 0
Attorney provides Drafts
 
 
 
Day 2
Notary Appointment
 
 
 
Day 7
Registration Commercial Registry
 
 
 
Day 21
Open Bank Account
 
 
 
Day 58
 
Registration Tax and Trade Office
 
 
 
 
Registration IHK
 
 
 
 
Applying for Permissions
 
 
 
 
 
Day 58
runs parallel
Personal Liability when active for the Company
Existence of Company
 

F.A.Q.s all Around Opening a Company

Here you will find typical questions in connection with the opening of a company in Germany. We collect them here so that your foundation can process even faster. Of course we are still available for a consultation. You are welcome to make an appointment for an initial consultation.

 

How do I Determine What is a Legal Name for my Company?
Finding the perfect business name that represents your products or services, is marketable and infused with personality is exciting. When choosing a name, you need to know the difference between legal and fictitious business name and consider important issues like trademark protection, domain name and spelling. We will show how to make up your company's name on this page.
The Initial Capital
After founding the company, the initial capital must be paid into a bank account for the company. This money is not lost and can be used after funding, though this needs to be carefully structured. We will share hints about this when you follow this link...
Opening a Company when outside Germany
Is it too time consuming and costly for you to come to Germany for one hour to found a company? Generally, the law expects that shareholders and directors execute the signatures and affirmations in front of a German notary, but we have a legal workaround for remote founding Read more here...
Foreigners inside a Company
Foreigners can become shareholders and directors of companies in Germany. To be present for the notary's appointment and a bank interviews, you may need a business visa and typically need to understand German. If your company employs you, living in Germany may be an option too. Follow this link to read more in which roles aliens might be a part of inside a company.
Opening from Scratch or Purchasing a Readymade
Founding a company is easy but takes around two months. When time is an important factor, you might want to consider buying a ready-made company aka shelf company. A shelf company is “virgin” but fully registered, ready for business immediately and already has a local tax number. We described you the difference on another page...
Does your Business Require Permission?
Depending on the line of business, a company may have to be registered with other offices or even require a permission to operate. To be on the safe side, please pay close attention to this section. Find more here...
What is the difference between GmbH and UG and a UG's Esteem in the Business World?
When deciding between founding a GmbH and UG there are some differences to consider. One major difference is the initial capital needed for both types of companies. But you should also think about the company's acceptance in the market. This topic has been developed on this page...
What needs to be known of a Company's Director?
The director of a company fulfills many duties and copes with liabilities. As the legal representative of the company the law expects him to monitor the economic and financial situation of the company with the diligence of a prudent businessman. His actions can easily lead to personal liability and/or criminal prosecution. Find out more when following this link...
What is the role of a Shareholder or Shareholders' Assembly?
As the name hints, shareholders hold shares of the company. But what are their rights and duties? We will unravel this mystery for you in detail on another page.
Difference between Standard and Individual Formation
Differences in number of shareholders, directors, and terms of the articles of association determine whether a standard or individual fits your corporate structure. Click here to read more...
Miscellaneous

 

  

BASIC SERVICES INCLUDE

Our basic services will include the following

 

  • testing the legitimacy of your selected company name
  • obtaining an official approval of your selected company name upfront
  • fine-tuning and testing legitimacy of corporate purpose
  • drafting the bilingual company formation documents
  • organizing the notary in your vicinity – if not remotely founding

YOUR FOUNDING OPTIONS

  • GmbH
  • Individual GmbH
  • Standard GmbH
max. 3 founders and max. 1 director, mandatory articles
791 €
  • UG
  • Individual UG
  • Standard UG
max. 3 founders and max. 1 director, mandatory articles
403 €

YOUR FOUNDING OPTIONS (2)

950 €
750 €
480 €
380 €
 

SUPPLEMENTARY SERVICES*

 

Corporate Founder
313€ / 625 €
The law requires that the founder must identify himself. A corporate founder must prove its existence and its legal representatives by organizing the officialdom. The different fees reflect the complexity of the support needed. While helping you identify a corporation from the EU is a comparatively simple task; the rest of the world is the most complex. Read more about the corporate founder's needs here...
Remote Founding
starting 1278 €
Is it too time-consuming and costly for you to come to Germany for one hour to found a company? Generally, the law expects that shareholders and directors execute the signatures and affirmations in front of a German notary, but we have a legal workaround for remote founding. Read more about remote founding here...
Proxy
63 €
The official function of a proxy is like a vice director. However, authorities and business partners in Germany tend to prefer a German-based company representative who speaks their language. Click here to learn more about what a proxy is. As freelancing professional support, I will always be at your side. Determine my services as your proxy here.
Applying for EORI Number
starting 50 €
Without a valid EORI number, customs transactions are no longer possible for companies in the EU. We take care of the application for you in standard processing and also offer an express service.
Registering with IHK
38 €
The IHKs, aka the Chamber of Commerce, represent all members in their region equally - not only the individual interests of some large companies or industries. Therefore, all companies in Germany are mandatory members of this public entity. Find out more on registering services with IHK...
Payroll Setup
375 €
Payroll setup is one of the major tasks that need to be done correctly to avoid issues with various authorities. We offer a complete service from registering the company at all offices and much more. Determine our elaborate support for payroll setup here...
Tax Registration
starting 750 €
Companies in Germany are liable for taxes. However, the correct tax setup for the company will prevent costly and time-consuming mistakes and paperwork. Read here how we support your company to obtain a tax number quickly...
VAT-ID
63 €
If your company will be invoicing other European businesses, your company will need a VAT-ID. Again, we proactively take care of this.
Imprint for your
Company's Website
38 €
The law requires that every owner of a website must identify himself. This is commonly done inside an imprint / legal notice. Our service will be to correctly draft it so that your web can easily add it. Read more about the requirements of an imprint here...
Live support to
open your company
250 €
Our online form has been developed for a "do it yourself" approach. However, we have heard that clients felt overwhelmed and would love to have live support when opening their company. Schedule your live support session here...
Registering in the
Transparency Register
The purpose of the Transparency Register is to take action to combat money laundering. The beneficial owner of a corporation is to be disclosed here. Starting August 2021, all companies must register their beneficial owner, without any exception. Learn more about how to register at the Transparency Registry...
Interpreting at Notary
375 €
Your German is not good enough to really understand all the legalese the notary will be reading aloud? No problem! We will not only accompany you to the notary, but also interpret for you consecutively. Learn more about our notary interpreting service here ...

* You select additional services while ordering your company

 

CONTACT US

Hardenberg str. 12,
D-10623 Berlin
phone:+ 49 30 513 000 26
email: ahoi@vonengelhardt.com