Founding a GmbH in Germany

Suppose you are a foreign investor and want to open a German company for more significant business. In that case, a full German limited liability company, or with its German acronym “GmbH”, will be your best choice. On the other hand, a “Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung” offers a simple structure typically designed for private companies.

Incorporating German GmbH

 

What are the requirements for a GmbH?

There are not many requirements for opening a GmbH:

  • minimum share capital for a GmbH is € 25,000,
  • minimum number of shareholders is one,
  • minimum number of directors is one,
  • shareholder and director may be identical,
  • a physical address is required,
    which can be realized with a virtual office,
  • the legal description of the line of business,
  • the notarization of the articles of association,
  • the application of registering the company with the commercial registry via the notary,
  • shareholder (or his special representative, based on a notarized power of attorney) has to sign a deed on the incorporation, and the appointment of one or several director(s) before a German notary (in the event of their absence, you need a remote founding),
  • then the new director(s) has/have to open a bank account
  • afterwards the company has to fund this bank account with at least € 12,500 (= half of the company stock capital),
  • upon proof of capitalizing your company, the notary will apply to register your company with the commercial registry.
Where does the company have to be registered after opening?

After the incorporation, the company has to be registered with

as a minimum. Depending on your company’s line of business, you might need a permit. In seldom cases, you need the permission first before you may have the company registered.

 

What is your basic setup for registering a GmbH?

Our standardized offer for setting up your company instantly:

 

Do you need live support during the registration process?

Do you think the form is too complicated, or do you want a healthy mix of “do it yourself” and professional support? We can accommodate your request! So make your appointment for your live support right here.

 

Are you in a hurry?

If you are in a hurry or are a non-European without a residence permit for Germany, we recommend that you purchase a shelf company. We have detailed the difference here. For regular incorporation, it can take about 2.5 - 3 months to receive your VAT ID.

Foreigners outside of Europe who do not reside here will generally not obtain a checking account with a German bank. However, with a shelf company from our partner, Beam my Presence to Germany UG (haftungsbeschränkt), you can start selling your goods or services in Germany and outside Europe right after the notary visit! The company also has an account, which can also be taken over if a European is an authorized signatory or managing director of this company. We can then make an appointment with the notary within about a week.

 

What are your fees?

Our fees are always ex VAT. The fee structure relates to a DIY approach. If you do not want or cannot order your company yourself, we also supply live support.

  Individual
GmbH
Standard
GmbH
Basic Fee Instant Company Formation – as above 1078 € 791 €
Surcharge for Optional Services
Considering more than three Persons – per Person 63 €
Corporate Founder from EU – per company 313 €
Corporate Founder – rest of the world – per company 625 €
Trade Registration – standard service 188 €
Trade Registration – budget service 63 €
Registration with Tax Office 875 €
Payroll Set-up 375 €
Applying for a VAT-ID 63 €
Remote Founding 2741 € 1816 €
Interpreting @ Notary 375 €
Installing Alexander as your company’s proxy director 63 €
Registration at IHK 38 €
Applying for EORI Number – normal processing 50 €
Applying for EORI Number – urgent application 75 €
Providing your Website with an Imprint 38 €
Registering with Chamber of Handicrafts – standard service 1250 €
Registering with Chamber of Handicrafts – budget service 250 €

Founding a UG in Germany

If you want to incorporate as a start-up or small-scale business, the entrepreneurial company, Unternehmergesellschaft (haftungsbeschränkt)" or with its acronym "UG" will be your best choice.

Founding a German UG

 

What are the requirements for a UG?

Founding a UG in Germany is easy, but only when you fund the company with cash.

  • minimum share capital for a UG is € 1,
  • minimum number of shareholders is one,
  • minimum number of directors is one,
  • shareholder and director may be identical,
  • a physical address is required,
    which can be realized with a virtual office,
  • the legal description of the line of business,
  • the notarization of the articles of association,
  • appointment of the first director(s),
  • the application to the commercial registry,
  • the shareholder and the director have to sign deeds on the incorporation before a German notary,
    However, this can be realized with a special representative with notarized and legalized power of attorney. This set-up constitutes a "remote founding",
  • the director has to open a bank account,
  • t.b.a.

 

When the company exists, with which authorities does the company have to be registered?

After the incorporation, the company has to be registered with

  • the tax office (incl. VAT ID),
    and
  • the trade office

as a minimum. Depending on your company's line of business, you might need a permit. In seldom cases, you need the permission first before you may have the company registered. We will keep an eye on this detail and inform you that your company requires permission before it's too late.

 

What is your basic offer?

Our standardized offer for setting up your UG instantly:

  • testing legitimacy of your selected company name,
  • fine-tuning and testing legitimacy of the line of business for the articles of association,
  • drafting the bilingual company formation documents, which you will be requested to approve prior to the notary appointment,
  • organizing the notary appointment in your vicinity, exception: remote founding,
  • entering your company into the transparency registry,
  • bank introduction.

 

Do you need live support during the registration process?

Do you think the form is too complicated, or do you want a healthy mix of “do it yourself” and professional support? We can accommodate your request! So make your appointment for your live support right here.

 

Are you in a hurry?

If you are in a hurry or are a non-European without a residence permit for Germany, we recommend that you purchase a shelf company. We have detailed the difference here. For regular incorporation, it can take about 2.5 - 3 months to receive your VAT ID.

Foreigners outside of Europe who do not reside here will generally not obtain a checking account with a German bank. However, with a shelf company from our partner, Beam my Presence to Germany UG (haftungsbeschränkt), you can start selling your goods or services in Germany and outside Europe right after the notary visit! The company also has an account, which can also be taken over if a European is an authorized signatory or managing director of this company. We can then make an appointment with the notary within about a week.

 

What are your fees?

Our fees are always ex VAT. The fee structure relates to a DIY approach. If you do not want or cannot order your company yourself, we also supply live support.

  Individual
UG
Standard
UG
Basic Fee Instant Company Formation – as above 546 € 403 €
Surcharge for Optional Services
Considering more than three Persons – per Person 63 €
Corporate Founder from EU – per company 313 €
Corporate Founder – rest of the world – per company 625 €
Trade Registration – full service 173 €
Trade Registration – budget service 58 €
Registration with Tax Office 375 €
Payroll Set-up 375 €
Applying for a VAT-ID 63 €
Remote Founding 2048 € 1278 €
Interpreting @ Notary 375 €
Installing your company's proxy director 63 €
Registration at IHK 38 €
Applying for EORI Number – normal processing 46 €
Applying for EORI Number – urgent application 69 €
Registration at Chamber of Handicrafts - full service 173 €
Registration at Chamber of Handicrafts- budget service 250 €
Providing your Website with an Imprint 1250 €

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Which form of company do I need and what costs do I have to reckon with?

If you still have questions, please visit our FAQs on incorporation by clicking this sentence.

 

Order your UG right here and now !

 

 

Which form of company do I need and what costs do I have to reckon with?

 

If you still have questions, please visit our FAQs on incorporation by clicking this sentence.

Order your company right here and now !

 


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