Founding a GmbH in Germany

If you are a foreign investor and you want to open a German company for bigger business, a full German limited liability company or with its German acronym “GmbH” will be your friend. A “Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung” offers a simple structure typically designed for private companies.


There are not many requirements for opening a company:

  • minimum share capital for a GmbH is € 25,000,
  • minimum number of shareholders is one,
  • minimum number of directors is one,
  • a physical address is required,
  • legal description of the line of business,
  • the notarization of the articles of association,
  • appointment of the first director(s),
  • 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 before a German notary, and the appointment of one or several director(s).
  • the new director(s) has/have to then open a bank account
  • the company has to then fund a 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.
  • After the incorporation, the company has to be registered with
    • tax office (incl. VAT ID),
    • trade office.

Basic Offer / Services

Our standardized offer for setting up your company instantly:

  • testing legitimacy of your selected company's 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,
  • organizing the notary,
  • payment of the notary's fees,
  • paying fees with Commercial Registry,
  • introducing you to up to two banks.

Are you in a hurry?

When you are really in a hurry, decide to buy a readymade company. What is the difference? Your need to engage in business! While the founding lasts about 2.5 months until you have your VAT-ID, you can start with German and non-European sales or services right after visiting the notary! We can arrange an appointment at the notary within approx. one week.


Fees (ex VAT)

Basic Fee Instant Company Formation 2000 € 1900 €
Additional Fee for Corporate Founder 250 €
Additional Fee for Trade Registration – full service 150 €
Additional Fee for Trade Registration – budget service 50 €
Additional Fee for Trade Registration – urgent service 300 €  
Additional Fee for Registration with Tax Office 1000 € 900 €
Additional Fee for Payroll Set-up 1000 € 900 €
Additional Fee for Remote Founding 150 €
Additional Fee for Interpreting @ Notary 300 €
Additional Fee installing Alexander as your company's proxy director 50 €
Additional Fee registration at IHK 30 €

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