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 setup 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

as a minimum. Depending on your company's line of business, you might need a permission. In very seldom cases, you need permission first before you may have the company registered. We will keep an eye on this detail and inform you that your company requires permit before it's too late. You can learn about which person plays which role in incorporation matters by clicking this sentence.


What is your basic offer?

Our standardized offer for setting up your UG instantly:

We don't offer "packages" because each case is different and such is often disadvantages for you.


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? It makes a lot of sense when you are setting up and will have parallel law issues as well. 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 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.


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

Basic Fee Instant Company Formation – as above 600.00 €  450.00 €

Surcharge for Optional Services
Considering more than three Persons – per Person 50.00 €
Corporate Founder from EU – per company 200.00 €
Corporate Founder – rest of the world – per company 400.00 €
Trade Registration – full service 170.00 €
Trade Registration – budget service 60.00 €
Registration with Tax Office 400.00 €
Payroll Set-up 400.00 €
Applying for a VAT-ID 40.00 €
Remote Founding 1240.00 € 670.00 €
Interpreting @ Notary 200.00 €
Installing your company's proxy director 250.00 €
Registration at IHK 30.00 €
Applying for EORI Number – normal processing 40.00 €
Applying for EORI Number – urgent application 50.00 €
Registration at Chamber of Handicrafts - full service 1000.00 €
Registration at Chamber of Handicrafts- budget service 300.00 €
Providing your Website with an Imprint 40.00 €
Expedited Opening of your Company  1000.00 €

Free Instant Analysis of your Corporate Needs

Which form of company do I need and what approximate 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 !



Shelf Companies from Beam my Presence to Germany UG
If you really want to open a company quickly, then consider buying a readymade company right off the shelf!
Beam my Presence to Germany GmbH (limited liability) is our associate business partner for virgin shelf companies.

Beam also provides your new company with a virtual office, when you do not have a physical address here. Find the prices and the locations here. You book the virtual office right after ordering your company at the end of the founding form.
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