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Germany

Establish a company in Germany 

Why open a company in Germany?

Germany is one of the strongest economies in Europe, having excellence in the manufacturing of machinery and components and offering highly qualified professionals.

If you are a foreign investor and wish to consider German company formation, there is a broad spectrum of options for you: start with a one-person sales office based within a serviced office and if it doesn’t work out, you can easily withdraw without having invested very much capital. Or you can set up an office and hire personnel. Whichever way you choose, we can help you every step of the way.

What are the main types of German company formation?

There are four main forms of German Company Registration:

  • Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (GmbH): limited liability corporation

  • Aktiengesellschaft (AG): stock corporation

What are the main types of German company formation?

There are four main forms of German Company Registration:

  • Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (GmbH): limited liability corporation
  • Aktiengesellschaft (AG): stock corporation

What are the main features of a GmbH company?

  • Minimum share capital of €25.000
  • It is the most common form of German company registration
  • Simple structure designed for private companies only
  • Minimum number of shareholders: 1

What are the main features of an AG company?

  • Minimum share capital of €50.000
  • The standard corporate form for major public companies
  • Minimum number of shareholders: 1
  • Subject to heavy regulation as a listed company

If I have a company in another country, can I set up a branch in Germany?

You certainly can and it’s a popular move for foreign companies that aren’t quite certain about their long-term commitment but are keen to set up business in Germany. All you need to do if you want to establish a branch office is to register with the commercial register and the local trade office. Bear in mind however – the parent company retains full responsibility for the branch on all legal and tax matters.

Company incorporation in Germany

How easy is it to recruit staff?

Germany is famed for the excellence of its technical training and apprenticeships are the norm in most industrial sectors. There is no shortage of qualified staff in most areas, particularly in the east of the country and in the Ruhr river region where unemployment is high. Most companies advertise jobs at the local government-run employment exchange but for specialist staff and senior management, it is advised to use an executive search agency.

What is the regulatory environment like?

Businesses are heavily regulated, this is particularly true in the case of listed AG companies but all companies, large and small, have to comply with detailed requirements laid out by the authorities. Government bodies oversee the activities of financial institutions such as banks and insurance offices, while most other industries are grouped around associations that regulate what their members can and cannot do.

What is the corporate tax rate in Germany?

The corporate tax rate is 33.3% on profits.

Company Registration in Germany

Does German company registration offer financial incentives?

The federal government offers a wide range of incentive programmes, including loans and grants, depending on the nature of the company and its intended location. Some areas offer capital investment grants of up to 50% to SMEs. Local government incentives may be offered in the form of beneficial tax rates but these are not generally available in the major cities.

How much does it cost to open a company in Germany?

Our service costs €8.370 and it includes: company incorporation in Germany, opening of bank account and VAT (fiscal) registration, virtual office for 12 months and German telephone number.

How can I obtain more information about opening a company in Germany?

Please contact us if you have questions and/or want to receive more information on opening a company in Germany

Support

The benefits of having your own company are virtually unlimited. Opening and managing a company with Europa Expert’s orientation is even simpler and easier. We provide all the needed support to open and manage your company in Germany.

Services we provide
Consulting for new companies (company’s name, website, etc.)
Initial registration
Corporate documents
Bank account in German bank
Business Address and Mailbox in Germany
Fiscal registration (VAT)
Accountancy (according to German Law)
Annual tax declaration
Virtual Office in Germany

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 IN THE USA: + 1 305 824-9100

 FAX: 305 675-8584
 409 NW 10th Terrace
 Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 

 IN BRAZIL: +55 11 4063-6052 

 FAX: 11 3957-1612

 Rua Maestro Cardim, 354 – Cjs 91 e 92 

 Bela Vista – São Paulo/SP

 01323-000 – Brazil 

 IN EUROPE: +44 020 8144-5686 

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