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Step by Step Guide to Incorporating in Germany

Germany key Points

  • Time - only 1-2 weeks to incorporate your company
  • Cost - a German company will cost £3290
  • Directors - only one director of any nationality, is necessary for your company
  • Directors - a director must travel to Germany to finalise the incorporation
  • Shareholders - only one shareholder of any nationality, is required
  • Shareholders - 100% foreign shareholders allowed
  • Share Capital - the share capital requirement for a GmbH is €25,000
  • Support - using our 20 years experience we guide you throughout every step of the company formation process

Select the company name for your GmbH

First, select a name for your company

  • Your company name may be in any language
  • Your company name will need to end with GmbH
  • A company name check can be carried out free of charge to see if a required name has already been registered
  • We can reserve your company name for up to ten days
  • Having submitted the name of your company to us, we obtain approval from the Handelsregister
  • Ready made companies are available, once all required documents have been provided; transfer takes around 24 hours
  • You are not be allowed to use a name which is either identical or deceptively similar to one that is already used by another company

Share Capital

Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (Gmbh)

  • The minimum share capital required is €25,000
  • Share capital can be paid in most currencies

Select Directors

Decide who will be the directors of your company

  • Directors may be of any nationality and may reside anywhere
  • Only one director is required
  • There is no requirement to appoint a local resident director

Select Shareholders

Select who will be the shareholders of your company

  • Shareholders may be of any nationality and may reside anywhere
  • Only one shareholder is required. This can be the same person as the director
  • No upper limit to the number of shareholders
  • Nominee shareholders are allowed, and Formacompany can provide this service.
  • The shareholder can be a person or a corporation

Select a Registered Office

A German registered office is required for your company, and we can provide this service.