Germany Company FormationGermany – Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (Gmbh)

Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung translates to “company with limited liability” and, like limited companies in the UK, a GmbH is a legal entity that is separate and distinct from the individuals who run it.

Germany’s business sector is renowned for its technical, engineering and automotive industries and, with its, stable economy and well-developed financial and banking markets it remains an attractive jurisdiction for foreign investors to looking to incorporate in Europe.

Germany company formation nameCompany Name

A German GmbH name can be in any language and it will need to end with the suffix GmbH. Having submitted the name of your company to us, we obtain approval from the Handelsregister. We can then reserve and hold your proposed company name for up to ten days.

company formation registered officeRegistered Address

It is a requirement that a German GmbH must have  a registered address where all official correspondence will be sent. This is provided as part of our incorporation service.

Germany Incorporation directorDirectors

A German company requires only one person to act as a director there are no residency or nationality restrictions.

Germany company formation shareholderShareholders

A German company requires only one person to act as a shareholder, shareholders may be of any nationality and corporate shareholders are permitted. There is a no upper limit to the number of shareholders.

Germany company formation share capitalShare Capital

The standard authorised share capital requirement for a GmbH is €25,000. With an ordinary GmbH, the minimum share capital is €25,000 and it must be divisible into shares with a minimum face value of €100. It is possible to form a mini GmbH (UG Company) which has a lower paid-up share capital. Please visit UG companies for more information.

When incorporating, a bank account must be opened immediately after signing the deed of incorporation with the notary, and the share capital must be deposited into that account. Also, a bank statement showing the amount of capital used for the company incorporation needs to be filed with the Court of Registration, along with the Company Statutes.

Germany company formation share capitalFiling Requirements

A GmbH is required to file an annual return and maintain a register of officers and accounts. In some instances an audit can be expected.

Germany company incorporation timescaleTimescale

It takes from one to two weeks to incorporate a new company from the date we receive your proofs of address and identity

Germany company formation feesGermany Company Formation Fees

Germany GmbH Company Formation – 2 to 3 weeks

  • Approval of the corporate name with the regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Liaise with the local registrar and relevant authorities
  • Structuring the company as per your requirements
  • Statutory minimum share capital of €25,000
  • Court fees – incl certified copies (€150)
  • Prepare your Company Registration Forms
  • Drafting the Articles of Association / Statutes
  • File the documents with the Commercial Register – Handelsregistereintragung
  • Notary Public Fees (€900)
  • A representative power of attorney if required is an additional fee
  • Appoint the Directors
  • Minutes appointing first Directors
  • Preparation of the first minutes of Board Meeting
  • Initial Government licence fee payable on incorporation
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Publication of the application in the Bundesanzeiger – Federal Gazette
  • Issue of shares and production of Share Certificates
  • All documents and certificates supplied in a professional folder
  • Delivery of documents by FedEx / DHL courier
Additional Services
Company Administration & Registered Office (required)£1060
Transferring/opening Bank Account Munich (required for a GmbH)£620
Company Secretary£850
Annual Renewal Fees
Company Administration

  • Provision of the Registered Office in Germany
  • Payment of Government Fees
  • Maintaining statutory records
  • Statutory Due-Diligence
Directors Register Maintenance£175

Your company will be incorporated using your chosen name and we will ensure that the procedure is as simple as possible.

The whole incorporation process can be completed online and we will administer the preparation and filing of all registration forms on your behalf.

Germany company incorporation proofProof of Identity

As part of our due diligence we require proof of identity in the form of a passport copy for all directors and shareholders of the company.

Germany Company formation travelTravel

It is necessary to visit Germany to open a bank account and to deposit the share capital.

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