Establishing a business entity in Germany - YB Case 2024
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You can register a company in Wyoming either by visiting our office in person or remotely through the internet.

Features of jurisdiction

Germany is one of the most attractive and developed countries in Europe for foreign investment. Its central location, easy and quick access to other EU markets, developed infrastructure and highly skilled labour force are all factors that attract large inflows of foreign business investment every year. Germany offers a secure, highly developed political and economic framework. Strong legal protection enables investors to enforce their rights quickly and protect their industrial and intellectual property.

  • In-demand business areas

    Due to economic and legislative peculiarities, the most demanded areas in Germany are: investment projects, financial services, agro-industry, IT, pharmaceuticals, trade, business services, logistics.

  • Possibility of remote registration

    Remote registration of a German company is possible.

  • Corporate taxes

    The combined tax burden for companies is just under 30 per cent, with some local municipalities applying lower rates.

  • Attitude towards foreign investors

    Germany is open to foreign investment, making it a sought-after country to establish a business among foreign entrepreneurs.

  • Banks

    Commerzbank, Postbank, Deutsche bank.

  • Legal system

    Germany's legal system is based on the continental system of law, similar to Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

The process of starting a company in Germany

Company registration in Germany takes from 10 days and includes the following steps:
Initial consultation
Meeting with YB Case representatives in the office to clarify the details and requirements of the client. Starting the incorporation process in Germany (initial consultation is possible in remote format).
Name reservation
The name of the company must reflect the future activities of the company, be completely unique from any other companies already registered in Germany, and must end in GmbH.
Applying for company registration in Germany
The applicant prepares the articles of association for notarisation, completes the registration documents and submits them to the Commercial Register. Some activities require the application for a business license.
Review of the application for registration of a German company by the regulatory authority
After receiving all the necessary documents, the regulator (Commercial Register) reviews the application and decides whether to incorporate the company in Germany.
Receipt of the certificate of incorporation
After the incorporation of the company in Germany, the founders receive a certificate of incorporation containing the company's registration number.

Primary prerequisites

  • Minimum paid-up capital depends on the legal form of organization
  • Minimum one founder
  • Registered local address
  • Minimum one director (no residency requirements)
  • Filing of financial statements once a year
  • Annual meeting (can be held remotely)
Company registration in Germany

Company registration in Germany

Presents itself as a potentially lucrative entrepreneurial concept. This nation boasts the most substantial economy within Europe and holds the 4th position among global economic entities.

The multifaceted economy draws sustenance from a thoroughly matured and dependable facilities, exceedingly proficient crew, an unwavering statutory framework, and a world-renowned capability in research and developmental pursuits. These and various other merits render the nation an appealing choice for visionaries aspiring to initiate a startup venture on the European continent.

Advantages of incorporating a firm in Germany

  1. It distinguishes itself as one of the utmost and remarkably resolute exchange economies, granting a fortified and exceedingly sophisticated political and economic framework. Vigorous legal safeguards empower backers to uphold their entitlements and safeguard their industrialized and intellectualized assets.
  2. This nation presents itself as among the largest consumer markets globally, ranking as the second most significant importer and the third most substantial exporter of consumer-centric agricultural goods on an international scale, simultaneously serving as a significant European market for overseas manufacturers. This state holds the primary position for enlisting a logistics enterprise within the European domain.
  3. Germany secures a place within the upper echelons of the world's most inventive nations, with a dedicated emphasis on harnessing scientific progress for economic advancement. The government showcases its devotion to applied research by financing research institutes and backing the establishment of fresh corporations in the German landscape. In December 2019, the regime instituted a commission and allocated funding to support the BIA, a newly established entity tasked with propelling innovation through radically new technologies. Emerging investors possess heightened potential to reshape markets through novel offerings, services, and value networks.
  4. An extensively evolved banking structure.
  5. Bilateral agreements (DTAs) inked with over 80 nations globally.
  6. Commencing a business venture becomes particularly advantageous for research endeavors. Germany holds the foremost position in Europe for research endeavors. German research and development receive funding worth billions of euros annually from federal resources, facilitating the nation's ascension as a worldwide front-runner in pioneering accomplishments.
  7. A comprehensive array of schemes bolster a wide spectrum of commercial undertakings, catering to every stage of the investment trajectory. The backing encompasses monetary incentives to recoup direct investment outlays and extends to incentives for job creation.
  8. The possibility to remotely establish a company within Germany is feasible.
  9. Germany garners commendable ratings for the potency of its startup ecosystem, securing the 9th spot among 202 nations on a global scale.

Launching an investment project in Germany: key sectors

Primary sectors:

  • Technology and electronics sectors.
  • Aviation and space exploration sectors.
  • Financial services.
  • Energy sector. Germany fulfills a considerable portion of its energy demands through external sources and allocates substantial resources to research and development in sustainable energy solutions.
  • Bulk trading enterprises.

Initiating a firm: attainable forms

There exist four primary categories for the establishment of a German enterprise:

  • Limited liability establishment (GmbH/UG);
  • Publicly listed corporation (AG);
  • Collaborative venture;
  • Individual ownership.

Main features of the GmbH/UG

GmbH stands as an autonomous legal entity. The obligatory investment for enlisting a limited liability establishment in Germany stands at a minimum of 25 thousand EUR. The contributions from partners can take the form of non-monetary assets. Commencing the establishment of a GmbH necessitates an initial outlay of at least one-fourth of the total initial capital, contingent on the condition that these disbursements are executed in cash rather than non-monetary assets. The aggregate sum, encompassing the complete valuation of all non-monetary asset contributions, must amount to no less than fifty percent of the minimum capital requisite (12,500 EUR).

The formation of a GmbH in Germany necessitates the involvement of a minimum of 1 initiator. These initiators possess limited direct responsibility towards the company's creditors, thus only facing the jeopardy of losing their initial financial input. Legal entities, whether registered under German or foreign jurisprudence, hold the eligibility to become members of a GmbH. The appointment and removal of directors are subject to the decisions of the members' assembly. As part of the procedure for setting up a German GmbH, a legally attested agreement must be executed amongst the initiators.

Since the 1st of November, 2008, a novel iteration of GmbH has come into existence - the UG, which can be established with a capital outlay of at least 1 EUR. The registration process for a UG in Germany is relatively streamlined in comparison to the establishment of a traditional German GmbH. To amass the capital equivalent to that of a GmbH, a UG is mandated by law to reserve a portion equating to one-quarter of its annual surplus. Following the attainment of the requisite capital for a GmbH, the UG can petition for a name and legal structure modification through the appropriate Court of Registration.

Registration of a joint-stock organization

AG serves as an autonomous juridical entity. The bottommost investment, which stands at 50 thousand EUR, can be constituted by shares bearing a nominal value of no less than 1 EUR per share, or by shares lacking a nominal value. A German AG can be inaugurated by a sole natural or legal entity, irrespective of nationality. This AG mandates the presence of a management board, potentially encompassing a single or multiple individuals designated by a supervisory board (comprising a minimum of 3 individuals). The predominant role of the supervisory board is to oversee the operational administration conducted by the director or management board.

Main features of the partnership

Non-resident investors can form two types of partnership in Germany:

  • general (OHG);
  • restricted (KG).

A general partnership materializes when a minimum of 2 associates join forces, with each partner holding unrestricted liability. This partnership mandates at least 2 members, and each partner assumes unrestricted accountability. Legal entities, irrespective of whether they are constituted under German or foreign statutes, can become participants in an OHG. Following the inception of a general partnership within Germany, all partners are granted the authority to wield management prerogatives. However, the collective representation of the partnership by multiple partners or the exclusion of specific partners from OHG representation must be explicitly outlined in the partnership agreement.

Upon founding a German limited partnership (KG), one partner must shoulder boundless liability, while another partner's liability is confined to their contribution in the KG. Legal entities are admissible as partners in a KG. Generally, subsequent to the enrollment of a KG in the German system, only full partners possess the authorization to act as representatives of such a business framework.

Additionally, the formation of a civil law partnership (GBR) is viable within Germany. In instances of a GBR, comprehensive names of all participants need to be provided. GBRs are prohibited from conducting business operations under commercial titles. It is not obligatory for a small enterprise operating through a GBR to secure registration within the Commercial Register. Nevertheless, a GBR retains the option to voluntarily enter the Commercial Register, thereby obtaining the legal structure of either a general or limited partnership.

Main characteristics of the FE

The accountability of a sole proprietor is without bounds. All business correspondence should include the business name, the legal configuration of the enterprise, the address of the commercial establishment, and the registration number assigned within the Commercial Register.

Is it possible to open a branch office of a foreign company in Germany?

Registered commercial establishments possess the capacity to create autonomous branches, a process that necessitates registration within the Commercial Register. Prerequisites:

  • own ownership;
  • separate accounting + the manager has a certain freedom in managing the branch.

A foreign enterprise has the option to inaugurate two distinct categories of branches: autonomous and affiliated.

In the case of opting for an autonomous branch in Germany, it is crucial to acknowledge that this form of business maintains a specific level of autonomy from the main parent company. This autonomy encompasses managerial decision-making authority, distinct bank accounts, separate bookkeeping records, and assets independent of those of the parent corporation.

On the other hand, an affiliated branch is not regarded as a distinct legal entity apart from the parent organization. The sole prerequisite for an affiliated branch involves enrolling with the nearby trade authorities bureau, accompanied by the submission of pertinent documentation that has been duly notarized.

Registration of a subsidiary

A trading subsidiary refers to a venture under the control of the parent entity. Upon the establishment of a subsidiary in Germany, the parent organization possesses over 50% of the ownership rights within the subsidiary. However, from the standpoint of commercial governance and taxation, the parent and the subsidiary are recognized as separate business entities.

Steps to enlist a firm by a non-resident

The provisions regarding the opening of a German company are defined in the Company Law. The following are the steps to be followed in order to institute a firm:

  • select a business type;
  • reserve a name;
  • draw up the Memorandum of Association;
  • submit the documents to the registrar for review;
  • open an account in a German bank to deposit capital;
  • apply for a business license in Germany (if required);
  • register with the Tax Office.


Initiating a corporate account with a German bank typically entails a personal meeting with representatives from the bank. To mitigate potential complexities, it is advisable to engage professionals who specialize in working with German banks, including notable institutions like Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank. These experts are equipped to offer guidance and recommendations for remotely establishing a company account in Germany. Below are a few of the characteristics associated with commercial accounts in this context:

  1. Internet banking/remote access.
  2. Debit/credit cards.
  3. Low transaction fees.
  4. Multi-currency accounts.


As in any other country, the tax burden has a direct impact on the company's activities. Therefore, before registering a legal entity in Germany, it is worth familiarising yourself with the tax system of this country:

Corporate tax


Municipal trade tax



19%. Banking, insurance and medical services are exempt from VAT

Tax on insurance contracts


Investment incentives

While registering a company in Germany, consider that the administration extends myriad inducement initiatives and communal monetary instruments that are eligible for GRW monetary endowments.

Mitigating the expenses linked to the initiation of novel facilities can be achieved through fiscal encouragements furnished in the guise of subsidies. Considerable enterprises stand to receive recompense of as much as 20 percent for eligible capital outlays, while enterprises of middling dimensions can secure up to 20 percent, and tinier ventures acquire as high as 40 percent.

Sponsorship for R&D
Particular subsidies are formulated to provide support for endeavors in exploration and innovation. This encompasses loans carrying diminished interest rates and supplementary distinct collaboration initiatives.
Financial Patronage for Employment
GFEA along with the federal states presents diverse labor motivation programs explicitly tailored to cater to the requisites of organization aspiring to enlarge their labor pool. These schemes can aid in counterbalancing a portion of the preliminary investment expenditures.


Enlisting a German enterprise involves a substantial investment of time, given the intricate nature of the procedure, and a firm grasp of the indigenous legal parameters proves essential. YB Case's proficient specialists are fully prepared to provide comprehensive assistance throughout every facet of company establishment within Germany. For any inquiries or to initiate the collaboration process, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at the following:

What documents need to institute an organization in Germany?

For the purpose of enlisting a firm in Germany is required:

  1. Application for registration of a German company.
  2. Notarised Articles of Association.
  3. A document describing the structure of the management board.
  4. Certificate of deposit of authorized capital and opening of a corporate account in Germany.
  5. Visas of directors in case of foreign resident.
  6. Legal address of the company.
  7. Information on the founders and directors.

Can a foreign person incorporate a company in Germany?

Yes, the legal framework of the country provides for the possibility of establishing a company by foreign persons.

Timeframe for company registration in Germany

The process of incorporation of a company in this country takes from 10 days. The total cost of company registration depends on the type of company, so to find out more detailed information on this issue we recommend to make an appointment for consultation with YB Case specialists.
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