Types of German company and partnership
When starting a business in Germany, promoters are free to choose the legal form their new German business should take. Choosing the right legal form can affect your rights and obligations. Aspects such as investment capital, liability and administrative obligations all vary depending on the legal form you pick for your business. In addition, the choice of business legal form can affect trust, credibility and influence business partners’ willingness to do business.
The lawyers at WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE can help you decide which legal form is best for your business.
To give you a head start, we have created an overview of the types of company and partnership there are in Germany. This is followed by a more detailed description of the various legal forms and an overview of our services.
For further information on business legal forms, call our team of German lawyers on +49 (0) 221 / 951 563 0 or use our contact form.
Below is a table showing an overview of the forms of company and partnership that are best suited and therefore most often used for starting and managing a business in Germany.
|Minimum share capital|
|Statutory reserve fund|
|Shareholders’ personal liability||Limited for limited partner||Liability limited in certain circumstances|
|Formation by 1 person|
|Compulsory entry in trade register||Partnership register|
|Notarisation of articles of association|
For more information on starting a business in Germany, call our team of lawyers on +49 (0) 221 / 951 563 0 or use our contact form.
Below you can find an introductory guide on the various company and partnership forms in Germany. Simply click on the business form you are interested in to view the information.
Here you can find an overview of our services in the area of starting a business in Germany. For further information, contact our team of German lawyers on +49 (0) 221 / 951 563 0 or use our contact form.
|Advice on choosing suitable business form|
|Model articles of association – UG; standard partnership agreement – GbR|
|Modified standard partnership agreements – GbR, oHG, KG, PartG|
|Bespoke partnership agreements/articles of association – GbR, oHG, KG, PartG, UG, GmbH|
|Articles of association / partnership agreements – AG, GmbH & Co. KG and other business forms|
|Review of company name|
|Standard directors’ service contracts|
|1 hour additional legal advice|
|Assessment of whether all important aspects have been considered (incl. directors’/representatives’ liability)|
|Provision of documents required for entry in the commercial register|
|Assistance with filling in documents required by notary|
|Advice on next steps|
|Assistance with searching for grants and investors|
|Information pack on your chosen business form|
|Preis||€495.00*||€980.00*||€1580.00*||Available on request|
* plus 19% VAT