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Buying a European shelf company with VAT number

Whenever you need to start doing business immediately in a European country and you need a company with a VAT number, you don’t have to wait for the bureaucratic procedures.

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Partner Law Firms

We encourage you to contact our partner law firms in Bucharest: Rolegal and E&C, both part of our legal network.

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Tax Minimization Structures

BridgeWest is specialized in special corporate structures designed for tax minimization. No matter where you want to incorporate your company, you will need to consider how you can legally minimize costs.

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Nominee Director in Germany

January 28, 2013, 6:19 am

 The term of nominee director is defying a person who acts as a non-executive director of the board of manager of a company, replacing the beneficial owner of it. Mostly the resident in a tax heaven are renting their names to a non-resident as a trustee on the board of an offshore firm in that jurisdiction. Normally, there are no shareholding requirements for this individual or corporate body but, if the articles of association of that company requires a share qualification, he or she must obtain them in a specific timeframe. In certain jurisdictions corporate bodies are appointed to act as nominee directors of these companies. It is also named straw man or front men.

In Germany, the term of nominee director is not defying the above type of entity. The nominee director can replace the beneficial owners of the company on paper but must act as company administrators so it’s vital to appoint a reliable person, which will take only the necessary measures to maintain the company in an ascending trend and which will not harm its status on the market. It has the same attributes as the company’s manager: register the company, provide his personal details to the registers, elaborate strategies for the company, keep book of accounts, registers and all the company’s documents, take daily decisions, participate at annual audits and convene general meetings of the shareholders. It is appointed by the company’s beneficial owner(s) and his name will appear in the set of company’s regulations (articles of association), along with other information related to the company: the name, the address, the capital, the shares, the company’s strategy, its objectives, the names of the shareholders, the shares’ characteristics, the amount of capital (the German Limited Liability Company (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung – GmbH must provide a minimum capital of 25000 EUR and the Aktiengesellschaft – AG must deliver 50000 EUR).

Appointing a nominee director is not very popular in Germany, mostly because of the above characteristics and it’s a process usually characteristic to offshore jurisdictions. There is no legislation to regulate the process of appointing a nominee director in Georgia, however BridgeWest can offer in certain cases nominee directors in Georgia depending on certain specifics of your business in the country. Please contact us for more information.

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Company Formation in Germany


Bridgewest provides the following services for company formation in Germany:

- drawing up the articles of association that can be signed through power of attorney (German laws require powers of attorney for any public notary proceedin ... [More]

Lawyers in Germany


BridgeWest provides a wide range of legal services in Germany through our affiliated German lawyers and Law Firms in Berlin, Munchen and other major cities in Germany. We are mainly specialized in the main aspects of German Commercial Law, includi ... [More]