Germany Company Formation

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Company Formation and Related Services



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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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 proceedings);

- drawing up documents for company incorporation in Germany: specimen signatures, identification papers copies, application form required for company registration;

- arranging public notary proceedings (all procedures for company incorporation are done in front of a German public notary);

- providing a registered office in Germany on demand; the registered office serves as headquarters for the company in Germany and it will be made public;

- setting up a bank account for the company in Germany; BridgeWest will help in setting up the share capital bank account, as well as a current bank account once the company is incorporated.

- recommending a German accountant, as accounting services are needed for new businesses in Germany.

The most common types of companies in Germany

German limited liability company (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung, GmbH)

The German limited liability company is the most common type of business because it can be set up by one person who can act as owner and shareholder at the same time. The minimum share capital of a German limited liability company is 25,000 euro. At least 12,500 euro must be deposited in a bank account when registering the company with the Register of Commerce in Germany.

German joint stock company (Aktiengesellschaft AG)

The German joint stock company is a public limited liability company that is allowed to list its shares on the stock exchange. The minimum share capital for a joint stock company in Germany is 50,000 euro. The German joint stock company can be set up by one shareholder, but it requires a supervisory board made of at least three members and a management board made of at least one member.

Taxation in Germany


The standard VAT rate in Germany is 19%, but there is also a reduced rate of 7% for certain goods and services.

The corporate tax in Germany is set at 29.58%.

The dividend tax in Germany is set at 25% for individuals, while legal entities benefit from a 40% exemption according to the Tax Act of 2009.

BridgeWest is also able to offer ready-made German companies and VAT registration.

Please contact us for more information and prices regarding how to open a company in Germany.


Articles on Company Formation in Germany

Types of German Companies

Entrepreneurs of any nationality have the possibility to chose from various forms of business entities in Germany, even though the most common company types are the German limited liability company, or Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung and the joint stock company, or Aktiengesellschaft. Fo ...

Set up a German company

Germany’s economy is recognized as the largest in Europe, creating an ideal place to develop a business, due to the high standards, competition and export marked that generates a substantial value in the German GDP. Most investors that decide to set up a German company choose to establish a Ge ...

The German Trade Register

The German Trade Register or Companies House (Handelsregister) is the official institution that registers information on certain commercial businesses in Germany, and it is administered by the local district courts, Amtsgericht.  Its purpose is to make sure that these businesses carry out comme ...

Open Company Branch or Subsidiary in Germany

There are plenty of reasons, economically speaking for which an entrepreneur chooses Germany as the state to invest in. There are various alternatives available to do so. They may invest in an already existing company, create and incorporate a separate company, usually limited liability company, or ...

Guide to Company Incorporation in Germany

1. What is the minimum share capital of a German GmbH (Limited Liability Company)? Setting up a German Limited Liability Company requires a minimum capital of 25.000 EUR in monetary or non-monetary contributions which have to be evaluated. Also each member of a German limited liabili ...

Shelf Company in Germany

Engaging in business in Germany, one of the most powerful economies in the world, is usually done by setting up private companies, or branches on the countries territory. An entrepreneur can commence the business establishment from scratch, or acquire a shelf, or ready made company. This business ty ...

Paying Taxes in Germany

  1. What is the corporate tax in Germany? Since the comprehensive reforms in 2001 and 2008 the tax system in Germany has been modified to better suit the country's economy. The corporate tax in Germany applies to a standard rate of 15%. In addition a business tax of 14% up to 17% is appli ...

VAT in Germany

1. What is the VAT in Germany? VAT in Germany is also known as “Umsatzsteuer”. The standard rate for Value Added Tax in Germany is 19%. However, the law in Germany stipulates that some goods and services may benefit from a reduced VAT rate of 7%. The VAT reduced rate usually refers to fo ...

Why Invest in Germany

Foreign investors are attracted to Germany as a destination for setting up new businesses due to many reasons. Germany is considered to be one of the top countries for foreign investments, with an estimated inward investment of 479 billion EUR. Furthermore, Germany is the second exporter in the worl ...

Company Liquidation in Germany

BridgeWest handles all steps required for company liquidation in Germany. Please contact us via email or phone for appointing a liquidator to carry on the company dissolution, submitting the required application forms, dealing with the Court, closing the company's bank account or any other ...

Open a Representative Office in Germany

Are there any special requirements for creating a German Representative Office? The representative offices in Germany are often used to search the potential investment opportunities on the market. A representative office is considered a bridge between the foreign company and the companies or indust ...

Nominee Director in Germany

 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 ...

Open Business in Germany
We guarantee a cost-efficient solution for full company setup, bank account and VAT registration

Meet us in Munich

Call us now at +44 203 287 0408 to set up an appointment with our lawyers in Munich, Germany. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Germany.

As a BridgeWest client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in Germany.