Company formation

We turn your vision of a successful start-up in Germany into reality.


Everything you need for an easy company formation in Germany.

Our services in detail


Legal form advice

GmbH, GbR, OHG, sole proprietorship, KG, or something else? Germany offers various legal forms for companies, each with different requirements and advantages. We recommend the legal form that suits your venture best.



We advise you on contractual details and draft all the necessary agreements for your company, such as articles of association, partnership agreements, and more...


Registration in the Commercial Register

Depending on the legal form, a company must be registered in the Commercial Register. The company's existence begins only after this registration. This is the responsibility of the district court where your company will be based. We will make all the necessary arrangements.


Authorities and Chambers

If necessary, we handle all the required steps for business registration, including tax registration with the tax office. If your company is required to be a member of a chamber, such as the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), we also take care of that.


Advice on management positions

Depending on the legal form, certain management positions are required by law. Various commercial, tax and social security aspects must be taken into account. We help you navigate these requirements to avoid any mistakes.


Advice on the choice of a registered office

The registered office is more than just an address for company correspondence. If you do not need physical business premises in Germany, we will be happy to advise you on the alternatives when choosing your company's registered office.


What our customers say

"The formation of our German company went smoothly and without complications. The lawyers were available and accompanied us through the entire process. Without doubt, we would recommend working with the law firm Gaudlitz.”

Budić Svetozar

Managing Director Kaltech GmbH

"They listen carefully and understand us. They supported us reliably and effectively from the first consultation to the opening of my company.”

Marjan Macanović

Managing Director MM TechnoTrade GmbH

"Mr. Gaudlitz is a legal expert with profound consulting skills in the M&A area and in corporate structuring. In addition, Mr. Gaudlitz is a team player and therefore implements projects very reliably. We enjoy working with him.”

Prof. Dr. Hans-Hermann Dirksen

Professor of Business Law & Digitization


Frequently asked questions about starting a business in Germany

What legal forms are available for foreign companies in Germany?
There are different legal forms that a foreign company can choose when establishing a presence in Germany. These include the GmbH (limited liability company), the AG (public limited company), the KG (limited partnership), the OHG (general partnership) or the GmbH & Co. KG (GmbH & Compagnie limited partnership). The choice of legal form depends on a number of factors.
What are the requirements for incorporating a company in Germany?
There are a number of requirements that need to be met in order to incorporate a company in Germany. These include choosing a suitable legal form, drawing up a memorandum and articles of association, registering with the commercial register, applying for a tax number and, if necessary, registering with the trade register. Sector-specific licenses and permits may also be required.
How long does it take to incorporate a company in Germany?
The time it takes to set up a company depends on a number of factors, such as the choice of legal form, the complexity of the business model and the permits required. In general, however, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to set up a company in Germany.
What taxes and duties does a foreign company have to pay in Germany?
Foreign companies are generally subject to the same taxes and duties in Germany as domestic companies. These include income tax, corporation tax, VAT and trade tax. The exact amount of taxes depends on a number of factors and may vary.
Do you need a German managing director to set up a company in Germany?
No, a foreign company does not need a German managing director to set up a company in Germany. However, it is advisable to have a competent local contact to facilitate business relationships and processes.
What documents are required to set up a company in Germany?
Various documents are required to set up a company in Germany, such as a memorandum of association, articles of association, a commercial register application and a tax number. Depending on the industry, other documents such as permits or licenses may also be required.
Do you need a business registration to set up a company in Germany?
Yes, you usually need a business registration to set up a company in Germany. Business registration is necessary if the company carries out commercial activities.

More on the subject

A selection of external links on starting a business in Germany.

Please note that the information provided here is not a substitute for individual legal advice.
The free consultation serves as an initial exchange on your project. Our experts provide free advice on your options and the possibility of working with us.