German company registration: Services at a glance - firma.de

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  • We act as your personal German company expert, supporting you through each step of the formation process
  • Establish your EU headquarters in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich or any German location you desire
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Services of firma.de
Letterhead, imprint and invoice templates
User friendly opening balance sheet template
Employment contract template (part-time)
Employment contract template (full-time)
Temporary personnel contract template
Internship contract template
Loan contract template
Freelancer contract template
Articles of association template
Managing director contract template
Letterhead, imprint and invoice templates
Checklist for incorporation
Preparation of the commercial register (Handelsregister) application form*
Completion of the trade registration form (Gewerbeanmeldung)
Timely preparation of your Trade registration (Gewerbeanmeldung)
Coordination of all necessary legal formalities
Timely preparation of your tax office questionnaire (Finanzamtfragebogen) for the application of your VAT ID (USt.-ID)
Coordination of name check with IHK/HWK
Scheduling of notary appointment in your city of choice*
An expert consultant to guide you through the process
Referral to a qualified tax adviser in your area
Services of the tax consultant
Services provided by Werthing Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH**
Initial consultation via telephone (30 mins/€89 net)
Other services
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Obligation-free insurance check by AXA
Obligation-free business address offer by REGUS
Digital handbook for founders: Firma gründen (currently only available in German)
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* The notary fees and the costs for entry in the commercial register (Handelsregister) are not included in the price and will be charged separately.
** firma.de Firmenbaukasten AG does not provide legal advice itself but works exclusively with lawyers and independent tax advisers who specialise in the field of limited liability entrepreneurial companies. The 30-minute attorney consultation is carried out by Werthing Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Günthersburgallee 37a, 60316 Frankfurt am Main. Please make an appointment: +49 611 17207-0 or by e-mail at support@firma.de. complete comprehensive

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Set up your company with firma.de in eight easy steps

  1. You authorise firma.de to set up your company.
  2. You receive expert advice from our consultants.
  3. We arrange your company name check with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK).
  4. We coordinate your notary appointment in your city of choice.
  5. We arrange the opening of your company bank account.
  6. We handle your company's entry into the commercial register (Handelsregister), while also preparing your trade registration (Gewerbeanmeldung) and tax office questionnaire (Finanzamtfragebogen).
  7. We refer you to one of our tax adviser partners for an opening balance sheet (Eröffnungsbilanz) consultation.
  8. You start doing business!
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Frequently asked questions about the GmbH

What is the process of founding a company with firma.de?

If you partner with firma.de to start a corporation (UG, GmbH, AG, KG, Holding, UG & Co. KG, GmbH & Co. KG, gemeinnützige UG, gemeinnützige GmbH) the process is as follows:

  • You authorise firma.de to set up your company.
  • You receive expert advice from our consultants.
  • We arrange your company name check with the IHK (Germany's chamber of commerce).
  • We organise and schedule your notary appointment in your city of choice.
  • After your notary appointment, we arrange the opening of your company bank account.
  • Immediately after your Handelsregister (commercial register) registration, we prepare your Gewerbeanmeldung (business registration) and Finanzamtfragebogen (tax office questionnaire).
  • We refer you to a qualified tax adviser from the firma.de partner database for an opening balance sheet consultation session.
  • You're ready to do business!
​What exactly is a GmbH?

The abbreviation GmbH stands for Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung, which translates to "company with limited liability".

All liabilities are covered by the company rather than the personal assets of its shareholders.

The corporate form is widespread in Germany and can be best compared to the US-American LLC, the British Inc. or Ltd and the Australian Pty.

​What is the UG (haftungsbeschränkt) or €1 GmbH?

The Unternehmergesellschaft (haftungsbeschränkt) — commonly known as the UG — is a limited liability structure that caters to the needs of startups that are bootstrapped (the minimum share capital is only €1.00 per shareholder) but still want to benefit from limited liability.

The UG is not a corporate form of its own, as frequently assumed, but is a variation of the regular GmbH, which was created by the legislation to Modernise the Law on Limited Liability Companies and to Combat Abuse (Modernisierung des GmbH-Rechts und zurBekämpfung von Missbräuchen [MoMiG]) in 2008.

Since its introduction, the UG or the "Mini-GmbH" has been enormously popular among founders with more than 200,000 formations already — a number that is steadily growing.

What is an AG?

The Aktiengesellschaft (AG) - the German stock company - is a corporate structure with limited liability via share ownership, in which these shares are tradeable on the stock market.

If you want to grow your company as quickly as possible, the AG could be your best option. By selling company shares in the form of equity, you can raise capital without bureaucratic hassle.

An AG does not necessarily need to list on the stock exchange, but the listed AG is the more common variant.

What is a Holding?

A Holding is a parent company with at least one subsidiary that it holds shares in. In many cases, the parent company owns 100% of its subsidiary.

In recent years, the Holding has increased in popularity as a corporate model, introducing innovative company structures to startup ecosystems around the world.

For example, if there is more than one founder, it may be feasible for each founder to set up their own Holding that holds shares in different subsidiaries.

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