UG formation: Process, costs and services at a glance - firma.de

Set up a UG in Berlin

Focus on growing your startup right from the start and let us handle the bureaucracy.

  • Make your business fully operational in no time at all
  • Cut through all the red tape with our digital services
  • A dedicated consultant will guide you through the formation process
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Classic

Includes personal telephone consultation and all services for setting up a UG.
349 €
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*Net price
Top features:
  • Company name check with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK)
  • Notary appointment in your city of choice
  • Preparation of the opening of your company bank account
  • Handling of your company's entry into the commercial register (Handelsregister)
  • Preparation of your trade registration (Gewerbeanmeldung)

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A dedicated consultant

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On demand telephone support

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Contract and document templates

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Checklists and form pre-filling

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Coordination and referrals

Employer identification number

Subsidiary formation services for foreign companies

EORI number

Formation services for international founders (Non-EU)

Lawyer Steffen Hartmann

Visa consultation

firma.de Firmenbaukasten AG does not provide legal advice itself; firma.de works exclusively with lawyers and independent tax advisors who specialise in the field of limited liability entrepreneurial companies

Individual UG articles of association from a lawyer optionally selectable in the shopping cart**

firma.de Firmenbaukasten AG does not provide legal advice itself; firma.de works exclusively with lawyers and independent tax advisors who specialise in the field of limited liability entrepreneurial companies

ETL IP Patent- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Protect your brand, company name and logo in Germany

Provision of legal services is by ETL IP Patent- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Clayallee 343, 14169 Berlin.

Protect your company’s most valuable asset with an EU trademark

Provision of legal services is by ETL IP Patent- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Clayallee 343, 14169 Berlin.

Other Services

Placetel all-in-one telephone solution

Digital handbook for founders: Firma gründen (currently only available in German)

Free 30-day trial of meineSCHUFA premium

Express

Classic package plus speedy registration and formation.
499 €
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one-time*

*Net price
All features of the Classic package plus:
  • Express formation
  • Express registration

firma.de

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Express formation + registration

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A dedicated consultant

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On demand telephone support

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Contract and document templates

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Checklists and form pre-filling

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Coordination and referrals

Employer identification number

Subsidiary formation services for foreign companies

EORI number

Formation services for international founders (Non-EU)

Lawyer Steffen Hartmann

Visa consultation

firma.de Firmenbaukasten AG does not provide legal advice itself; firma.de works exclusively with lawyers and independent tax advisors who specialise in the field of limited liability entrepreneurial companies

Individual UG articles of association from a lawyer optionally selectable in the shopping cart**

firma.de Firmenbaukasten AG does not provide legal advice itself; firma.de works exclusively with lawyers and independent tax advisors who specialise in the field of limited liability entrepreneurial companies

ETL IP Patent- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Protect your brand, company name and logo in Germany

Provision of legal services is by ETL IP Patent- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Clayallee 343, 14169 Berlin.

Protect your company’s most valuable asset with an EU trademark

Provision of legal services is by ETL IP Patent- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Clayallee 343, 14169 Berlin.

Other Services

Placetel all-in-one telephone solution

Digital handbook for founders: Firma gründen (currently only available in German)

Free 30-day trial of meineSCHUFA premium

UG All-In

All-inclusive package plus set up of
- Bookkeeping
- Annual accounts
488 €
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one-time*

*Net price
All features of the Classic package plus:
  • Set up of bookkeeping services
  • Set up of financial accounting

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Set up of financial accounting €100 (plus preparation of annual accounts for €1.249)

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Direct line to the firma.de executive team

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Set up of bookkeeping services Starter

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A dedicated consultant

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On demand telephone support

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Contract and document templates

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Checklists and form pre-filling

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Coordination and referrals

Employer identification number

Subsidiary formation services for foreign companies

EORI number

Formation services for international founders (Non-EU)

Lawyer Steffen Hartmann

Visa consultation

firma.de Firmenbaukasten AG does not provide legal advice itself; firma.de works exclusively with lawyers and independent tax advisors who specialise in the field of limited liability entrepreneurial companies

Individual UG articles of association from a lawyer optionally selectable in the shopping cart**

firma.de Firmenbaukasten AG does not provide legal advice itself; firma.de works exclusively with lawyers and independent tax advisors who specialise in the field of limited liability entrepreneurial companies

ETL IP Patent- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Protect your brand, company name and logo in Germany

Provision of legal services is by ETL IP Patent- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Clayallee 343, 14169 Berlin.

Protect your company’s most valuable asset with an EU trademark

Provision of legal services is by ETL IP Patent- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Clayallee 343, 14169 Berlin.

Other Services

Placetel all-in-one telephone solution

Digital handbook for founders: Firma gründen (currently only available in German)

Free 30-day trial of meineSCHUFA premium

Net price

Articles of association drafted by a lawyer: Protect yourself and your business partners

Slay the bureaucratic dragon with our UG packages

ClassicExpressUG All-In
firma.de
Set up of financial accounting €100 (plus preparation of annual accounts for €1.249)
Direct line to the firma.de executive team
Set up of bookkeeping services Starter
Express formation + registration
A dedicated consultant
On demand telephone support
Contract and document 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
Letterhead, legal disclosure and invoice templates
Checklists and form pre-filling
Completion of the trade registration form (Gewerbeanmeldung)
Coordination and referrals
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)
An expert consultant to guide you through the process
Referral to a qualified tax adviser in your area
Employer identification numberOptionalOptionalOptional
Subsidiary formation services for foreign companiesOptionalOptionalOptional
EORI numberOptionalOptionalOptional
Formation services for international founders (Non-EU)OptionalOptionalOptional
Lawyer Steffen Hartmann

Visa consultation

firma.de Firmenbaukasten AG does not provide legal advice itself; firma.de works exclusively with lawyers and independent tax advisors who specialise in the field of limited liability entrepreneurial companies
OptionalOptionalOptional

Individual UG articles of association from a lawyer optionally selectable in the shopping cart**

firma.de Firmenbaukasten AG does not provide legal advice itself; firma.de works exclusively with lawyers and independent tax advisors who specialise in the field of limited liability entrepreneurial companies
OptionalOptionalOptional
ETL IP Patent- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Protect your brand, company name and logo in Germany

Provision of legal services is by ETL IP Patent- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Clayallee 343, 14169 Berlin.
OptionalOptionalOptional

Protect your company’s most valuable asset with an EU trademark

Provision of legal services is by ETL IP Patent- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Clayallee 343, 14169 Berlin.
OptionalOptionalOptional
Other Services
Placetel all-in-one telephone solutionOptionalOptionalOptional
Digital handbook for founders: Firma gründen (currently only available in German)OptionalOptionalOptional
Free 30-day trial of meineSCHUFA premiumOptionalOptionalOptional
Other services
Free 30-day trial of meineSCHUFA premiumOPTIONAL
Obligation-free insurance check by AXA
Digital handbook for founders: Firma gründen (currently only available in German)
349€ excluding tax499€ excluding tax488€ excluding tax
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* The price is not inclusive of notary fees and the costs for entry in the Handelsregister (commercial register) as you will be charged for them separately.
** firma.de Firmenbaukasten AG does not provide legal advice itself; firma.de works exclusively with lawyers and independent tax advisors who specialise in the field of limited liability entrepreneurial companies. Please make an appointment: +49 611 17207-0 or by e-mail at support@firma.de.

Automate your UG formation with us

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    Low starting capital

    The UG provides all the advantages of a limited liability company with only a €1.00 minimum share capital requirement. A particularly attractive corporate structure for startups and small businesses.

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    No personal liability

    UG shareholders are not personally liable and therefore do not have to guarantee the company's debts with their private assets (e.g. house, car, bank accounts) even in the event of insolvency.

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    Tax savings

    The tax rate of the UG's undistributed earnings is significantly lower than the personal income tax rate.

Set up your business 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 Berlin.
  5. We arrange the logistics for 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 UG

What is the purpose of the IHK in Berlin?

The IHK-Berlin promotes Berlin as a business location and advocates for favourable conditions for Berlin companies. The interests of Berlin's business community are represented with wide-ranging expertise. The IHK-Berlin is a trusted partner of government authorities and other interest groups in all business matters.

The IHK also provide services such as company name checks. You can learn more about IHK name checks here.

What documents do I need to bring with me to the bank appointment in Berlin?

Your bank appointment will most likely take place at the nearest branch in Berlin. You will need to bring the following documents with you:

  • A valid identity card or passport
  • A registration certificate, if applicable
  • All notarised copies of the certificate of incorporation

Get the low-down about opening a business bank account in Germany here.

What should I consider when registering a business in Berlin?

A business can be a natural person or a legal person - i.e. an incorporated entity such as a public limited company (Aktiengesellschaft), limited liability company (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung), registered cooperative (Genossenschaft) or association (eingetragener Verein), limited partnership (Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien).

The following persons are resposible for registering a business

  • Sole proprietorship: The individual who is the sole trader
  • Partnership (e.g. OHG, GbR): The managing partners
  • Limited partnership: Each personally liable shareholder and the limited partners that possess management authority
  • Corporations (e.g. AG, GmbH, UG): The designated legal representative

Required documents

  • Identity card or passport with last registration certificate.
  • Extract from the commercial register (Handelsregister) - if an incorporated entity e.g. GmbH, AG, registered trader, UG, etc.
  • Contracts/agreements
  • Handwerkskarte (a craft card for craft activities)

You will receive a notification of the business registration from the following places:

  • the relevant tax office (zuständige Finanzamt),
  • the Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammer) or the Chamber of Crafts (Handwerkskammer),
  • the Employer's Liability Insurance Association (Berufsgenossenschaft),
  • the Department of Occupational Health and Safety (staatliche Amt für Arbeitsschutz).

This notification does not replace a specific notification requirements for individual bodies. In particular, in the case of craft enterprises, a direct registration with the Chamber of Crafts is still required.

The entry in the Handelsregister does not replace/contain the notification according to § 14 GewO (obligation to notify). The trade must therefore be registered (and therefore also deregistered) separately at the responsible district office.

Some commercial activities require a permit that are subject to approval and have additional prerequisites. Find out at an early stage which requirements you have to fulfil in order to be able to become active in your desired enterprise.

Timelines

You must register your business immediately at the time of setting up. A fine may be imposed for late registrations.

More information

To find out more about how register a German limited liability company check out our article here.

What is the trade tax rate (Gewerbesteuerhebesatz) in Berlin?
Where are the tax offices located in Berlin?

Charlottenburg

  • Bismarckstr. 48
  • 10627 Berlin
  • Tel: (030) 9024 13-0
  • Fax: (030) 9024 13-900
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 08:00-15:00
  • Thursday 08:00-18:00, Friday 08:00-13:30

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

  • Mehringdamm 22
  • 10961 Berlin
  • Tel: (030) 9024 14-0
  • Fax: (030) 9024 14-900
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 08:00-15:00
  • Thursday 08:00-18:00, Friday 08:00-13:30

Neukölln

  • Thiemannstr. 1
  • 12059 Berlin
  • Tel: (030) 9024 16-0
  • Fax: (030) 9024 16-900
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 08:00-15:00
  • Thursday 08:00-18:00, Friday 08:00-13:30

Prenzlauer Berg

  • Storkower Str. 134
  • 10407 Berlin
  • Tel: (030) 9024 28-0
  • Fax: 030) 9024 28-900
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 08:00-15:00
  • Thursday 08:00-18:00, Friday 08:00-13:30
Is the UG the right type of company for me?

✅ Minimal start-up capital required

✅ Limitation of liability

✅ Lower incorporation costs

The formation of an entrepreneurial company (limited liability) - officially called a Unternehmergesellschaft (haftungsbeschränkt) in German - are ideal for entreprenuers who are bootstrapping their businesses. A deposit of just €1 per founder is enough to set up this company type.

It also enables you to protect your own assets. Just as with a GmbH, as a shareholder of a UG (haftungsbeschränkt) you are only liable with the company assets - not with your private assets. This keeps the liability risk for founders as low as possible.

The UG also offers the possibility to use the model protocol (Musterprotokoll) for the company's articles of association when establishing a company. The aim of the Musterprotokoll is to speed up the formation stage so that your company is fully operational as quickly as possible.

The use of the Musterprotokoll also means that the bureaucratic start-up expenses and the start-up costs are lower than if a customised articles of association is used.

Want to know more about the UG? Check out our article here.

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