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Updated on Monday 03rd April 2017

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    What is the German trade register?

The Trade Register in Germany is known as Handelsregister, which means Companies House. This is actually the official institution whith which all companies have the obligation to register. All businessmen who are considering setting up a company in Germany must choose a company type and register it with the  Handelsregister.

The German trade register falls under the regulations and supervision of the local district courts, also known as Amtsgericht. The trade register in Germany mainly deals with the registration of companies in this country, but also with facilitating information about companies to the public. It is the duty of the trade register in Germany to supervise and observe if the companies respect the German Commercial Code.

The trade register in Germany is divided into two parts. One is responsible with all that involves company registration procedures for all types of businesses, from the articles of association to the shareholders and board of directors. The second division deals with ensuring the good functioning of companies according to the legislation in Germany.

Our German consultants can handle the entire registration procedure for local and foreign businessmen interested in opening a business in Germany.

  • How can a company register with the German trade register?

Company registration in Germany can only be completed if some documents of the company are submitted. These papers must be notarized and sent via Internet or submitted at the local district court. The local authorities must decide within a month if the application is complete and after issuing the registration certificate, the German trade register provides information to the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, as well as tax authorities in order to announce the new company.

  • How can I have access to the German trade register?

The trade register in Germany is a public institution, therefore it allows the public to have access to the database. Besides, it is one of the main roles of the German Trade Register. Anyone can come to an office of the local trade register and search through the numerous companies that are registered or ask for details on a specific company in Germany.

If you are thinking of setting up a company in Germany, you are invited to contact our team of German company incorporation experts.

Comments

  • Saeed 2016-04-03

    I WOULD LIKE TO OPEN CONPANEY IN GERMANEY

    Hello Saeed and thank you for your comment. You will receive an e-mail from us as soon as possible.
    Have a great day!

  • Ebrahim 2017-02-09

    I am from Iran.I am seeking to open my own company in Germany,and i need your guidance. How much will be an overall cost for the registration? How would i be able to find a Lawyer?If i go to the public commercial register (Handelsregister),do i have to fill in applications in German?Is German a necessity for registration?

    Hello Ebrahim! Thank you for your message! Please send us all your questions via e-mail at office(at)lawyersgermany.com and we will reply as fast as possible! Have a great day!

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