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Business registration: Foreign company
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
If a foreign company wishes to operate in the Federal Republic of Germany via a branch, this must be registered as a trade with the competent authority by the managing director or the managing partner authorised to represent the company.
Who should I contact?
To the municipal, official or city administration (public order office) in whose district you want to operate commercially with the branch.
Which documents are required?
For the entry in the commercial register/cooperative register at the district court: a notarized application with the following information
- name, registered office and business object of the company,
- the name, registered office and object of the branch;
- the register in which the company is kept and the number of the entry in the register, where the law of the State in which the company has its registered office provides for an entry in the register;
- the legal form of the company,
- the persons empowered to represent the company in and out of court as permanent representatives for the activities of the branch, stating their powers
- if the company is not subject to the law of a member state of the European Union or another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, the law of the state to which the company is subject.
For business registration:
- identity card or passport of the declarant,
- For non-EU citizens: residence permit,
- Excerpt from the Commercial Register/Register of Cooperatives,
- In the case of a business requiring a permit: permit.
What are the fees?
Fees are charged in accordance with the annex to the State Ordinance on Administrative Fees. Detailed information on this can be obtained from the competent authority.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
The business must be registered at the same time as the start of the activity.
What else should I know?
If you operate several branches of a foreign company in Germany, you only need to be entered in the commercial register for one branch that is treated as the main branch office in Germany.
Further information can also be found on the website of the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK).
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