Globalization and increasing demand for different products and services have led many companies to open more branches. Therefore, they can offer their goods and services in a more extensive range. In this article from Wise Business Group, we will review important legal information about setting up a branch in Germany.
Every company automatically has a head office. It is also possible for companies in Germany to set up any number of branches.
You can set up the branches of a company in the same or another city where the head office is located in Germany, or even abroad.
You may face several questions before deciding to set up a branch in Germany to be answered. For example:
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From a legal point of view, a company branch in Germany is considered a permanent establishment.
One specific feature of this type of branch is that it affiliates with the company’s head office in many situations. Therefore, it does not have separate bookkeeping and is not allowed to conclude contracts independently.
In addition, in such branches, the delivery of goods is usually done by the main company. For these reasons, affiliated branches in Germany do not have their CEO.
Due to the dependence of this type of branch on the company’s head office, it doesn’t need to register the business and enter into the commercial registry. The affiliate branch is a kind of physical separation from the parent company in Germany.
The situation is different when establishing an independent branch in Germany.
Although the independent branch belongs to a company, it is economically independent.
The difference between an independent branch and a subsidiary in Germany is that an independent branch is not a separate legal entity. However, due to its economic independence, registering a business and entering into the commercial registry is required.
An independent branch office in Germany does the similar or the same businesses as the head office.
Unlike the affiliated branch in Germany, an independent one must have a managing director who has the power of attorney or legal authority.
Because these branches operate independently in Germany, they have separate bookkeeping and payslips for employees. It is also possible for them to conclude a contract independently.
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If you want to enter a new independent branch of your company in the German commercial register, you must provide the following information:
In addition to the above, you need to make a public and certified copy of the following and bring it with you when registering your business in Germany:
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If a company wants to set up a branch in Germany, it must determine whether it is an affiliate or independent.
An independent branch can have separate bookkeeping and conclude contracts. It also requires business registration and entry into the German commercial register.
You must provide certain information when registering a branch with the German commercial registrar. This information is often about the location of the branch and its manager.
It is also necessary to enter certified copies of the articles of association and shareholders’ resolutions in the commercial register.
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