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Doing Business in Germany

June 2014

German law offers a number of legal vehicles for the carrying on of entrepreneurial business activities. The available corporate legal forms are defined in German statutory regulations which can to a greater or lesser extent be tailored using contractual provisions.

This brochure gives an overview of the various legal frameworks within which businesses can operate in Germany and outlines the main characteristics of the different legal forms and their differences, the requirements for formation and management, and the liability regime of the respective corporate entities.


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