Foreign business owner of German companies

Stay compliant with immigration regulations

  • Get a deep understanding of Germany’s immigration policy for business
  • Get advisory from our legal experts
  • Monitor your work visa permit application status

Get insights and counseling from our specialists

  • Understand the special German legislation for the different company types
  • Avoid extra costs by receiving guidance from someone who knows the market

Define the best shareholders structure

  • Understand the different types of structures
  • Establish your individual business strategy plan
  • Successfully start your investment in the German market

Foreign business owners

If a foreign company wants to expand into Germany, it can set up a domestic subsidiary, branch office, permanent business establishment or representative office. A business registration and if necessary, a separate state authorization is required for the subsidiary, branch office and permanent business establishment to commence commercial activities.

If the German branch is to be headed by foreign national’s resident in Germany, a valid passport for the business registration and if necessary, the relevant documents for the business registration is sufficient for EU citizens from all 27 member states. They enjoy freedom of establishment according to the provisions of the free movement of persons (FreizügG/EU) regarding self-employment or equivalent paid employment.

Nationals from non-EU countries (third countries) who wish to travel to Germany to start a business require a special purpose residence permit (AE) which must be applied for the German foreign representation in their home country.

Please note

Foreigners are not permitted to start a self-employed activity without authorization. The provisions of the German Residence Act (AufenthG) must be observed. Nationals from third countries who are already resident in Germany and are in possession of a permanent residence permit, a residence authorization or a settlement permit are however equivalent to German or EU citizens.

How we can help you

  • We help foreign companies and foreign investors to successfully incorporate a business in Germany
  • We help the foreign management to stay compliant with regard to German rules and regulations
  • Our cooperation partner Counselhouse helps foreign business owner to obtain a German residence permit which is aligned with the German Residence Act


We drive your success story in Germany

Andreas Wilke


+49 6181 250 330


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Why us?
  • Strong experience in supporting foreign companies to develop their business in Germany
  • Our clients success is our success. Our objective is to grow along our clients
  • We are family owned. Our long- term perspective allows for good strategy and decision-making

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To learn more about how we can add value to your business in Germany, please do not hesitate to contact us today!

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