The German stock corporation (Aktiengesellschaft, AG) is particularly suitable for companies requiring a lot of capital and where company management is intended to be independent from the shareholders as far as possible.
Most German stock companies are listed on a stock exchange. In addition to the mostly binding regulations of the German Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz, AktG), the regulations of German securities law also apply to these companies. The AktG also provides some relief for unlisted companies with a limited group of people.
In order to establish an AG in Germany, the following is required:
The share capital of the stock corporation is EUR 50,000. One partner and one shareholder are sufficient for establishing a German AG company. To register your Aktiengesellschaft with the commercial register, proof must be provided that at least one quarter of the lowest issue amount plus any premium has been paid in full.
A one-person AG is not possible, because, in addition to a managing board, the German stock corporation law requires a supervisory board with at least three members. However, it is possible to establish an AG, where the sole shareholder also functions as managing board director or a member of the supervisory board.
The German stock corporation has three bodies: managing board, supervisory board, and the general meeting.
We will be happy to clarify with you whether a stock corporation is the appropriate legal form for your business goals. Our attorneys will provide you with competent advice and of course also support you in establishing an AG in Germany.
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