Register a branch of a trading company (OHG, KG, GmbH, AG) with its main office abroad

According to German commercial law, a commercial company is a company that operates a commercial business and is therefore a merchant as such. A branch office is considered for those foreign trading companies whose main office would have to be entered in the commercial register if the company were domiciled in Germany. 

The name of the branch can be the same as that of the main branch. A completely independent company name would be inadmissible. Usually, an addition is made to the name of the main branch (example: "Musterhandel, Zweigniederlassung Dresden").

The application to the commercial register is made by a notary public at the registration court in whose district the branch office is established:

  • in the case of partnerships (general partnership / OHG and limited partnership / KG) by the partners authorized to represent the company or by the authorized signatory with power of attorney
  • in the case of a limited liability company (GmbH) by the managing directors (the authorized signatory is expressly excluded)
  • in the case of a stock corporation (AG), by the members of the board of directors authorized to represent the company.

For the branch office, a trade must also be registered with the trade office of the respective city or municipality.

Single Point of Contact

For this procedure, you can use the service of the Single Point of Contact (Einheitlicher Ansprechpartner). They will guide you through the administrative procedure, take care of correspondence with all the offices responsible for your request and will be available to you as a competent advisor.


Contact point

A notary's office of your choice


Onlineantrag und Formulare

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Zuständige Stelle

Keine zuständige Stelle vorhanden.

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Warum soll ich einen Ort angeben?
Mit Hilfe der Ortsangabe können wir die für Sie passenden Informationen, Formulare, Dienste und Ihre zuständige Stelle anzeigen.
Welchen Ort soll ich angeben?
Zum Beispiel Ihren Wohnort, wenn Sie einen Reisepass beantragen wollen oder den Unternehmensstandort, wenn Sie ein Gewerbe anmelden möchten.

Service details


Provided that foreign law does not require any deviations, the provisions for principal establishments or branches apply at the registered office of the company (exception: stock corporation, partnership limited by shares and limited liability company). This concerns

  • Filings,
  • announcements and
  • changesfacts

to be registered that concern the branch of a commercial company.

For more information, please contact the notary or the single point of contact.



To submit an application, contact a notary public.

  • The notary will advise you on the formulation of the application.
  • The application is made exclusively by electronic means, for this purpose a publicly certified document is created.
  • The declaration is provided with an electronic signature (within the meaning of § 39a Beurkundungsgesetz / BeurkG) and sent to the electronic court and administrative mailbox of the registry court.

You will receive a notification of the registration made.


Have significant details about your company, such as the registered office, legal form or authorized representatives, changed? Then have the register entry corrected without delay.

The entry is made in the same way exclusively by a notary public.

Required documents

  • Proof of the existence of the principal place of business with certified translation into the German language
  • Legitimation of the authorized representatives with certified translation into the German language

In addition, the following information / evidence:

  • Company name and company suffix (if available)
  • Place and domestic business address of the branch office
  • Purpose of the company
  • Surname, first names, date of birth and place of residence of each partner
  • Power of representation of the shareholders, if required

Further documents may be required in detail.


  • Fee for registration according to the Law on Court and Notary Fees in connection with the Regulation on Fees in Commercial, Partnership and Cooperative Register Matters
  • Expenses for the public announcement

Release note

Sächsisches Staatsministerium der Justiz. 28.12.2019