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Commercial register: registration

If your commercial enterprise requires a business that is set up in a commercial manner according to the type and scope (e.g. accounting requirements, company management, commercial order of representation and liability), you are a merchant or a merchant and to be entered in the commercial register.

Changes to your company must be entered in the commercial register in the same way.

The Commercial Register, maintained by the district courts, is a public register of all merchants in the district of the respective registry court.

Abandonment of the Commercial Register

The aim of the commercial register is to provide legal certainty (e.g. for the conclusion of contracts). It therefore contains information on the actual and legal circumstances of the companies (e.g. exact company name, registered office, branches, possible limitations of liability, persons entitled to represent, personal liable shareholders). Shareholder lists or minutes of annual general meetings can also be consulted at the district court.

All interested parties can consult the commercial register at the local court for information purposes and request a printout or a copy from the commercial register. All new entries and changes (e.g. change of manager, procuration and deletions) are now published electronically in the register portal.

The commercial register consists of two departments.

  • Department A: Individual merchants (e.K.), open trading companies (OHG) and limited partnerships (KG) are registered here.
  • Department B: Here, corporations such as limited liability companies (GmbH), public limited companies (AG) or limited partnerships are registered on shares (KGaA).

In the event of a change in the relevant information about your company, such as the registered office, the legal form or the persons entitled to represent, please have the commercial register entry corrected immediately by the competent authority.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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