The German corporate law, i. e. legislation on corporations and partnerships, is codified in a number of Acts, especially in the following:
- German Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz – AktG) and its Introductory Act
- German Act on Limited Liability Companies (GmbH-Gesetz) and its Introductory Act
- German Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch – BGB)
- German Commercial Code (Handelsgesetzbuch – HGB)
- German Act on Mergers, Splits and Changes of Legal Form (Umwandlungsgesetz – UmwG)
These Acts govern the most important forms that German corporations and partnerships may take, i. e. stock corporations, limited liability companies, commercial partnerships, limited liability partnerships, silent partnerships, associations and foundations.
Furthermore, the provisions on how to merge, split or transform German corporations, partnerships and other less current forms of enterprises are set forth in the „Umwandlungsgesetz“ (which means „Transformation Act“ but can loosely be translated as Act on Mergers, Splits and Changes of Legal Form).
For the first time, all the provisions listed above are comprehensively available in English. We have launched an edition named „German Corporate Law“ which includes a German – English synopsis of the relevant German legislation as of April 2016.
The book is particularly intended to provide support to professionals and experts whose work has to take into account German legislation in a bilingual environment and/or who are looking for means to explain German law to their English-speaking colleagues and business partners.
Again, here is the link: German Corporate Law