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Question: Which type of german company is best suited for US Investors? We are currently a UG – should we change to a limited company?


The advantage of the German „GmbH“ compared to the „UG“ is the better validation of your company by customers and investors. The answer to your question depends on the type of investor you want. „High-risk“ business angels don’t mind investing in an UG. „Medium-risk“ VC investors usually consider the GmbH as a pre-condition for future investments in Germany. It’s liability (of at least 25.000 EUR) is already invested by the company members and indicates that the company is a (i.a. financially) reliable business partner with consolidated ideas.

In a nutshell: the higher the investor’s risk, the higher his slice of the cake.

There are ways to bridge the gap between signing of the investment contract and changing the company’s legal form. If you need a tailored advice for your specific situation, feel free to contact me.

Rechtsanwalt Thomas J. Kowohl

Tel: +49 (0) 30 303660852
Fax: +49 (0) 30 303660853
E-Mail: kowohl@liquet.org



Gesellschaftsrecht / M&A, Start-Ups, Zivilrecht

BGH, Urt. v. 06.12.2016 – II ZR 140/15 (OLG Frankfurt am Main)

Bei Beendigung einer atypisch stillen Gesellschaft wird der Anspruch des stillen Gesellschafters auf Auszahlung des Auseinandersetzungsguthabens – ebenso wie ein eventueller Verlustausgleichsanspruch des Geschäftsinhabers – regelmäßig erst nach der Auseinandersetzung gemäß § 235 Abs. 1 HGB in Form der Durchführung einer Gesamtabrechnung fällig, die der Geschäftsinhaber allerdings nicht ungebührlich hinauszögern darf.

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