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How do I search the Company Register?

The Company Register offers the ability to conduct an advanced search for specific content and dates of disclosures of legally relevant company data from various areas.

The search results are sorted according to relevance and can be narrowed by company and publication data. Via the search results you also have access to register information of the register courts, such as the CP (current version) of a company with an overview of all currently valid entries. The retrieval of register information is subject to a charge according to the Justizverwaltungskostengesetz (Justice Administration Costs Act).

For announcements in bankruptcy, full enforcement and comparison procedures as well as failures, the method of electronic publication is guided by the legal provisions. Within 2 weeks after the first day of publication, you can conduct an unlimited search for disclosures. After this period has expired, a search of the entire database is still permitted, but only by a search function for certain prescribed search criteria. Furthermore, official publication on the internet is subject to strict deletion periods.

You can find information to search for deposited balance sheets under»Deposited balance sheets

Sicherheitsabfrage

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What areas can I search?

The following areas can be searched:

  • Register information of the electronic trade, cooperative and partnership register:
    - Register entries,
    - about the documents submitted to the registries
  • Register disclosures
  • Accounting/ Financial reports: annual accounting documents and disclosures of decisions and declarations according to §264 Sec. 3 of the German Commercial Code as well as financial reports of the securities issuers.
  • Fund information: Publications about funds, such as reports, basis for taxation, contract conditions etc.
  • Company disclosures: Publication of
    - Corporations,
    - Partnerships limited by shares,
    - Limited Liability Companies,
    - Cooperatives,
    - General partnerships and limited partnerships
    - Mutual Insurance Companies
    - Foreign Companies
    and from the shareholders forum.
  • Capital Market information: Messages from issuers to the Company Register about:
    - Insider information
    - Managers' transactions
    - Messages about voting rights
    - Securities acquisition and transfer
    - Prospectuses/Advice
    - Other capital market information
    As well as other publications from the Federal Gazette about securities.
    Financial reports can be researched in Accounting/ Financial Reports.
  • Bankruptcies: Disclosures of bankruptcy, full enforcement and comparison procedures as well as failures.


What do I need to pay attention to when searching for branch establishments?

Prior to 1 January 2007, branch establishments were recorded as independent companies in the Companies Registry responsible for their place of business ("old law"). Beginning 1 January 2007, branch establishments are registered only with the Companies Registry responsible for the main office's place of business ("new law").

This means that branch establishments that were registered pursuant to the "old law" have been expunged from the prior Companies Registry and re-registered pursuant to the "new law" on the folio of the main office as a current branch office. Therefore, "new law" branch establishments (as of 1 January 2007) can be found only as "appendages" to main establishments and no longer as independent entities.

This has the following impact on search functionality and search results:

Search function

You should be aware that for branch establishments (company name of the branch office), the features (search criteria), the Companies Registry where it is registered, the type and number of registration, and legal form are linked to the main office and can be found via the latter.

Linkage does not include a company's place of business or the state where it is located. This information always relates to the searched company and can't be combined with other criteria on the search form, such as, for example, name of branch office with location of main office.

A further exception is company address. Address data - such as street, postal code, and city - always relates to the main office. A search for data on branch establishments won't return any results.

Company filings are normally to be found only via the main establishments.

Old-law branch establishments (prior to 1 January 2007) are now found in the Companies Registry only with the status "expunged".

Search results

Branch establishments are designated as such in search results. In searching Companies Registry information, branch establishments are shown under the respective main office.



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