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Purchase UG shelf company

Shelf UGs - from a leading specialist

Buy a shelf UG, colloquially also referred to as a mini-GmbH, that is ready for business within 24 hours and without risk – that is what we have to offer you. Our shelf UG has not engaged in any previous business activities and is completely unencumbered.

Shelf UG
incl. €500 share capital
  • Fast
  • Unencumbered
  • 16 founding locations
  • Legally compliant
  • Comes with existing bank account

Optional additionally: "ComfortPlus" package

  • Notifying the Transparency Register*
  • Extract from the Transparency Register
  • Registering your company for tax*
  • Forms and explanations for registering a commercial license*
  • Notarial mediation

* legally required


Purchase price: €2,500
Any questions? We are here for you!

Purchasing a shelf UG means being able to do business immediately

The shelf UGs from FORIS have already been founded and entered in the commercial register – we bear the full foundation risk and deliver a risk-free and legally secure AG to you. You can get started immediately.

Our experience is your advantage

In concrete terms this means fast and flawless processing with the required legal certainty, quality and maximum flexibility – because we know what it means to have to be able to act on behalf of your company from one moment to the next. We provide you with support from the first to the very last step of the way.

> Reserve now free of charge & without obligation: UG as shelf company

Bank account

Each shelf UG is provided with a formation account at Qonto bank where the share capital is fully paid-up.


Potentially transferable bank account

After purchasing the shelf UG and the bank check required for transfer of the bank account, you can take over the account and dispose of the available credit balance. This step requires legitimation from the bank.

Shelf UG in Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf or at another location in Germany

FORIS is active throughout Germany and offers you various locations for the establishment of a shelf UG. Our stock of UGs is primarily in Berlin, Bonn, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and München. Other locations are available on request. Stay flexible!

Process - In just 5 steps to the new AG, with full legal certainty

We know you are in a hurry: That is why we keep the process short and uncomplicated. There are just 5 steps from reservation of your shelf AG to notarized assumption – within 24 hours.

1 Reservation
2 Information
3 Purchase price
4 Documents by courier
5 Notary appointment

Make your reservation free of charge and without obligation

Whether by telephone, form or online via our homepage - your reservation is without obligation, free of charge and valid for one week. You need a longer period? No problem, we are flexible.

> Reserve your shelf UG online

> Reservation request by e-mail


Advance information

After reservation you will receive from us:

  Questionnaire on acquisition of the shelf UG

  Notification of registration from the commercial register

  Certificate of incorporation and articles of association

  Company’s current account statement

If you have any questions or need help filling out the questionnaire, we are of course there for you.

Purchase price
Purchase price

Purchase price payment

You can transfer the purchase price for the shelf UG to a FORIS account. If you want to make a quick payment, we recommend an instant/express transfer.

Alternatively, an attorney or tax advisor approved in Germany can provide us with confirmation of the purchase price payment deposited in his or her escrow account. The prerequisite is the previous, clearly declared purpose of such forwarding to us or a written, irrevocable and unconditional undertaking. In these cases the purchase price increases by €100 to cover our additional expenses.

Documents by courier
Documents by courier

Documents by courier

For a particularly fast transfer of your shelf company, we send all of the necessary documents to your notary in advance by e-mail. The originals regarding the company are then sent by courier to the notary’s office.

Notary appointment
Notary appointment

Appointment with the notary

You arrange an appointment with your notary and certify the purchase and assignment agreement as well as any necessary changes.

Acquisition of your shelf UG is completed with the notary’s registration of the change for entry in the commercial register.

We wish you much success with your UG!

Even easier with the “ComfortPlus” services package

Founding or buying a company in Germany, you need to plan carefully and consider all the legal, tax and economic aspects. Buying a pre-existing and unencumbered limited liability company significantly reduces your level of risk and saves you time. However, there is more to acquiring an operational business than just buying the company. You also need to take numerous official notifications into account.

  • Notifying the Transparency Register (UBO Register)
  • Transparency Register extract (UBO Register extract)
  • Registering your company for tax/obtaining a tax ID number or VAT identification number
  • Forms and explanations for registering a commercial license
  • Notarial mediation

We are happy to help you tackle your upcoming tasks and required notifications so that you can get your business off the ground, write invoices and start earning money even faster.

Questions about the UG as a shelf company

What is a Mini-GmbH?

The Mini-GmbH is officially called a Unternehmergesellschaft (UG), with limited liability (haftungsbeschränkt). It is an entrepreneurial company with limited liability and insufficient share capital similar to a German GmbH.

What are the advantages of an UG versus a GmbH?

The UG offers the advantage over a GmbH of being established with a small amount of capital namely 1 euro. However, after formation the partners commit the company to increasing the capital by the profit earned until the threshold of 25,000 euros has been reached thus fulfilling the minimum capital requirement for a GmbH. 

Once this has been achieved an automatic conversion into a GmbH takes place. Furthermore, a UG is only recommended if the costs for the company can be kept very low at the beginning. The FORIS shelf UGs are all founded with a share capital of 1,000 euros. 

How does the purchase of a UG work?

If you have reserved a UG, then you will promptly receive an email from FORIS with general samples and company specific information. You will also find a questionnaire attached with this email which you should complete and return to FORIS. 

In addition, you will also receive the payment details which you need for transferring the purchase price to FORIS. 

As acquiring a GmbH entails a transfer of company shares requiring certification, you will need a notary appointment at a notary’s office of your choice in order to complete the transaction process and acquisition. 

Once FORIS has received the purchase price and questionnaire, we arrange for the company documents to be sent to the notary by overnight courier. 

At the notary appointment, the notarised acquisition of your UG takes place. 

At the same time, in addition to the purchase and transfer agreement, the changes to the company are also notarially entered into the commercial register. Once the new managing director is registered in the commercial register, s/he can apply to transfer the company bank account. For this purpose, please contact your commercial bank. 

Contact - we are there for you
Your contact person
Yvonne Riegel
Yvonne Riegel Consultant
Contact - we are there for you
Your contact person
Yvonne Riegel
Yvonne Riegel Consultant