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Laws & contracts

From renting out office space to product liability – as an entrepreneur in Germany, you’re bound to have to deal with numerous contracts, laws and legal regulations. In the beginning, you may feel like you’re surrounded with red tape, which can be very frustrating. However, think of the benefits: if there is a contract for every business transaction, you’re guaranteed high legal certainty.

An overview of relevant laws and contracts you will need to deal with as you set up your own business is available on the Startup Portal. Additional information will be provided by the Chambers of Industry and Commerce. If you need additional support, please consult a lawyer.

Information on the internet

BMWi Authority Finder

The Authority Finder will guide you to the right local public authorities and agencies for your requirements(German) 

BMWi Overview no. 32: Special permits

Which businesses need what kind of special permit?(German, English)

BMWi GründerZeiten no. 24: Recht und Verträge (laws and contracts)

Rental contracts, purchase contracts, employment contracts – you’ll find all of the important information here (PDF) (German)



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