Public registers – reliable data for real estate and commercial law

A unique selling point of the German legal system is its court-based registers, which ensure legal certainty in the areas of commercial law and land law/conveyancing. In fact, this is a particular feature of the German legal system that other countries are striving to emulate. A reliable data base is available to both German and foreign investors, forming the basis of any commercial activity.

The commercial register provides information on sole traders and trading companies and on the persons who can validly represent these businesses in legal transactions. Anyone can inspect the commercial register at www.handelsregister.de. Questions such as whether a business partner validly exists, or who can represent an organisation and sign on its behalf, can be answered very quickly, without any need for costly legal opinions. For further information about public registers, click Pdf at the right.