GmbH & AG

GmbH stands for Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung.  It is one of the possible ways to register a company in Germany.

Companies that are formed as GmbH have one or more Geschäftsführer.  They have a limited liability which is declared when the company is founded and entered into the Handelsregister.

AG stands for Aktiengesellschaft.  It is another way to register a company in Germany.  It is roughly equivalent to a PLC (public limited company) in the UK, or a Corporation in the USA.

An AG has a Vorstand and an Aufsichtsrat – the board of directory and the supervisory board.

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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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