Expansion to Germany

Expansion to Germany

Do you want to scale your company and expand to international markets in Germany, the EU or the DACH region? Our experts in German and EU law will clarify all your open legal questions and ensure a quick and legally secure implementation of your expansion strategy. 

Guide: Doing business in Germany

Our guide details essential legal insights for Swiss companies eyeing a German expansion. You’ll discover how to:

Select the appropriate corporate structure and grasp tax and VAT implications for German operations.

Successfully navigate regulatory hurdles, such as data protection and competition law.

Protect intellectual property by extending trademarks and patents.

Efficiently manage your team, covering hiring practices and precautions when working with freelancers.

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The 5 most important points for a successful expansion to Germany 

Company form 

Together with you we will find the best solution for your company form in Germany and the EU. We support you, for example, in founding a subsidiary, establishing a German limited liability company or setting up a branch office. 

EU regulation 

While the regulatory density in the EU is notorious, the uniform regulation allows for access to the entire EU market. Our team has experts in EU financial market law, data protection, AI and digital services to plan and implement an EU market entry. 

Labor law and HR 

Whether you are hiring employees, cross-border commuters or freelancers in Germany, German labor law is much more complex than Swiss labor law, not only in terms of protection against dismissal. With our HR experts, you can avoid costly mistakes. 

Contract law and general terms and conditions 

We incorporate the specifics of German general terms and conditions law and German contract law into your legal documents in a customized manner. With legally secure contracts that, for example, respect consumer rights including the statutory right of withdrawal, you can build successful business relationships in Germany. 

Tax planning 

Our tax experts are available to help you with questions about German and EU tax law and plan cross-border taxation between Switzerland and Germany. 

Start the EU expansion with LEXR in 3 easy steps: 

  1. 1
    Free initial consultation

    During the initial meeting, you will get to know our experts – they will usually be able to give you an initial assessment of the complexity for your company and your industry, as well as outlining the next steps. 

  2. 2

    Together we set goals, prioritize the most important topics and determine a schedule for your expansion into Germany and the EU. In doing so, we also take into account a possible time lag with authorities in order to carry out your expansion quickly. 

  3. 3

    Based on the plan, we develop the most important legal documents, into which your feedback is constantly incorporated. Any newly arising legal questions will also be clarified by your personal contact person at our company.

Expansion to Germany FAQ 

About us

We’re a growing team of 30+ legal professionals. Some of our experts include:

  • 1

    Michele is focused on corporate and commercial law and has a strong background in M&A transactions. At LEXR he advises Swiss and international founders, start-ups, and investors – from incorporation to the first investment rounds, risk financing, complex business transactions, and exits. 

    Michele Vitali, Head of Startup Financing & Venture Capital, Legal Expert 

  • 2

    Nadine advises founders and startups in all stages of a company’s development, focusing on corporate law issues. Nadine has extensive experience in advising on VC transactions, shareholder agreements and employee stock option plans (VSOP/ESOP) as well as corporate governance issues.  

    Nadine Saalbach, Head of Startup Financing & Venture Capital 

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