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§ 5a Entrepreneurial company

(1) The business name of a company formed with a share capital which falls short of the minimum share capital as referred to in section 5 (1) must, in derogation from section 4, bear the designation ʻUnternehmergesellschaft (haftungsbeschränkt)ʼ (Entrepreneurial Company (Limited Liability)), or ʻUG (haftungsbeschränkt)ʼ for short.

(2) In derogation from section 7 (2), the application to register the company may not be filed until the full amount of the share capital has been deposited. Contributions in kind are not possible.

(3) The balance sheet in the annual financial statements to be prepared in accordance with sections 242 and 264 of the Commercial Code must include statutory reserves comprising one quarter of the annual surplus minus any losses carried forward from the previous year. The reserves may be used only

  • 1.  for the purposes set out in section 57c;
  • 2.  to compensate for an annual deficit, insofar as it is not covered by profits carried forward from the previous year;
  • 3.  to compensate for losses carried forward from the previous year, insofar as they are not covered by an annual surplus.

(4) In derogation from section 49 (3), a meeting of shareholders must be convened without delay where there is a threat of illiquidity.

(5) If the company increases its share capital so that it then equals or exceeds the amount of the minimum share capital as referred to in section 5 (1), then subsections (1) to (4) no longer apply; the business name as referred to in subsection (1) may be retained.

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