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Reminder: The GbR's registrability is coming!

In July of this year, I already referred to the important changes in company law that specifically affect civil law partnerships (GbR). Now that the MoPeG (Act on the Modernization of Partnership Law) will come into force on 1 January 2024, I would like to take this opportunity to once again draw attention to this significant development. It appears that a considerable number of GbRs are showing interest in taking advantage of the new opportunities offered by the MoPeG. This article therefore serves as a reminder and impetus for all GbRs to deal with the upcoming changes and seize the opportunities that arise from them. In view of the high demand and keen interest, it is all the more important to obtain information in good time and act accordingly.

What are the benefits of MoPeG for startups again?

The MoPeG brings significant changes for the GbR, which can be of great importance for smaller companies and start-ups in particular. A central point is the introduction of a company register for GbRs. This register, which was previously only intended for commercial companies, will now also apply to GbRs and ensure greater transparency and legal certainty. Registration makes the GbR more legally visible and can therefore put its business relationships on a more solid footing.

Another important aspect is the clarification of liability regulations. The liability of the shareholders is more clearly defined, which is particularly advantageous for new and smaller companies, as it better delineates the risks and responsibilities within the company. This can play an important role in decision-making and risk assessment.

In addition, the possibility of entry in the commercial register is opened up. This option can be attractive for many GbRs, as it makes them similar to a corporation in certain legal aspects, which in turn can bring advantages in terms of creditworthiness and public image.

In addition to these key points, the MoPeG also brings improvements in the internal organization and flexibility of GbRs. It enables a more modern and flexible structuring of articles of association, which can be particularly interesting for start-ups and innovative companies. This flexibility can make it easier for shareholders to adapt their internal processes and structures to the dynamic requirements of the market.

Overall, the MoPeG therefore offers a number of opportunities and improvements that could be of great interest to smaller GbRs and start-ups in particular. It is important that these companies carefully examine the new opportunities and use them to strengthen their competitiveness and legal position.

High demand and register overload

The positive reactions to the changes in GbR law are overwhelming. A striking example of this is the Berlin Commercial Register, which already indicates that only registrations made by December 15, 2023 are guaranteed to be registered in 2023. This announcement underlines the enormous interest and high demand for the new opportunities offered by the MoPeG. It is a clear sign that the modernization of GbR law is a much-needed and long-awaited reform that is being welcomed with open arms by the business world.

Conclusion: A decisive step for the future

The modernization of GbR law through the MoPeG is a decisive step towards meeting the requirements of today’s economy. This reform offers numerous opportunities, particularly for smaller companies and specific sectors such as esports and games development. The introduction of a company register for GbRs, more precise liability regulations and the possibility of entry in the commercial register are just some of the innovations that significantly improve the business environment for GbRs.

It is advisable for companies of all sizes to take a close look at the new possibilities. The benefits that arise from modernization can be decisive for many companies in strengthening their market position and making their business processes more efficient. In view of the high demand and keen interest, it is all the more important to obtain information in good time and take the appropriate steps.

The modernization of GbR law is not only an adaptation to today’s economic conditions, but also an investment in the future. It provides a solid foundation for companies to be successful in a constantly changing market environment. For start-ups, smaller companies and specialized industries, this is an opportunity that should not be missed.

Marian Härtel

Marian Härtel

Marian Härtel is a lawyer and entrepreneur specializing in copyright law, competition law and IT/IP law, with a focus on games, esports, media and blockchain.


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