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Going digital: The German notary

Digitizing the “undigitizable”. German notary offices are known for their immutable processes and principles. Founders or their corresponding representatives are still required to make a personal appearance to their notary of choice to found a new company. Identities have to be checked manually, prior to the deed being read to and signed by all parties present. But that is about to change.

Founding and register applications online possible from 1 August 2022

Digital revolution, here we come, as in the not-so-distant future, this personal visit will become redundant (at least in some cases). From 1 August 2022, technology will take over and transfer the act of founding into the digital space. A video conferencing system, developed by the Federal Chamber of Notaries (Bundesnotarkammer) will be introduced to allow for identities to be verified and the act of founding and register applications to be completed online. Electronic signatures will then be sufficient for the signing of the deeds.

Though not for everything

Changes to processes in notary offices have been long overdue. They now help founders to reduce (travel) costs, while saving them valuable time they desperately need to build their company. Founders should not become overly enthusiastic, though, as for the time being, this digital process will only be made available for the founding of GmbHs (limited liability companies) and register applications (further information at It is an important step towards the digital transformation of the German notary.

Digitization to continue

It is a kick-start, promising for more changes to come. One of those might be the transference of the validity register for notarial powers of attorney and inheritance certificates onto the blockchain (further information at or the digital archive for notarial documents (starting 1 July 2022).

We at YPOG have not only been supporting but driving the digitization of legal processes and are looking forward to many more to come.





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YPOG is a law firm specialized in tax and business law, active in the core fields of Funds, Tax, Banking + Finance, and Transactions. The team at YPOG represents a broad client base, which ranges from emerging technology companies and family-run SMEs to large corporations, as well as private equity, and venture capital funds. YPOG is one of the leading advisors for venture capital, private equity, and fund structuring in Germany. The firm and its partners have been recognized nationally and internationally by JUVE, Best Lawyers, Legal 500, Focus, Chambers and Partners as well as Leaders League. Today, YPOG has more than 120 experienced lawyers and tax specialists and a notary, in three offices, located in Berlin, Hamburg, and Cologne.