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Online German company credit check

  • What is in a German credit report?

    Creditserve Business Information Ltd provide instant on-line credit reports on German companies, which include the following information: 

    • Incorporation information including trading and registered address, registration number and date of incorporation
    • Credit recommendations, where financial information has been provided and analysed
    • Type of company, size and trading status
    • Financial data and key ratios (if filed)
    • Shareholders and share capital
    • Directors
    • Associated companies
    • Public information
    • General information

If you are interested in obtaining an on-line credit report or credit reports on German companies please visit our website or visit ourOn-line European and USA reports page. Or if you would like to look at a typical credit report please visit ourSample Credit Reports


The following German companies are required to publish their annual report and accounts:-

All German companies limited by shares, which include public limited companies and partnerships limited by shares and also all private limited companies.

Partnerships without a natural person as a personally liable partner (these are mainly private limited liability companies and limited partnerships but also general partnerships with a company limited by shares as a personally liable partner).

Branches of certain foreign companies limited by shares, above all limited companies which are legally obliged to publish their annual accounts (these are companies such as large retailers which have for 3 consecutive financial years the following: balance sheet total of more than 65million euro, turnover of more than 130 million Euro, average of more 5,000 employees)

Irrespective of their legal form, credit institutions, institutions which provide financial services, insurance companies and pension funds.

The criteria for determining small, medium and large German companies are as follows:-

1. Small companies

Small companies limited by shares are those which exceed no more than one of the three criteria specified below:

  1. balance sheet total: 4,015,000 euro
  2. turnover: 8,030,000 euro
  3. annual average of 50 employees

Small companies only have to file and publish a balance sheet and notes(without a profit and loss account).

2. Medium -sized companies

Medium-sized companies by shares are exceed at least two of the three criteria specified under 1 but exceed no more than one of the three criteria specified below:

  1. balance sheet total:16,060,000 euro
  2. turnover: 32,120,000 euro
  3. annual average of 250 employees

3. Large companies

Large companies limited by shares are those which exceed at least two of the three criteria specified in 2. In addition, there are also various special rulings,always obliged to publish their accounts in accordance with the stipulations for large companies:

  1. A company limited by shares is always regarded as large if it is active in an organised market
  2. Capital market -oriented companies are always regarded as large
  3. Credit institutions or institutions which provide financial services.
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