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30/07/2021
CMS Life Sci­ences & Health­care Glob­al Bro­chure
With big deals fuel­ling re­cord levels of M&A activ­ity, a steady stream of in­nov­at­ive and dis­rupt­ive tech­no­lo­gies, new and in­creas­ingly com­plex reg­u­lat­ory chal­lenges and a thriv­ing start-up com­munity...
29/07/2021
All en­tit­ies re­quired to re­gister – TraF­inG enters in­to force on 1 Au­gust...
The Trans­par­ency Re­gister and Fin­an­cial In­form­a­tion Act (TraF­inG) enters in­to force on 1 Au­gust 2021. Its aim is to make fur­ther pro­gress on com­bat­ing money laun­der­ing and ter­ror­ist fin­an­cing and, in ad­di­tion to de­liv­er­ing great­er trans­par­ency in­to leg­al en­tit­ies and their be­ne­fi­cial own­ers, to cre­ate the basis for link­ing all the rel­ev­ant re­gisters through­out Europe. In par­tic­u­lar, the TraF­inG does away with the no­tion­al no­ti­fic­a­tions that pre­vi­ously ap­plied to lis­ted com­pan­ies and all leg­al en­tit­ies for which in­form­a­tion on the (no­tion­al) be­ne­fi­cial own­ers could be ob­tained from the com­mer­cial re­gister, part­ner­ship re­gister, co­oper­at­ive so­ci­ety re­gister, re­gister of as­so­ci­ations or com­pany re­gister. Spe­cific­ally, this means that in fu­ture all these cor­por­ate bod­ies will also have to re­port their be­ne­fi­cial own­ers sep­ar­ately to the trans­par­ency re­gister, even if the be­ne­fi­cial own­ers are already evid­ent from the com­mer­cial re­gister or oth­er re­gisters. Spe­cial reg­u­la­tions only ap­ply to re­gistered as­so­ci­ations (ein­getra­gene Ver­eine). There are no changes with re­gard to found­a­tions (Stif­tun­gen), for which no no­tion­al re­gis­tra­tion has been pos­sible any­way. When the Act to Mod­ern­ise Part­ner­ship Law (MoPeG) comes in­to ef­fect on 1 Janu­ary 2024, com­pan­ies un­der civil law (GbR) will like­wise be sub­ject to the re­quire­ment to be re­gistered in the trans­par­ency re­gister, if they choose to be entered in the com­pany re­gister.In ad­di­tion, the cases in which for­eign pur­chasers of Ger­man real es­tate must re­port in­form­a­tion on their be­ne­fi­cial own­ers to the Ger­man trans­par­ency re­gister have been con­sid­er­ably ex­ten­ded. Trans­ition peri­ods Trans­ition peri­ods that de­pend on the spe­cif­ic leg­al form ap­ply to as­so­ci­ations which still be­ne­fit from no­tion­al no­ti­fic­a­tion un­der sec­tion 20 (2) of the GwG on 31 Ju­ly 2021. Re­gis­tra­tion in these cases must be sub­mit­ted to the trans­par­ency re­gister for­AG, SE and KGaA by 31 March 2022,GmbH, eG, SCE, PartG by 30 June 2022,All oth­er as­so­ci­ations sub­ject to trans­par­ency re­quire­ments (in­clud­ing OHG and KG) by 31 Decem­ber 2022.In these cases, fail­ure to re­gister will also not be con­sidered an ad­min­is­trat­ive of­fence for one year after ex­piry of the ap­plic­able trans­ition peri­od.Com­pan­ies that pre­vi­ously wrongly as­sumed no­tion­al no­ti­fic­a­tion in ac­cord­ance with sec­tion 20 (2) of the GwG, or did not re­gister their be­ne­fi­cial own­ers for oth­er reas­ons, do not be­ne­fit from the trans­ition­al ar­range­ments and are re­quired to re­gister as usu­al without delay. Trans­ac­tions in­volving real es­tate loc­ated in Ger­many For­eign as­so­ci­ations/trusts that have not already sub­mit­ted in­form­a­tion on their be­ne­fi­cial own­ers to an­oth­er re­gister op­er­ated by an EU Mem­ber State will in fu­ture be ob­liged to re­port this in­form­a­tion to the Ger­man trans­par­ency re­gister if they ac­quire a prop­erty loc­ated in Ger­many, in the fol­low­ing cases:Ac­quis­i­tion by way of an as­set deal,Ac­quis­i­tion by way of a share deal with­in the scope of sec­tion 1 (3) of the GrEStG, i.e. at least 90% of the shares in a com­pany that owns a Ger­man prop­erty are merged by the for­eign as­so­ci­ation or are trans­ferred to it,Leg­al trans­ac­tion with­in the mean­ing of sec­tion 1 (3) a of the GrEStG, i.e. the leg­al trans­ac­tion res­ults in the for­eign as­so­ci­ation hold­ing an own­er­ship in­terest of at least 90% in a com­pany that owns a Ger­man prop­erty.In this con­text, it should be noted that not­ar­ies are pro­hib­ited from not­ar­ising trans­ac­tions of this type if the for­eign as­so­ci­ation has not com­plied with its no­ti­fic­a­tion ob­lig­a­tion (sec­tion 10 (9) sen­tence 4 of the GwG). There are no trans­ition peri­ods in this re­spect. Ac­tion needed Ac­tion is re­quired for all new en­tit­ies es­tab­lished or re­gistered from 1 Au­gust 2021 on­ward. The in­form­a­tion on be­ne­fi­cial own­ers must be re­por­ted to the trans­par­ency re­gister without delay; the trans­ition peri­ods do not ap­ply to newly es­tab­lished en­tit­ies. In gen­er­al, the amend­ment to the law provides an op­por­tun­ity to sub­mit miss­ing re­ports; re­gis­tra­tions that have already been sub­mit­ted should be re­viewed for ac­cur­acy and to see wheth­er fur­ther in­form­a­tion is re­quired (e.g. ad­di­tion­al na­tion­al­it­ies). If no­tion­al no­ti­fic­a­tion still ap­plies on 31 Ju­ly 2021, the trans­ition peri­od should be used to pre­pare for re­gis­tra­tion in the trans­par­ency re­gister. Re­gistered as­so­ci­ations (ein­getra­gene Ver­eine) should re­view the auto­mat­ic entries in the trans­par­ency re­gister with re­gard to their ac­cur­acy.In ad­di­tion, as­so­ci­ations sub­ject to trans­par­ency re­quire­ments must in fu­ture check and, if ne­ces­sary, up­date their re­gis­tra­tion in the trans­par­ency re­gister if there are any changes in­volving their (no­tion­al) be­ne­fi­cial own­ers (for ex­ample, change of share­hold­ers or man­age­ment). Lastly, in the case of trans­ac­tions with for­eign pur­chasers, it is im­port­ant to check in good time wheth­er this in­volves a prop­erty loc­ated in Ger­many, with the res­ult that the rel­ev­ant in­form­a­tion would need to be re­gistered in the trans­par­ency re­gister. Giv­en that not­ar­ies are pro­hib­ited from not­ar­ising trans­ac­tions if the rel­ev­ant in­form­a­tion is not re­gistered, this point should also be cla­ri­fied with the not­ary in ad­vance.We would be happy to as­sist you in identi­fy­ing be­ne­fi­cial own­ers and re­gis­ter­ing the rel­ev­ant in­form­a­tion with the trans­par­ency re­gister. Please feel free to get in touch at any time.
13/07/2021
Fu­ture of Work
This guide helps you find an­swers to es­sen­tial ques­tions about mo­bile work­ing.
08/07/2021
Not­ari­al ser­vices in Ber­lin and Frank­furt / Main
Your not­ari­al ser­vices team Many leg­al trans­ac­tions in­volving cor­por­ate law and real prop­erty law re­quire cer­ti­fic­a­tion by a Ger­man not­ary pub­lic. The pur­pose of not­ar­isa­tion is to en­sure that these...
29/06/2021
FAQ – Claims of par­ents where child­care is re­quired as a res­ult of the...
Work­ing par­ents have been fa­cing nu­mer­ous is­sues with in­suf­fi­cient child­care since the be­gin­ning of the coronavir­us pan­dem­ic: ini­tially, day­care centres and schools closed in spring 2020. For the most...
22/06/2021
Man­aging Sup­ply Chain Risk
The pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights and the en­vir­on­ment is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly im­port­ant ele­ment of the pub­lic dis­course on sus­tain­ab­il­ity and ESG (En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial, Gov­ernance).Moreover, cor­por­ate...
21/06/2021
DiGi POD – The pod­cast series on trend­ing com­pet­i­tion law de­vel­op­ments
Our pod­cast series DiGi POD has been cre­ated to provide a plat­form for our cli­ents, com­pet­i­tion law ex­perts as well as com­pet­i­tion law en­thu­si­asts to stay up to date on the de­vel­op­ments and trend­ing top­ics in con­nec­tion with com­pet­i­tion law.
17/06/2021
CMS Real Es­tate Glob­al Bro­chure
Glob­al­isa­tion, polit­ic­al tur­bu­lence, changes in urb­an liv­ing pat­terns, in­creased di­git­isa­tion, shift­ing con­sumer be­ha­viour and flex­ible work­ing are just some of the is­sues that are trans­form­ing the de­mands...
16/06/2021
FAQ on short-time work (Kur­z­arbeit)
Con­tents What does “short-time work­ing” mean?How can short-time work­ing be in­tro­duced?How long can short-time work­ing be im­ple­men­ted for?What are the leg­al con­sequences of short-time work­ing?What...
16/06/2021
CMS European Class Ac­tions Re­port 2021
First re­port on the true pic­ture of European class ac­tion risk, a key con­cern for ma­jor cor­por­ates 
14/06/2021
En­ergy Trans­ition: The evolving role of oil & gas com­pan­ies in a net-zero...
After an ex­traordin­ary year of health and eco­nom­ic chal­lenges, the glob­al oil and gas sec­tor has an es­sen­tial role to play in the eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery. The same could how­ever be said of any eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery and ex­pan­sion over the past 100 years – dur­ing this time oil and gas com­pan­ies have provided most of the primary en­ergy that has fuelled huge eco­nom­ic growth. But this time does look dif­fer­ent. The oil and gas sec­tor will power eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery not just through oil and gas ex­plor­a­tion and pro­duc­tion, but also (and per­haps counter-in­tu­it­ively to some) through fa­cil­it­at­ing the trans­ition to a lower-car­bon eco­nomy and even­tu­ally a net zero fu­ture. This re­port presents a wide-ran­ging re­view of the role of oil and gas com­pan­ies in that fu­ture.
14/06/2021
State aid op­tions for un­der­tak­ings dur­ing the coronavir­us crisis in Ger­many...
Dur­ing the coronavir­us crisis, State aid is a way for un­der­tak­ings to ob­tain li­quid­ity. State aid can be gran­ted by all pub­lic sec­tor bod­ies, in­clud­ing loc­al au­thor­it­ies.In­di­vidu­al grants of State aid...