Shareholder and Board of Directors

As part of our short series on forming a US corporation, it’s important to understand the management structure, since there are significant differences between those structures in Germany (and many other countries) and the US. First, we’ll start with the shareholders and board of directors. Shareholders The Shareholders are the owners of the company (Aktionäre)Continue reading “Shareholder and Board of Directors”

Obtaining your company’s US tax number

One of the most important steps in the formation of a new company is the application for an Employment Information Number (EIN, or also FEIN). The EIN is a unique nine-digit number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to business entities operating in the United States. Originally, the EIN was limited to reporting employment-relatedContinue reading “Obtaining your company’s US tax number”

Incorporating in the United States

A while ago, I wrote an article on choosing the state of incorporation for your US company. Now that you’ve decided where your company will be located (probably Delaware), the next step, of course, is to incorporate: First, you file a brief document (the Articles of Incorporation or, in Delaware, Certificate of Incorporation) outlining theContinue reading “Incorporating in the United States”

State of Incorporation

Europeans often think that they are catching up to the US, at least in terms of harmonized and consistent laws, but in many instances our system is actually more federalized than that of Europe. Whereas you can now form a European corporation, US corporations are formed under the laws of a particular state, rather thanContinue reading “State of Incorporation”