Insolvency registers - Germany
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This page provides you with a brief overview of the German insolvency register.
German insolvency register
The German insolvency register gives you access to the insolvency proclamations of all German insolvency courts, in line with Section 9 of the Insolvency Statute. This information is legally binding and publicly accessible.
The register is owned and maintained by the Bund-Länder-Commission for data processing and rationalisation of justice, represented by the Ministry of Justice of the Land North Rhine Westphalia.
Is access to the German insolvency register free of charge?
Yes, access to the German insolvency register is free of charge.
How to search the German insolvency register
The insolvency register is accessible only at the German insolvency register website. Where necessary, instructions on how to search are given on the website. Information is available only in German.
Please note that an unrestricted search in the data of all German insolvency courts is only possible in the first two weeks following the first day of publication. After this time you have to search for the place where the insolvency court sits and at least one of the following: surname, name of firm, place of establishment or residence of the debtor, insolvency court or registration office reference number, type of register, and registration number.
History of the insolvency register in Germany
The insolvency register website has provided information on insolvencies since 1 April 2002. Detailed information on the periods covered and the proceedings for which data are available can be found on the website.
The information refers to cases where the insolvency procedure is not yet completed. The data is deleted six months at the latest after the finalisation of the procedure.
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Last update: 16/04/2018