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Welcome to the 2nd episode of our special covid19 coverage for the German startup scene. This is a special issue with an attorney at law Tim, focusing on special legislation in Germany for the shutdown of public life and the consequences for a business.

Our Guest

Tim Wullbrandt (Attorney at Law)

Article by Tim (German) about the new legal rules:

Neue Gesetze wegen Corona-Krise – was ändert sich?


Our Scope

Everything we discuss here only holds true in GERMANY since is focused here. The rules, laws, and regulations do not apply anywhere else.


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Jörn “Joe” Menninger / Twitter  / LinkedIn / Video Interview (2018)


Keep in mind, there are many people out there looking for help AND THERE WILL BE SCAMMERS, so validate your sources, start from associations and government pages. Be wary of potential scams. 

  • There is an explicit warning on the official portal for insolvency filings in Germany – Insolvenzbekanntmachungen


Normal insolvency filings and proceedings

  • Reasons for insolvency
    • Insolvency / Illiquidity
    • Imminent illiquidity (time frame unclear)
    • Overextension, you have more depth than assets
  • Insolvency application
  • Examination of application
  • Opening of insolvency proceedings


Upfront tax payments / prepaid taxes

Shareholder loans


Special about this situation with Covid19, as of March 2020

Here is the link to the current bill/draft law on the homepage of the German Federal Ministry of Justice


Under certain conditions, there is no obligation to file for insolvency until September 30th, 2020.

There is a restriction for termination of rental contracts (think offices)

There is also relaxation for decision making for legal entities

⇒ Talk to your lawyer about it!


The Video Interview (published March 24th)


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Further readings and helpful links

  • This is the only reliable English source we could find so far: SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19: Collected Best Practices of the German Startup Scene – German Startups Association

They launched a specific website” The Startup Corona Handbook”


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