Company Register, computer database with central storage in the Bundesrechenzentrum (Federal Computing Centre) which replaced the Commercial Register (Handels- und Genossenschaftsregister). In addition to the Land Register, the Company Register is the most important source of information in the public interest, containing data on companies subject to commercial law and their assets. The Company Register is kept by the lower courts; private (online) access to the information in the Company Register (for example for notaries) is allowed.
Literature#H. Auer and C. Zib, Vom Handelsregister zum Firmenbuch, 1993.