Transfer of Contracts under German Law
Keywords:transfer of contracts, succession, BGB, civil law, assignment of claims, assumption of debts, protection, DCFR
The paper analyses the historical development of the transfer of contracts under German Law, regarding the principle of succession for the assignment of claims and the assumption of debts and the influence of the German Federal Court of Justice on the transfer of shares in a company. It also provides a dogmatic framing of the subject and shows the prerequisites for a valid transfer of contracts under German Law. Additionally, the paper outlines the protection of succession in contract law and how the Draft Common Frame of Reference codified the transfer of contracts. Finally, the author argues for the statutory addition of a third variant, of private assumption of debt, which is effective without the creditor’s consent.