The aim of this master thesis is to analyze the serialization patterns in verbal complexes containing a prepositional light verb construction that carries the main meaning in subordinate clauses. As verbal complexes with three or more verbs are quite rare, not only in spoken but also in written language, a large database was necessary to carry out the empirical study. Therefore, the corpus of the project ,Variantengrammatik des Standarddeutschen‘ which consists of regional newspaper articles and approx. 600 million word forms was used. The empirical study shows to which extent the serialization in verbal complexes consisting of three or more verb forms of which one is a prepositional light verb construction is subject to variation and which factors influence this phenomenon. Statistical analyses of the data show that variation occurs in the serialization in verbal complexes and is based on different factors: First of all, the finite verb form exerts an influence inasmuch as in verbal complexes with a finite werden-form, the order 3-2-1 with werden occupying the final position is the dominant serialization (88%) whereas in verbal complexes with a finite haben-form, this form tends to be in the first position in 91% of the verbal complexes. Furthermore, the verbal complexes with a finite haben-form show pluriareal variation to a certain extent. Interestingly, the occurrence of a prepositional light verb construction and the resulting additional complexity of the verbal complex do not seem to exert a great influence on the serialization pattern in three-verb complexes. However, the additional complexity caused by a prepositional light verb construction seems to be of significance in complexes with four verb forms, as the analysis of such verbal complexes shows.