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Company Types Netherlands

Contributed by Intercompany Solutions
August 7, 2017

A Dutch BV (Limited Liability Company) is registered with a minimum capital of €1, in line with the recent amendments to Company Law. It is necessary to establish a Governing Board and Headquarters in order to satisfy the "substance" requirement laid out in the national regulations. To incorporate a Netherlands BV company takes about 3 working days, however, there is an expedited process to incorporate in 1 working day instead.

If you wish to incorporate a Dutch B.V. with the intention to register a future Holding, you may need a local trust for assistance.

The Public Liability Company is appropriate for substantial investors and needs a minimum capital of €45 000. The Board of Shareholders makes the management decisions, while the Managing Board is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business. The Dutch NV is most commonly used for stock exchange listed corporations.

General Partnership is suitable for companies of at least two partners with identical economic objectives united under one name. All partners have unlimited liability with respect to the entity's debts. Each partner has a share of the profits and, in contrast to the Dutch B.V., is not obligated to deposit a minimum capital. In the case of outstanding debts that cannot be repaid with company funds, the creditors may take the personal assets of any partner.

The Limited Partnership is a different form of business relationship between two or more partners. One of them, the general partner with unlimited liability, is responsible for the management of the company. The other partner is "silent", delivers capital to the company and his liability is limited to the contributions he makes.

The Professional Partnership includes at least two partners, each of them responsible for his own claims. This type of entity is more suitable for exercising a specific profession, rather than for business operations.

Foreign companies planning to open a Branch / Subsidiary in the country have to provide the new entity's capital (for Dutch Subsidiary) and are liable for the entity's activities (for Dutch Branch).

How To Open A Company In The Netherlands?

In order to register a company, you need to prepare and submit the following documents: memorandum of association, specimens of signatures, specific registration forms and copies of the personal identification documents of all partners and managing directors. The setup procedure requires a notary to sign and analyze the acts. You also need to open a bank account in the Netherlands. Furthermore, after the registration, you will need to have an accountant.

Our team provides accounting services in the Netherlands and other EU countries.

Company Registration Step-By-Step

Prior to registration, you need to check at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce whether the name of the company you want to open is unique. If so, you can reserve the name and request a certificate. Then you have to deposit the capital required for the particular entity via a Dutch bank account. After that, you can legally notarize the entity's document of incorporation, prepared and signed by a notary.

All paperwork related to the newly established company needs to be forwarded to the Chamber of Commerce. You will receive a registration number in several hours if you deliver the documents in person. In case you send them by post, the procedure can take a week. An announcement of the successful registration will be published in the Government Gazette (Staatscourant); this is a responsibility of the Chamber.

Then you must obtain a tax number by submitting a form to the respective local authorities. The registration for income tax requires a separate form. The forms can be obtained either from the Dutch tax authorities or their official websites. They must be filled in with the details of the company and its members.

After completing the registration of your company in the Netherlands, you need to secure the services of an accountant in charge of taxes, audits, and other financial matters.

In case you need a lawyer our agency can refer you to a local attorney for legal assistance with respect to your business operations. We can also make arrangements for a lawyer in another European country if you wish to register a company elsewhere in the EU.

The Dutch market

The Netherlands attracts foreign investors with its industrial and economic stability. The most developed branch in the country is the food sector. For the past decades, millions of traders from abroad have opened companies in the Netherlands supporting the sustainable growth of the national economy.

A third of all foreign investors open private companies mainly in the field of manufacture. Nevertheless, the industries of electrical machinery, engineering, construction, petroleum, chemicals, online business and IT are also thriving. The Netherlands is attractive for setting up a company thanks to its good relationships with many countries worldwide, including Belgium, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.


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