Netherlands Company Formation

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Company Formation in Netherlands


In order to register a company in the Netherlands, the following steps must be taken:

Firstly, a bank account where the start-up capital will be deposited must be opened. The client must present identification documents, such as passport copies, identification cards or driver license, a recent utility bill or a bank statement as proof of residential address and, if the client is a legal entity, the beneficial owner of the company must be referred to the Dutch bank.

The second step will be drafting the incorporation documents and notarizing them in front of a Dutch public notary. Representation is also possible through notarized power of attorney.

The last step for company incorporation in Holland will be filing all required documents with the Dutch Trade Register and obtaining a Dutch tax ID.  Dutch companies must have a local director and a registered office.

Any national or foreigner, individual or legal entity is allowed to be a shareholder or a director of a Dutch company. In order to obtain a tax ID number and become a Dutch company, the management board must be comprised of at least 50% Dutch residents.

BridgeWest provides company formation in the Netherlands. Our assistance includes:

-     - drawing up the articles of association that can be signed through power of attorney (Dutch laws require power of attorney for any public notary proceedings);

-      -  drawing up documents for company incorporation in Holland: specimen signatures, identification papers copies, application form required by the Dutch Company Registration Office;

-       - arranging public notary proceedings (all procedures for company incorporation are done in front of a Dutch public notary);

-    -  providing a registered office in the Netherlands on demand; the registered office serves as the headquarters for the company in the Netherlands and it will be made public;

-     -  setting up a bank account for the company in Holland; BridgeWest will help in setting up the share capital bank account, as well as a current bank account once the company is incorporated.

-   -  recommending a Dutch accountant, as accounting services are needed for new businesses in the Netherlands.

Types of companies in the Netherlands

-  Dutch limited liability company (Besloten Vennootschap - B.V.) – The requirements for a Dutch limited liability company are: to have at least one shareholder and one director, a registered office and a minimum share capital of 18,000 EUR. The shareholders of a limited liability company in the Netherlands are held liable for the company’s obligations and debts to the extent of their share contributions which is the reason why the Dutch BV is the most common type of company for foreign investors.

- Dutch joint stock company (Naamloze Vennootschap - N.V.) – The Dutch joint stock company requires a minimum share capital of 45,000 EUR, it must have at least one shareholder, a management board and a supervisory board. The Dutch NV is also required to have a registered office.

- Dutch General Partnership (Vennootschap Onder Firma - VOF) – Dutch general partnerships do not require a minimum share capital as they are not legal entities. The shareholders of general partnerships in Holland will be held liable both jointly and separately for the company’s debts and obligations to the extent of their personal assets.

- Dutch Branch, Subsidiary or Representative Office- Foreign companies are allowed to set up separate enterprises from the parent company, where the foreign company will be a shareholder in a Dutch company. Foreign companies can also open extensions of the parent company in the Netherlands.

Taxation in Netherlands

The corporate tax in Holland is 20% for the first 200,000 EUR and 25% for the amounts exceeding 200,000 EUR.

The standard VAT rate in Netherlands is 21%, but reduced rates of 6% apply to certain products.

The tax on dividends is 15%, while interests and royalties are no subject to any withholding taxes in Holland.

BridgeWest is also able to offer ready-made Dutch companies and VAT registration.

Contact us now for more information regarding how to open a company in the Netherlands and prices.

If you need legal services for opening companies in other countries, such as China, Georgia or Russia, you mai contact our local lawyers.

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Meet us in Amsterdam or Rotterdam

Call us now at +44 203 287 0408 to set up an appointment with our specialists in Amsterdam or Rotterdam. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Netherlands.

As a BridgeWest client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in Holland.