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How to set up a company in the Netherlands?

Set up, restructuring and maintenance of holding and finance companies and other special purpose vehicles in the Netherlands is ABiLiTieS Trust's core activity. Also assistance to newly arrived businesses in the Netherlands is a specialty. 

The incorporation of a Dutch limited liability company (BV) or foundation (Stichtingis a very straightforward process. The deed of incorporation can be executed by a notary on the basis of a power of attorney. The registration of the new business at the Dutch trade register takes place within a day. 

The full set up and registration proces of a BV can be executed in one or two days. In our experience the incorporation process takes around two weeks as also information and documents shall be collected.

The incorporation package contains a shareholders register, an extract of the trade register and the company's deed of incorporation which includes articles of association. The company's deed of incorporation will be provided together with an office translation into English language.

Contact us for a fee quote and a step plan for the set up of a limited liability company or foundation. You will receive a fee quote within 24 hours.

Incorporation/Set up package fee

A set up package for a holding company (a BV) with standard articles including notarial expenses, the client acceptance process and assistance with bank account opening is estimated at € 3.500, ex. VAT, one time. 

In case of solely assistance with the formation, the fee for incorporation and the notary shall be lower. 

Which Dutch legal forms are used?

Most common legal form in the Netherlands nowadays for holding, finance, royalty and operational activities is the private limited liability company (BV = Besloten Vennootschap). Under Dutch law there is a high level of flexibility for the BV. For example more than for the NV (NV = Naamloze Vennootschap). 

A BV should have a board of directors existing of at least one director and a general meeting of at least one shareholder. A BV may also have a board of supervisory directors. In case of good governance of the BV the shareholders, board members and supervisory directors can  not be held liable for the debts of the BV.

Which taxes apply?

For a pure holding company in general solely a requirement for filing of corporate income tax returns and potentially dividend withholding returns will exist. For operational businesses also the need to file for other taxes such as value added tax and wage tax will apply.

Useful links:

Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency with information on investing in the Netherlands

I amsterdam with information for companies interested in the Amsterdam region