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How to open a company in the Netherlands

Updated on Wednesday 28th September 2016

We are company formation agents based in Breda, the Netherlands. If you are interested in registering a firm in the Netherlands and start doing business in this country, please contact us right away for prices, conditions and paperwork. We offer you the possibility to be assisted by our representatives who will help you start your business as soon as possible. 

What kind of firms can you open in the Netherlands?
Dutch BV (limited liability company). This kind of company can be registered if you have a minimum share capital of 1 EUR, according to the Company Law recently changed. There are a series of requirements related to Board of Directors and local company headquarters, both being required for what the local regulations describes as “substance”.
If the businessmen who open a Dutch BV want to set up a Dutch Holding Company in the future, they will need the assistance provided by a local trust company. They can get these services through 
The General Partnership. This kind of business is for companies with two or more partners united under the same name and having the same economic objectives, with unlimited liability on the firm’s debts. They share the profits among them and they don’t have to present a minimum share capital, like for Dutch BV. The personal assets of each general member of the partnership can be taken by the creditors if there are debts that can’t be covered by the company funds. 
Dutch Limited Partnership. To register another form of partnership, the Dutch Limited Partnership, are necessary at least two partners - one general who has unlimited liabilities and takes the management decisions - and silent one who must deliver a capital to the firm and has his liability limited to his contribution.   
Professional Partnership is formed by two partners, at least, who are responsible for their claims. This kind of business is preferred for practicing a profession and not for business. 
Public Liability Company. This form of business is proper for large investments and it needs a share capital of 45,000 EUR. The general meeting of shareholders is in charge for management decisions. The board of managers will be responsible for daily decisions.  
Branches/Subsidiaries of foreign companies. The representatives of foreign firms who want to open a branch or subsidiary in Netherlands have to deliver the newly formed entity’s capital (in case of the Dutch Subsidiary) and hold liability for the newly formed company's activities (in case of a Dutch branch).
What is the procedure of opening a firm in Netherlands? 
If you decide to form a company in Netherlands, you have to draw up the articles of association and specimen signatures, fill in special forms and present copies of identity documents of  the shareholders and directors who will manage the firm. The Dutch company setup procedures require a public notary for signing and analyzing the acts. The businessmen should go to a registered office in the Netherlands and set up a bank account. Another step is hiring an accountant, after the company is registered. 
We can offer you accounting services also in other European countries, such as Romania, Spain, Dubai, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Russia etc.
The steps for registering a company in Netherlands
Before registering a company, the name of the new Dutch firm has to be checked at the Chamber of Commerce to see if it is unique. Then, the name can be  reserved and the investor will receive a certificate for that name. After that, he must open a bank account and deposit the minimum capital share. Next step is the notarization of the company’s deed of incorporation, signed and drafted by a notary.
The documents of the new firm will be submitted to the Chamber of Commerce which will provide a registration number in just a few hours, if the acts are delivered in person. This procedure may last a week if the documents are sent by post. The announcement of incorporation is made in the Netherlands Official Gazette (Staatscourant) and the process will be performed by the Chamber.
A tax number must be obtained, so the investors must submit a registration form at the local tax authorities. A separate registration form for income tax must be delivered. The necessary forms are obtained at the local tax authorities or on official websites and must contain the company's and member's information.
After you registered the firm in the Netherlands, the owner should hire an accountant for assistance with the taxes, audit and financial consultancy.  
If you need the services of a lawyer in the Netherlands, we can recommend you local attorneys who will provide you legal assistance during your business activities. We can connect you with lawyers all around Europe, if you want to set up a company in other countries. 
Economy overview in Netherlands 
Foreign investors choose to register a company in Netherlands due to the country’s stable industry and economy. The main industrial activity in the Netherlands is the food industry. Millions of foreign traders came to open a company in the Netherlands during the last decades, contributing to the economic growth of the country.
Almost one third of the foreign investors decided to set up a company in the Netherlands in the private sector, mainly the manufacturing sector. However, electrical machinery industry, as well as engineering products, chemicals, petroleum and construction are highly developed too. Nevertheless, the Netherlands is quite attractive for company formation due to its favorable relations with countries all over the world, especially Germany, Belgium, France and UK.




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