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Updated on Saturday 11th February 2017

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Foreign investors wanting to open a business in the Netherlands should first verify all the available types of entities and choose the best option according to their needs. Our  company registration agents in the Netherlands can help you select the right type of company. The Dutch Company Act allows both national and foreign businessmen to open the following types of companies:

  • - private limited liability companies (BV),
  • - public companies (NV),
  • - foundations,
  • - associations and cooperatives,
  • - general and limited partnerships.

Foreign enterprisers can also establish sole proprietorships, while foreign companies can set up branch offices in the Netherlands.

The Dutch private limited liability company (BV)

The private limited liability company or the Dutch BV is the most employed type of company in the Netherlands. According to the new Company Act, a Dutch BV does not require to have minimum share capital anymore. The Dutch BV must have at least one shareholder whose responsibility is limited to the amount invested in the company.

Public companies in the Netherlands

The Dutch public company (NV) is the legal form employed by those wanting to establish a company in order to be listed on the Stock Exchange. The minimum share capital for opening a public company in the Netherlands is 45,000 euros.

Dutch foundations

During the last years, the Netherlands has become a sought destination for opening a foundation. Dutch foundations can be established very easy, requiring a deed of formation drafted and notarized by a public notary. The Dutch foundation is one of the best tax minimization vehicles.

Associations and cooperatives in the Netherlands

Associations are usually established as non-profit organizations and are not required to register with the Dutch Trade Register. Cooperatives are associations that can pay dividends to their members.

Partnerships in the Netherlands

There are two types of partnerships foreign investors can open in the Netherlands:

  • - private partnerships,
  • - public partnerships.

The difference between the two types of companies resides in the liability of the partners regarding the debts and the obligations of the company. The partners in a general partnership are jointly and severally accountable for the company’s debts and obligations. In limited partnerships, there is a silent partner and a general one. The general partner will be held accountable for company’s debts with all his assets, while the silent partner will be liable only up to the amount invested. 
If you are intersted in the types of companies available in other countries, for example in Ireland, we can put you in touch with our Irish partners.

You can also watch this video for more information on the types of companies available for registration in the Netherlands:

If you want to open a company and need assistance with the registration procedure, please contact our company formation representatives in the Netherlands. Furthermore, if you are interested in setting up a company in another European country, like Slovakiaour partners can provide you with assistance. 



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