There are several types of companies which can be established in the Netherlands, each with its benefits and advantages. One of the most sought advantages to owning a company nowadays is related to the confidentiality and secrecy it can offer. There are offshore destinations meant to offer such benefits, however, onshore destinations such as the Netherlands can also provide for similar advantages.
Those interested in having confidentiality while owning a Dutch company will usually be interested in having private shareholding in a business. There are several ways in which an investor can obtain private shareholding in the Netherlands.
Below, our Dutch company formation specialists explain how private shareholding works and how it can be achieved here. You can rely on us if you need assistance in setting up a Dutch LLC company which offers such advantages.
The Company Act is the main law which provides for the establishment of companies in the Netherlands, but it also provides for the regulations related to the information to be disclosed by the shareholders and company directors in such companies.
Under the law, a company must submit various information with the Trade Register annually. This information refers to:
Despite these regulations, confidentiality through private shareholding can be obtained in the Netherlands.
With a vast knowledge in the corporate law, our company registration specialists in the Netherlands can guide foreign investors who want to obtain private ownership in a local business.
There are several ways in which Dutch private shareholding can be ensured. Among these are:
Most of the times, the best way of ensuring private shareholding in a Dutch LLC company is by using the nominee services offered by specialized agents. Also, the transfer of shares can be easily made between a beneficial owner and an appointed shareholder.
Our company formation advisors in the Netherlands can help with nominee shareholder and director services which are ensured through specific service agreements and confidentiality clauses.
The Antilles and Curacao are two of the most important offshore destinations belonging to the Netherlands. Private shareholding here can be ensured by setting up offshore limited liability companies. These will operate under the rules of the Dutch Company Law, however, a higher degree of confidentiality is provided.
If you are interested in setting up a business in the Dutch Antilles or Curacao, you can reach out to our local specialists.
Special purpose vehicles, such as the STAK and the trust, can be created with the purpose of ensuring an adequate private shareholding. Even if most of the times these are used by high net worth individuals as estate planning solutions, they can also be employed by foreign investors interested in owning shares in companies and thus become private shareholders.
The creation of a trust in the Netherlands can help those interested in ensuring private shareholding not be included in the Ultimate Beneficial Owner Register operated at European level.
Private shareholding is possible in the Netherlands provided that the law is respected, and the right business form is selected. If you need assistance in having private ownership in a Dutch company, do not hesitate to contact our company formation representatives.