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History of the Netherlands

The Netherlands is situated to the north of Belgium and has almost 17 million inhabitants. The nation is a member of the Benelux economic area and was a great colonial power, undergoing huge growth during its Golden Age in the 17th century. Today the Netherlands is the third most highly developed country in the world, according to the United Nations and one of the world’s 20 richest nations. The Netherlands is also one of the founding members of the European Union and the single currency.

The Netherlands as an Onshore Financial Services Destination

Although the Netherlands is not a low tax nation it does have an extensive network of carefully negotiated tax agreements which make it an ideal onshore destination for tax optimisation. We frequently advise the creation of a holding company in the Netherlands to take advantage of its excellent reputation and many international tax treaties.

Netherland’s Summary

Dutch law does not allow for the use of nominee shareholders though local companies may be wholly owned by a Special Purpose holding company in the UK which may, in turn, be held by a nominee. The law does not provide for nominee directors however we may be able to provide a company director subject to certain conditions.

Types of Companies in the Netherlands

Company incorporation in the Netherlands is a five-stage process which takes five days.

Legal Entity Capital Number of Members, Shareholders or Partners
Limited liability company (BV) EUR 18,000
One shareholder, limited liability.
Public limited company (NV) EUR 45,000
One shareholder, limited liability.
General partnership (VOF) Not Applicable Minimum of two partners, unlimited liability for debts and obligations, liability is joint and several.
Limited partnership (CV) Not Applicable Minimum of two partners, one general partner must assume unlimited liability but all limited partners enjoy limited liability.
Dutch branch of a foreign company
No capital required if the branch is registered with the Trade Register Dependent on parent company, which is responsible for the branch.


Link :
Trade register


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