In Holland, a joint venture is an agreement between at least two companies to unite resources in order to pursue a common commercial goal. Each company keeps its identity and carries liability for the losses and profits of the venture.

The investors involved in the creation of a Dutch joint venture first have to establish two companies in the Netherlands. Joint ventures are not specifically regulated for business arrangements of this type. Still, the companies forming the venture must comply … Read more

International companies that do not reside in Holland can advertise their business interests and establish a presence in the country by opening a representative (liaison) office. According to the national law liaison offices are not classified as legal entities, since they do not function and exist independently; they are fully subordinated to and dependent on the international corporations that have established them in Holland.

Generally, international companies are interested in settling liaison offices in Holland for the purposes of marketing … Read more

The present article considers the steps leading to company mergers or acquisitions in Holland. One such step is an investigation called “due diligence” (or DD). It aims to elucidate the actual state of the respective company.  DD allows for the assessment of potential risks with the aim to inform the final decision about the transaction and also to adjust the purchase conditions.

Agreement of confidentiality / non-disclosure

During the negotiation phase of merger and acquisition the parties often sign an … Read more

Foreigners residing in the Netherlands can either work for local businesses or establish their own companies. For the past few years people increasingly choose the second option, relying on the governmental support for start-ups.

One of the profitable businesses foreigners can establish in the Netherlands is shops. There are not many requirements to be fulfilled or licenses to be obtained. One significant advantage is the possibility to stock shops with quality products delivered from local manufacturers and producers. This is … Read more

If you intend to start a business on the European continent, you have to choose a suitable country to begin with.  Europe includes 44 countries (28 members of the EU) of various sizes, languages and levels of economic development. You might consider the Netherlands as a good place to establish your European business. The five main reasons why you should are listed below.

  1. English will do everywhere

Regardless of the part of Holland you are in, the locals will speak … Read more

According to the legislation on the types of investment vehicles that can be registered in Holland, these structures may be established as investment companies or funds. Investors intending to go through the procedure for starting a fund can register their vehicles as closed- or open-ended forms of business.

Legal entities applicable for investment funds in the Netherlands

The Dutch legislation relating to investment funds includes various acts concerning the different regulated vehicles. To give an example, funds with a closed … Read more

The procedures for appointment and dismissal of staff are partially covered by the Civil Code of the Netherlands and partially clarified by the judicial system. It is relatively easy to employ staff, but it may prove tricky to dismiss employees.

Employment contracts under Dutch law

The Dutch law on employment does not require a contract in written form. However, it is advisable to conclude written contracts with your employees to avoid discussions about the arrangements. It is good to start … Read more

The flourishing city of Utrecht is famous for being creative, healthy, talented and smart. Its residents, knowledge institutes, local authorities and companies work in collaboration to achieve social sustainability. This is the ideal location for establishing a business, thanks to its central position on the map, accessibility, favourable business atmosphere and highly qualified workforce. Furthermore, Utrecht offers various office and business locations in its historic inner part and its innovative Science Park.

One of the most competitive regions in Europe

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The Netherlands has a rare combination of characteristics that encourage international investments and form the country as a competitive and highly popular business centre.

Holland is strategically located in Western Europe, allowing investors to establish suitable bases for their shipping and trade operations. Furthermore, the outstanding infrastructure and accessibility make the country an extremely popular destination for European, American and Asian investors who have opted for setting up an office in the Netherlands.

Advantageous taxation principles

The tax system in … Read more

A Netherlands-based company may decide to sell shares due to the expansion of the business or as a plan to accumulate larger income. The acquired capital may be directed towards debt repayment or reinvestment in the business.

A Dutch company can sell or transfer shares only in accordance with the provisions of the Association Articles. Share transfers also require the preparation of notarial deeds. Companies can become public by entering the stock market and offering shares publicly. Only certain company … Read more