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The Dutch sector of horticulture sets global trends, supplies markets worldwide and leads in innovative technologies for greenhouse cultivation. Holland is the undeniable leader on the international market of plants, plant reproductive material, cut flowers and bulbs, and is rated third for its export of nutritional products of horticulture. The country is in the centre of a global network for decorative trees, bulbs, floriculture and fruit and vegetable production.

In case you are considering incorporating a business in the field … Read more

Many enterprises and companies treat intellectual property as a significant asset. The rights related to it – copyrights, trademarks, patents – often prove to be more profitable in comparison to physical assets. Therefore, it is important for corporations to develop adequate strategies with respect to their intellectual property in order to guarantee the best use and protection of their assets. The present brief overview provides information on the major rights relevant to intellectual property and their protection under the law … Read more

In the Netherlands, a subsidiary is a normal company – a separate legal entity with share capital partially or fully owned by an international company. This is an important difference from the Dutch branch – an entity that is more strongly linked to its international founder.

The international company established abroad can control its subsidiary in Holland, but, in contrast to the situation with branches, it does not carry full liability for the Dutch subsidiary’s debts, obligations and actions. The … Read more

Corporate Law in the Netherlands, also called “Company Act”, is the major source of statutory regulations and rules for company incorporation and management.

The law lists the different types of companies that can be incorporated in the Netherlands and the rules pertinent to the procedure of establishment. It covers the compliance, taxation and management of corporations, and the procedures in cases of bankruptcy, merger and company acquisition.  The document also stipulates the allocation of responsibility and power within companies.… Read more

Business expansion may prompt investors to consider changing the types of their companies. There are many reasons to make such a decision: better recognition on the market, less liability and increased access to funds.

The initial choice of company type is largely dependent on the amount of available capital and the business opportunities at the time. The first step often is to set up a small business. In time the investors will decide whether to upgrade to another type of … Read more

The Netherlands is among the largest providers of chemical services and products in Europe. The necessary materials are readily available or easily accessible, while the extensive national network for transportation facilitates travel on the continent and overseas.

If you are interested in establishing a company in the chemical industry of the Netherlands, please do not hesitate to contact our local incorporation agents. They will provide you with further information on company establishment and investment opportunities in the country.

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If you are an owner of a Dutch business but at some point, you become unable to cover your company’s debts, you may petition for bankruptcy in front of the Dutch court. For this purpose, you need to fill out a form (in Dutch) either personally or on behalf of the company that you represent. The application can be submitted without hiring a lawyer.

Creditors filing for bankruptcy

If your company has more than two creditors, they may hire a … Read more

Characteristics of the Dutch Professional Partnership

In the context of the Dutch law, the “maatschap” or professional partnership is different from the other forms of partnership (general and limited) as it represents a cooperation of professionals, e.g. accountants, physicians, lawyers, dentists or accountants, and its main goal is not the joint performance of business activities. The partners in this form of cooperation are called “maten”. Each “maat” participates in the partnership by contributing personal assets, effort and/or capital. The … Read more

Franchising is a contractual mechanism through which an entity (franchisor) issues a paid license for use of its business practices and systems and/or its commercial name to another entity (franchisee).

Dutch laws on franchise agreements

The Dutch legislation does not address franchise agreements specifically, so the general provisions of the law on contracts and competition applies. Franchising agreements are usually complex and are therefore concluded in writing. One should consider the following common principles when preparing a franchise agreement under … Read more

When registering a Dutch company investors have the option to set up either a branch or a subsidiary.

The particular circumstances regarding the interests of the international firm may definitely determine the final choice of legal entity. However certain aspects have to be considered when choosing between a Dutch subsidiary and a Dutch branch.

The general characteristics of Dutch subsidiaries and branches are listed below.

Dutch branches

Branches are permanent establishments forming single entities with the international companies that register … Read more