Franchise Agreements in the Netherlands

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


The Difference Between a Dutch Branch and Subsidiary

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


The Netherlands: An Introduction

Why the Netherlands?

The central location of the Netherlands is one of the many assets that make the country perfect for setting up European and global offices. Holland has long been established as a main trading centre and is popular with its open economy. The country is highly developed and offers many opportunities to companies and people planning to stay or set up a business. There are also other important advantages to establishing a business in the Netherlands.

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Establishing a Dutch Company: Sole Proprietorship or BV?

It is easy to start a Dutch business, but every entrepreneur has choices to make. First of all, one must choose the legal entity that will operate the business; this determines the taxes he or she will have to pay. The main question is whether to register a sole proprietorship (one-man company or Eenmanszaak in Dutch) or a BV (limited liability company or besloten vennootschap in Dutch). Which one is better?

The difference between a sole proprietorship and a BV

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How To Open a Dutch Bank Account

Owners of businesses in the Netherlands, including non-residents and immigrants, have to open a Dutch bank account to manage their income and obtain access to different bank services.

Many Netherlands banks open corporate and personal accounts. Service packages can include the benefits of mobile and online banking, extra features and banking advice.

Opening a bank account in the Netherlands

Opening a corporate bank account is mandatory in order to set up a business in the Netherlands. The account is … Read more


Open a Trading Company in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of the main import/export locations in Europe. With its exceptional infrastructure and major ports, such as those in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, this country is a great place to set up a trading business. Those companies who engage in international trade will have easy access to Europe and the rest of the world because of the Netherlands’ particular geographical and infrastructural advantages.

Trading companies in the Netherlands

Trading companies engage in a wide variety of business activities, … Read more


Advantages of a Registered Office Address in Netherlands

The need for a registered office address in Netherlands has grown greatly in the past years as the law calls for a registered address to perform business in the country. The limited amount of space and increase of foreign investors have led to the need for virtual offices.

A hired corporate service provider can be used as the physical address for a company for all registration purposes. There are many advantages to using a registration address, here are a … Read more


Royalty Company Netherlands

Advantages to establishing a royalty company in the Netherlands

The main advantage of establishing a royalty company in the Netherlands is that the Netherlands does not levy withholding tax on royalties. The purpose of a royalty company in the Netherlands is to centralize and facilitate the licensing of international intellectual property rights (IP).

Intellectual property, such as a trademark, copyright or patent, grants a license to the royalty company based in the Netherlands for usage of the IP rights.

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Set up Dutch BV company

Entrepreneurs and international companies starting in the Netherlands generally incorporate limited liability companies, in Dutch ‘’Besloten Vennootschap’’ (B.V.)

The Dutch BV company is similar to the English Ltd. or The German UG company.  The Dutch BV is also the most common type of company structure for setting up a holding company in the Netherlands.

The main characteristics of the Dutch B. V. which are referred to in the law, are:

  • A share capital deposit, with a minimum of €1
  • The
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Nominee Director Netherlands

The formation of a Netherlands company starts with the drafting of the articles of association. The articles contain the internal regulations of the legal entity. Stipulated in these articles are the name(s) of the representatives of the company, its address, the name of the company, its capital and the information on shares and shareholders. In this article, we will explore the role of the nominee director for a Netherlands company.

The role of a nominee director

To establish a local … Read more