Netherlands Company Formation

Netherlands Company Formation

Bermuda Exempt CompanyNetherlands BVBA Company Formation

A Dutch Besloten Vennootschap met Beperkte Aansprakelijkheid (BV / BVBA) is equivalent to a limited  company in the UK or a GmbH in Austria and Germany in that it is a legal entity which is separate and distinct from the individuals who run it. For sole traders and for people in partnerships, the individuals’ personal assets are at risk if there is a claim against the organisation but shareholders in a BV are liable to lose only the value of the share capital to which they subscribe.

Since the introduction of new company law legislation in October 2012, opening a Dutch BV has never been simpler. The government has removed obstacles such as a high share capital requirement and complex incorporation steps and, with a beneficial tax system, flexible business environment and a strong financial sector, incorporating in the Netherlands is very attractive for foreign investors and businesses.

Bermuda company formation nameCompany Name

The name can be in any language using the Latin alphabet but you may be requested to provide a Dutch or English translation to ensure your name abides by the regulations. Your company name must not be similar or identical to an existing name and must not be obscene or offensive, certain words are prohibited such as names suggesting the patronage of any government or country.

Bermuda company formation registered officeRegistered Office

A Dutch BV is required to have a registered address in The Netherlands where all official and tax correspondence will be served.

Bermuda Incorporation directorDirectors

A Dutch BV requires one person to act as the director; there is no nationality or residency restriction. Directors’ names are filed on the public register.

Bermuda company formation shareholderShareholders

A Dutch BV requires a minimum of one shareholder. A single shareholder’s name will become a matter of public record but, if more than one shareholder is appointed, the details regarding the identity of the individual shareholders are kept private. Nominee shareholders are allowed.

Bermuda company formation share capitalShare Capital

A Dutch BV has no minimum share capital requirement.

company formation filing requirementsFiling Requirements

A Dutch BV is required to file an annual return together with its financial statements with the Registrar of Companies by 31st July each year.

A Dutch BV should file a tax return with the Tax Authorities within six months from its tax year-end.

A Dutch BV is required to audit its annual financial statements unless it meets two of the following three criteria:

  • The company’s total assets are less than €6,000,000.
  • The company’s annual turnover is less than €12,000,000.
  • The company’s average number of employees is less than 49.

Bermuda company incorporation timescaleTimescale

The incorporation of a new company takes approximately 7 – 10 from the moment we have submitted the documentation

Bermuda company formation feesNetherlands Company Formation fees

Netherlands BV Company Formation – 5 days

  • Chamber of Commerce approval of name
  • Liaise with the local registrar and relevant authorities
  • Structuring the company as per your requirements
  • Prepare your Company Registration Forms
  • Drafting the Articles of Association / Statutes
  • File the documents with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce
  • Notarial Costs – £1300
  • Fiscal Registration for all taxes
  • Appoint the Directors
  • Preparation of the first minutes of Board Meeting
  • Initial Government licence fee payable on incorporation
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Production of Share holders register
  • All documents and certificates supplied in a professional folder
  • Delivery of documents by FedEx / DHL courier
Additional Services
Company Administration & Registered Office (required)£1500
Mail Forwarding Service (if required)£250
Company Secretary (if required)£550
Annual Renewal Fees
Company Administration

  • Provision of the Registered Office in the Netherlands
  • Compliance with local domicile requirements
  • Payment of Government Fees
  • Maintaining statutory records
  • Statutory Due-Diligence
  • 12 months basic consultation
  • Ensuring that your company is kept in good standing through payment of the annual government fee and filing of annual documents
Directors Register Maintenance£175

Your company will be incorporated using your chosen name and we will ensure that the procedure is as simple as possible.

The whole incorporation process can be completed online and we will administer the preparation and filing of all registration forms on your behalf.

Bermuda company incorporation proofProof of Identity

As part of our due diligence we require proof of identity in the form of a passport copy for all directors and shareholders of the company.

Bermuda Company formation travelTravel

A visit to the Netherlands is recommended  to incorporate your company.

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