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Starting a business in the Netherlands

Legal Forms of Companies

The BV (Besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheidi) is a Private Limited Company.
Number of partners: One or more. It can be constituted of several legal entities or individuals, and 1 shareholder for a BV proprietorship. At least one person on the board of directors must have Dutch citizenship.
Capital (max/min): EUR 0.01
Shareholders and liability: Liability of each partner is limited to the amount of capital contributed.
The NV (Naamloze Vennootschap) is a Public Limited Company.
Number of partners: One or more without limitation in the number of partners.
Capital (max/min): Minimum EUR 45,000. 20% should represent the subscribed amount and 25% the amount released at the incorporation
Shareholders and liability: Liability is limited to the amount of capital contributed.
The VOF (Vennootschap Onder Firma) is a general partnership.
Number of partners: Minimum 2 without limitation in the number of partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required.
Shareholders and liability: Partners' liability is joint and unlimited.
The CV (Commanditaire Vennootschap) is a limited partnership.
Number of partners: Minimum 2 without limitation in the number of partners. 2 types of partners: active partners and sleeping partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required.
Shareholders and liability: At least one active partners have an unlimited liability. Sleeping partners have a liability limited to the amount contributed.
Bijkantoor is a branch.
Number of partners: No legal entity, it depends on the status of the parent company.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital is required, if the branch is registered with the Trade Register.
Shareholders and liability: The parent company is liable for actions carried out by the branch except for management which is limited, joint and several.
 

Business Directories

Financial Information Directories
Dun & Bradstreet - Worldwide directory with financial information on businesses
Kompass Netherlands - Business directory for the Netherlands
KVK - Extracts or financial statements on Dutch companies

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Professional Associations

General Professional Associations
VNO-NCW - Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers
VNO-NCW - The Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers
MKB - Information Center for SMEs

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Business Setup Procedures

Setting Up a Company Netherlands OECD
Procedures (number) 4.0 5.2
Time (days) 3.5 9.5

Source: Doing Business - Latest available data.

 
The Competent Organisation
the Trade Register.
For Further Information
Consult Doing Business Website, to know about procedures to start a Business in Netherlands.
Trade Register

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