Netherlands Company Formations

Netherlands Company Incorporation

Your Dutch company can be incorporated with just one director and one shareholder with no restrictions placed upon the nationality of either.

The B.V. (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid) is the legal entity with limited liability most used for business in Holland.

The notary executes the deed of incorporation, the deed also includes the amounts of issued and paid-up share capital and the names of the incorporators, shareholders and directors. Acquiring a declaration of no-objection from the Ministry of Justice takes around 2 to 3 days for a normal application.

Our standard Netherlands Company incorporation package includes all necessary documents.

  • Time - only 5 days to incorporate your company
  • Directors - only one director of any nationality is required for your BV company
  • Shareholders - only one shareholder is required, of any nationality
  • Share Capital - there are no minimum share capital requirements
  • Tax - advantages for holding companies or trusts for asset protection and an excellent network of tax treaties
  • A BV does not require a Supervisory Board, as long as it employs less than 100 workers in the Netherlands
  • Support - using our 20 years experience we guide you throughout every step of the company formation process

Registration of companies and legal entities is mandatory under the Netherlands Commercial Registers Act [Handelsregisterwet]. The information that you provide during registration is entered into the Netherlands commercial register.

De Besloten Vennootschap in oprichting - BV i.o.

Before the company is incorporated, it can conduct business and enter into contracts. However, the company is not yet recognised as a distinct legal entity. Whilst in the establishing stage, the shareholders are still personally liable for all actions undertaken by their company.

Netherlands BV Company Formation

  • Chamber of Commerce approval of name
  • 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
  • Fiscal Registration for all taxes
  • Appoint the Directors
  • 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

Netherlands Company Name

Your company name may be in any language using the Latin alphabet. A request for a Dutch or English translation may be made by the Registry to ensure your name abides by the regulations. Certain words are prohibited such as names suggesting the patronage of any Government or country.


  • Directors may be of any nationality
  • Only one director is required


  • Shareholders may be of any nationality
  • Only one shareholder is required. This can be the same person as the director

A sole shareholder’s name will become a matter of public record, however, if more than one shareholder is appointed the details regarding the identity of the individual shareholders are kept private.


Shares in a B.V. may only be transferred by deed of transfer, executed before a Dutch notary - The BV must keep a shareholders’ register, which lists the names and addresses of all shareholders, the amount of shares they hold and the amount paid-up on each share.

Chamber of Commerce Number

We enter the company in the commercial register at the local Chamber of Commerce and obtain your registration number. Membership at the local chamber of commerce is mandatory, and their fees depend on the number of your employees.

Company Incorporation Documents

Once incorporated we provide a set of corporate documents for your Netherlands company which includes the Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum of Association the Articles of Association, first minutes and share certificates. Copies of the company incorporation documents are sent via email and the originals from the companies registry are sent to you in a corporate folder.

Registered Office

Your company must have a registered office, which must be a physical address in Netherlands - The registered office is where documents may be legally served on the company. We provide this registered office service.

Company Directors and Shareholders

  • Directors and Shareholders may be of any nationality
  • The names of directors and shareholders are filed at the companies registry
  • There is no requirement to appoint a Netherlands resident director
  • The shareholders of the company can be either corporations or individuals

A BV only requires one shareholder, who can be of any nationality.

Netherlands Company Formations

We can incorporate your Netherlands company, according to your specifications, please complete our enquiry form below:

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Netherlands fees to Incorporate
  • Time - 10 days to incorporate your Netherlands company
  • Company Formation - £1960
  • Registered Office Fee - £840
Netherlands Advantages
  • Directors - only 1 director of any nationality is necessary for your company
  • Shareholders - only 1 shareholder is required
  • Shareholders - 100% foreign shareholders allowed
  • Share Capital - there are no minimum share capital requirement
  • Support - using our 20 years experience we guide you throughout every step of the company formation process