Netherlands Company Formations

Netherlands Company Incorporation

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 shareholders and directors.

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.

Netherlands Besloten Vennootschap (BV) Company Formation

Our standard Netherlands Company incorporation package includes all necessary documents:

  • 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
  • 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.

Company Directors

Only one director is required and may be of any nationality and residnecy. Non-EU citizens, will require a permit from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)  in order to start a company in the Netherlands. The names of directors are filed at the companies registry.

Company Shareholders

One shareholder is required for your Besloten Vennootschap (BV) company, there are no restrictions on nationality or residency. The shareholders of the company can be either corporations or individuals and can also be a director of the company.

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 B.V. 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.

Share Capital

There are no minimum share capital requirements.

Beneficial Owner Register

The partially public register of ultimate beneficial owners will (UBO) be introduced as part of the Trade Register of the Chamber of Commerce in January 2020, after which all newly registered companies will have to comply. 

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 a registered office service.

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.

Netherlands 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.

Netherlands Ready Made Besloten Vennootschap (BV)

Although Ready Made companies do exist in the Netherlands, due to recent changes in banking legislation they are extremely difficult to obtain in this jurisdiction.

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Netherlands Fees to Incorporate
  • Company Formation - £2100
  • Chamber of Commerce Fee - €50
  • Provision of Registered Office - £1500
  • Company Secretary recommended - £550
Netherlands Annual Maintenance Fees
  • Registered Office Fee - £1500
  • Company Secretary recommended - £550
  • Directors Register Maintenance - £175
Netherlands Advantages
  • Time - 2 - 3 weeks to incorporate your Netherlands company
  • 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
  • Visit - you are not required to visit the Netherlands to incorporate your company
  • Support - using our 20 years experience we guide you throughout every step of the company formation process
Required to Proceed
  • Company Name - We can check your company name is available
  • Passport - colour scan of your passport
  • Documents - copy of a utility bill, credit card or bank statement showing your private address
  • Start now - complete here
  • Upload - proof of address & copy passport can be uploaded here