Registration of a company is one of the key stepping stones in order to legally establish a business in the Netherlands
A company must be registered with The Trade Register of the Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands (Handelsregister). This registration must take place in the district where the company’s office address is situated, in other words its principal place of business. Registration must occur within eight days of the incorporation procedure of the company. The process itself requires a single fee payment, usually of 50 Euros.
This is dependent on the type of company intending to be registered. This mainly concerns the distinction between Pubic (NV) and Private (BV) limited liability companies. However, the documentation required does not differ substantially when taking this into consideration.
In order to fully register a company in the Netherlands, the following information must be provided:
Most of the details above are contained within the supplied Deed of Incorporation. Including, the name and purpose of the company, details of the company officials (including their authority) and a stipulated share capital for both paid in and issued shares.
These documents must be drafted and provided in Dutch for the purposes of registration. You must ensure that all documents are certified and up to date with all the current details of your company. A skilled lawyer, who is well versed in Dutch corporate law, is often required in the creation of these documents.
The deed of incorporation must be signed by the entities or individuals in the presence of a Dutch notary. Once this has taken place, the notary by effect then executes the deed and brings the company into legal existence, with all the entailing rights and obligations under Dutch company law.