Company formation

in the Netherlands



Complete our Order Form and send us all the company information

Receive and approve the Formation Deed/company constitution

Visit the notary, or courier your legalized documents​

The process of starting a Dutch Company

Our Incorporation Officers can help you decide on the right type of legal entity, and provide basic tax and legal support without any extra charge, to start your company in the Netherlands.


Once the company has been incorporated, you can visit a Dutch bank to open a corporate bank account and apply for your Tax ID’s. INCO can assist you and you can expect a valid VAT number within 2 weeks!


Did you know, that the formation of a Dutch private limited company might not be necessary to obtain a VAT number or even a Business License? You can check out our Business Toolkit to find out more about the advantages of a ‘branch registration’ and obtaining a VAT number on behalf of a non-resident company.


Why start a company in The Netherlands

If someone wants to start a company in the European continent than The Netherlands ought to be the number one choice. This is true for companies of any size, and active in most industries.
Even if you are a relative small company (startup), and you don’t expect a lot of activity in the Netherlands for the first 12-24 months, you can easily start their company (low budget, and within 24 hours!) and have little bureaucratic affairs to worry about.

All government agencies and most companies in the Netherlands speak English, and we have a liberal attitude towards non-residents. In fact, the Dutch are not just ‘liberal’, in fact, we welcome overseas companies and expats with special tax incentives and easy access to funding programs. The Netherlands provides Entrepreneurs Visa’s for establish entrepreneurs and Startup Visa’s for promising & innovative startups.

INCO Business Group is a well established corporate service provider that can assist you with your whole process of company registration, as we have informed and assisted over 5.000 entrepreneurs and incorporated more than 1,000 legal entities since 2007. 


In case your company is expecting to increase its activities in the Netherlands as soon as possible, it’s important to know that The Netherlands has high-level ports, strategically located airports and a modern network of roads and highways. In fact, more than 170 million consumers are located within 24 hours of Amsterdam or Breda, making the Netherlands the perfect springboard into the European market.

Consider also Holland’s competitive corporate tax structure (reducing its corporate tax rates even more!), highly educated and multilingual workforce, well-developed supply chain and it’s clear why multinationals like Coca-Cola, Nike, Adidas, IBM, Huawei and Google choose the Netherlands.


What are the different types of companies

(legal entities) in The Netherlands?

The most commonly used company form in The Netherlands is the B.V. (Besloten Vennootschap) The B.V. is a so-called private Limited Company, which can be compared to the German GMBH, Belgium BVBA, UK LTD and French Sarl. In order to start a Dutch business, it’s important to decide how your corporate structure will look like, and which legal entity suits with your needs.

For example; an independent IT contractor might typically be looking to establish a sole proprietorship or a branch registration of his overseas company. Whereas a multinational which likes to attract multiple investors might opt for a Public Limited company such as the Dutch N.V.  For any type of business in between, the Dutch BV is typically a safe bet!

Most companies that enter the Netherlands, prefer to set up a Dutch B.V. The Dutch B.V. is a so-called Private Limited Company, and is suitable for a range of activities and different types of corporate structures. The Dutch B.V. can be incorporated by non-residents, and fully owned by non-residents. No capital or transaction restrictions are in place, which means it’s an ideal vehicle to perform your international business activities.




  • Share capital of at least 1 share of 0.01 cent (not required to pay up)

  • No local director/shareholder required

  • Limited Liability for the director

  • Incorporated by a Dutch public notary (typically within 1-2 working days)

  • Requires registration at the Chamber of Commerce


A Dutch Partnership can easily be established in the form of a so-called VOF (Vennootschap onder Firma). It’s not very usual to establish such a partnership, in order to perform international business activities, but it might be suitable in case of a local partnership or joint venture. The VOF can also be interesting to jointly own an asset in The Netherlands, such as real estate, although the C.V. is also a popular partnership-type for this purpose.  




  • At least two partners required, which can be corporate bodies

  • No local director/partner required

  • Unlimited Liability for the operational manager/partner

  • No minimum share capital

  • No notary required in the process to setup a Dutch VOF

  • Requires registration at the Chamber of Commerce


/Trust (Stichting)

The Dutch Foundation (Stichting) is a very interesting legal entity.  It has no ‘share capital, so it has no shares to issue. Due to itself-owning character,  the Dutch Stichting can be used as an ideal legal entity to operate an NGO or a charity organisation. In combination with a Dutch B.V., the Stichting is also known as the STAK, and used for asset management or estate planning purposes.





  • At least two partners required, which can be corporate bodies

  • No local director/partner required

  • Unlimited Liability for the operational manager/partner

  • No minimum share capital

  • No notary required in the process to setup a Dutch VOF

  • Requires registration at the Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands


Representative Office

A branch registration in the Netherlands can be interesting for entrepreneurs that already operate an overseas company. A branch registration in effect, is the registration of an overseas company, at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. This means that no separate legal entity is set up. Generally speaking, it’s easier to establish a branch, then a legal entity, because no public notary is involved in the process. Furthermore, the Company law of the overseas is applicable, which means that it’s not required to draft any Financial Statements based on Dutch law. 




  • No local capital deposit requirements

  • No local director/shareholder required

  • Limited Liability for the director

  • Overseas Company law applicable

  • Registration requirement (Chamber of Commerce) depends on situation


Things to consider before you start a Netherlands company

Before starting the process of forming a company in the Netherlands it is important to be familiar with some of the basic concepts around rules and practices related to the company registration process.

The best piece of advice that we can give you, is to give a call (or schedule a call, so we can call you!) to our Company Incorporation Consultants to discuss your situation and requirements. 

frequently asked questions

More information about forming a company in Netherlands

In this guide we have tried to give a non-legal and simplified overview of forming a company in the Netherlands. There are many industry specific requirements and regulations that we have not covered and we encourage you to look at the many industry specific articles that we have published in our Business Toolkit to start your company in the Netherlands.



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