The Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of the founding members of the European Union with a long history of involvement in international trade and finance globally, and in Asia in particular. The Netherlands, situated at the confluence of three major European rivers, has been an international centre for trade, banking and insurance for many centuries. Now major Dutch multinationals still play an important role in global manufacturing and trade. The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and the second largest in the world in terms of tonnages handled.

Its corporate and tax laws provide for interesting structures for use in international business and investment planning. The Dutch tax authorities understand the needs of international business to be able to work with clear and simple rules. If in doubt, businesses can apply for a ruling to clarify their situation.

We mainly uses the Dutch Foundation which is typical for the Netherlands (in Dutch called "Stichting"). The Stichting is like a company with limited liability but it has no shareholders. We generally structure Stichtings as operators of a pension fund with the client and/or people nominated by him / her as members. Additionally we structure Stichtings as a holder of shares or as shareholder of e company. Stichtings pay no tax except if they are in business. Investment of their capital as such is not regarded as a business.

The Netherlands has many Double Tax treaties and is an ideal location for the establishment of (intermediary) holding companies.

The Netherlands has strict rules on business and fully supports all activities of the international community to fight international money laundering etc.

Please contact us to obtain more information on Dutch Foundations and Companies.


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