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Doing business in the Netherlands

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in the Netherlands.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in the Netherlands
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

Business.gov.nl
Official government portal developed by the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK) providing comprehensive English-language information for foreign entrepreneurs and startups. It offers resources on coming to the Netherlands, starting your business, running your business (including information on business taxes), financing your business, and ending your business. The website also includes a wide range of sector-specific guides with checklists and relevant rules and regulations for different businesses.

Netherlands company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Doing Business in the Netherlands 2019
Guide produced by PwC covering the benefits of investing in the Netherlands as well as the legal system for business start-up, taxation, employment law, requirements for accounting and audit.

International Business Guide: Netherlands
Guide on doing business created by HSBC. Sections cover conducting business, tax system, labour, audit, trade, finance, infrastructure. Published in 2019.

Doing Business in the Netherlands
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. This publication is current at January 2018.

Doing Business in the Netherlands
A business guide from Baker & McKenzie which helps companies understand the economic, legal and regulatory structures of the Netherlands. Published in 2018.

Netherlands: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in the Netherlands.

Exporting

On our Exporting to the Netherlands page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

European Commission: Corporate governance
Overview of current regulations and updates covering directors and board members, shareholders, employee share ownership, remuneration policies, transparency, and financial institutions. The page links to EU Directives, recommendations and proposals.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

The float guide: How to float a company on the Dutch Securities Exchange
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on the amicable phase, legal procedures, enforcement, insolvency proceedings and arbitration and mediation.

Forums and support networks

Kamer van Koophandel [Chamber of Commerce]
Independent organisation supporting entrepreneurs.

The Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce
A support network for promoting business and trade between the UK and the Netherlands.

Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA)
Part of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the agency provides assistance, advice and support to companies wishing to establish or expand operations in the region.

Enterprise Europe Network
Network created by the European Commission of business support organisations helping SMEs to gain access to the EU market.

Embassies and consulates

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in the Netherlands
Analysis of the business environment in the Netherlands, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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