KNEPPELHOUT & KORTHALS: Dutch Corporate Law for International Investors02/28/2018
By Joost Vrancken Peeters – Partner, Attorney
Important changes in the business landscape are taking place in Europe and around the world. The Brexit is creating uncertainty for business. Companies serving the European market from the UK are now looking at an establishment on the European continent that can ensure the same unrestricted market access. At the same time, the OECD principles for taxation under the BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Guidelines are being implemented in tax jurisdictions. This forces internationally operating companies to assess the substance of the establishments in the various countries they work in, to ensure that they continue to comply with these guidelines.
The legal framework for foreign investment offered in various countries is an important factor for companies in selecting the most suitable location for their establishments. The Netherlands is home to an exceptionally large part of the regional headquarters and distribution centres of non-European companies serving the European market. One reason is that these companies find Dutch corporate law very suitable.