International tax planning - The acquisition of a Dutch shelf company

Last updated: 18-01-2006

Instead of incorporating a BV, you may prefer to acquire a shelf company.

A shelf company is an empty BV, which may or may not have been involved in previous business transactions.

Buying a shelf company does require a notarial deed, but the transfer procedure is less complicated and time consuming than the incorporation procedure of a new BV. Consent of the Ministry of Justice (certificate of no objection) is in general not required, unless it concerns a BV not older than one year.

The advantage of buying a shelf company is usually the time factor. Technically a shelf company can be acquired in one day. The disadvantage is that shelf companies are sold with a premium which makes the acquisition of a shelf company in general more expensive than incorporating a new BV.

We do emphasize that shelf companies have a financial, legal and tax history. Sometimes shelf companies are offered for sale, which have been involved in previous business activities. We therefore recommend a cautious approach.

We have access to various parties in the market who offer shelf companies for sale. If you require more information, please feel free to contact us via e-mail or to call us at our office at +31 (10) 2010466.

What can we do for you ?

Selecting appropriate offers in the market place
Mediation in the acquisition process
Advice on the appropriate procedure to buy a Dutch shelf company
Tax advice about the use of a shelf company  
Due diligence
Assist in contract negotiations with the seller
Handle the share transfer procedure
Monitoring the sales process
Advice on corporate law and tax issues linked to the shelf company
Deal with registration requirements
Deal with future tax compliance matters