How many shareholders are required to set up a limited company?

A limited company may be incorporated by one or more ‘incorporators’, being either individuals and/or legal entities. One single individual or entity alone, whether Dutch or foreign, may be the only incorporator and full Board of Management at the same time; no secretary is needed.

If there is only one shareholder, this fact will not entail personal liability, but his name will be registered as such in the Certificates of Registration of the company, issued by the Trade Register. Each incorporator shall contribute to the initial capital for a certain number of shares.

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