Find out about our legal expertise to starting your Start Up in the Netherlands

Legal advice & affinity with technology


Do you have a tech Start Up or Scale Up? Do you want to convert a sole trader to a general partnership or a limited liability company? Do you want to start in the Netherlands and then roll out to other countries within the European Union or even internationally?

Our corporate lawyers are ready for you! We have an affinity with technology and can provide you with practical legal advice. In addition, we can help you with drawing up specific general terms and conditions for your Start Up company. We can also act as a legal sounding board for a web store that delivers to consumers or companies outside the Netherlands.

Several world wide Start Up companies now choose The Netherlands as their base. This move allows them to maintain their access to the European market.

Solving all legal issues for a succesfully Start Up

Yet every starting entrepreneur cannot escape legal support. Do you know when your trade name causes legal problems? Does your company have the right business form? Does your website have a “privacy policy”? Are you aware of what rights a consumer has? How do you protect your intellectual property rights? And what rights and obligations does your employee (s) have (or have)? Questions that are important for your (starting) company to grow into a success.

We like to think along with you and your company. We are happy to provide solicited and unsolicited advice on a wide range of topics that you as a starting entrepreneur have to deal with. We regularly give workshops to keep you informed of important and current topics.

Our services for every Start Up

We offer legal services in a low-threshold manner to startups who have been traveling for less than five years.  Moreover, we offer starting entrepreneurs:

Examples of questions you can ask a corporate lawyer are:

  • What about directors’ liability?
  • What about relevant European regulations for my company?
  • How can I protect my brand or idea?
  • How can I apply for a patent?

Your Start Up lawyer

mr Rolf Peter Rothuizen LL.M.

Expert in Business Law, Company Law and Tax Optimisation


Tel:    +31 20 697 4000
Mob: +31 6 50 87 48 38

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Why will RPS LEGAL make a success of your
Start Up company?

RPS Legal is your service company setting up a branch office or legal entity in The Netherlands. We are well informed about the legal, tax and accounting procedures related to Start Up companies.

We are fully involved in processes to manage the legal issues of your Start Up company byt providing specialised lawyers, tax advisors or other consultants. 

As international law firm we are accustomed working for clients located in different time zones. Always available when you need urgent assistance.

Why do Start Up companies specifically choose for RPS Legal?

Residence and work permit new employees

Before you are able to start your own business in the Netherlands, you need to fulfill the conditions to be allowed to stay and work in the Netherlands.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will receive the same benefits as Dutch citizens and won’t need to obtain a residence permit or work permit in the Netherlands. Our short lines with the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service) ensure a fast immigration settlement.

Legal contracts of all kind: employee, partnerships, etc.

The purpose of this Start-Up Pack is to provide the key legal issues that are likely to be relevant to Start Ups at your stage of their development. Like a a subscription and shareholders’ agreement, a standard employment contract, a tax checklist and a checklist of regulatory restrictions.

Ensuring that your business is protected at the outset to achieve your full business and market potential.

Intellectual property and trademarks

Intellectual property rights are a core asset of many small businesses. Trademarking your business name and/or logo protects your brand and ensures that another company can’t start selling similar products with the same or similar name.

With intimate knowledge and expansive networks in tech, fashion, lifestyle and food, we understand the needs of entrepreneurs in these industries.

Assistance in finding office space

Creating office space that will help achieve your success RPS Legal offers a unique space management service, designed to help its clients navigate the life-cycle of their office space needs.

We recognize the complexities associated with finding the right office, planning the office set-up and managing the office, all while running their business.

Set up a Dutch Limited Liability Company

The Dutch BV (besloten vennootschap) is the most popular entity to be used as a financing, holding or royalty company in international structures. The Dutch BV is comparable to the American Limited Liability Company, or the German GmbH.

Setting up a Dutch Limited Liability Company is ideal for entrepreneurs who want to establish or continue a business in The Netherlands.

Assistence in opening Dutch bankaccount

There are several large banks. Most notably ABN AMRO Bank, Rabobank and ING Bank. We can register your company in just a few days assisting you with all the required practical aspects, such as opening up Dutch checking accounts.

We are able to prepare a power of attorney allowing a particular person to open and to manage an account on behalf of business owners who cannot be present in the Netherlands.

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