Civilence is an Amsterdam based firm of civil-law notaries, specialised in corporate law. Under Dutch law, a number of legal activities are reserved exclusively for civil-law notaries. For example: incorporation of companies, transferring of shares in companies, merging companies and transferring of real estate. The civil-law notaries at Civilence work in virtually every area of corporate law.
Civilence has extensive experience and expertise in setting up, designing, maintaining, and altering complex corporate structures, whether it concerns new businesses (joint ventures and start-ups) or established companies, such as multinationals. Given the great importance of taxation aspects in this area, we often work in close partnership with tax specialists, while taking account of the interests of the various directly involved parties, such as shareholders, the management, and employees. In many cases financial considerations, corporate strategy, international aspects, and specific objectives will also play a part.
Civilence also has a great deal of experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions. This often involves working together with lawyers and private equity parties.
Civilence has elected to specialise in the field of corporate law. Top quality is guaranteed because the work is carried out by teams of experienced corporate lawyers (civil-law notaries and deputy civil-law notaries) who are actively and personally involved. Study, passion, and enjoyment are key factors here.
WHAT DO WE OFFER TO INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES THAT ARE COMING TO ESTABLISH THEMSELVES IN THE NETHERLANDS?
Civilence can assist companies wishing to establish themselves in the Netherlands with all corporate legal services of the transition to the Netherlands. Civilence can advise on the legal structure and its implementation, set up a legal entity such as a private company with limited liability and register the legal entity in the trade register of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. Once established in the Netherlands, Civilence will be able to maintain the company structure and assist with all corporate governance issues, transactions, employee participation, establishing collateral, corporate legal advice, second opinions and so on.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A COMPANY COMING TO THE NETHERLANDS?
If you are considering moving your company to the Netherlands, it is important that you engage the services of the right parties. These should be parties that make the move to the Netherlands easier and as smooth as possible. These must be reliable parties with extensive experience in this specific area. In order to avoid legal and tax surprises, it is also important to timely find out the desired legal structure and, in particular, the tax consequences. You can only do it right once.
Marcel van Soest