3. Oktober 2023


As from 1 January 2024, it will be possible to electronically incorporate a Dutch private limited liability company (“BV”) in the Netherlands. The new act making this possible ensues from a European Directive which should have been transposed into Netherlands law by 1 August 2022, but, as is often the case, the Netherlands failed to meet this deadline.

Ihr Kontakt: Martina F.M. Priekaar

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19. September 2023


HEUSSEN is proud to announce that it has been ranked in two practice areas in the IFLR1000 2023 edition and that its Banking & Finance partner and Head of German Desk Sandy van der Schaaf has been ranked as a Rising Star partner. IFLR1000 is a guide to the world’s leading financial and corporate law firms and is focused on benchmarking law firms and lawyers on the basis of financial and corporate transactional work.

Ihr Kontakt: Sandy van der Schaaf

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14. August 2023

Legislative bill to amend shareholder dispute resolution procedure

On 21 April 2023, the legislative bill on the amendment of the dispute resolution procedure for shareholders and clarification of admissibility requirements for inquiry proceedings (the "Wagevoe Bill") was submitted to the Council of State (Raad van State) for advice. On 28 June 2023, this body issued its opinion thereon. Below, a number of important topics of the Wagevoe Bill are discussed.

Ihr Kontakt: Rick J. Dijksterhuis

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11. August 2023

Act on the Transposition of the European Mobility Directive enters into force

On 1 September 2023, the Act on the Transposition of the Directive on cross-border conversions, mergers and demergers (the “Act”) will enter into force. The Act seeks to transpose European Directive (EU) 2019/2121 (the "Mobility Directive") into Dutch law. The Mobility Directive, which entered into force on 1 January 2020 and should have already been transposed into national law by 31 January 2023, aims to promote freedom of establishment for capital companies within the European Union ("EU"), while also strengthening the rights of stakeholders. This is achieved by introducing new rules on cross-border conversions and demergers and adapting the already existing rules on cross-border mergers.

Ihr Kontakt: Willem Engels

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24. Juli 2023

Reporting obligation CO2 emissions

In 2019 the so-called Climate Agreement was concluded in the Netherlands. One of the commitments is to reduce annual CO2 emissions from work-related passenger mobility by at least 1.5 megatons by 2030. The agreement was further elaborated in the decree "CO2 reduction from work-related passenger mobility".

Ihr Kontakt: Sam E.J.M. van Well

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18. Juli 2023

The restructuring plan under the WHOA

The Act on the court approval of private restructuring plans (Wet Homologatie Onderhands Akkoord or WHOA) makes it easier for a company in financial distress to sit down with its creditors and shareholders at the negotiating table in order to agree upon a reduction of its debt burden as set out in a restructuring plan. Such a restructuring plan can be submitted to the court for ratification (homologatie). After ratification of the restructuring plan, all affected creditors or shareholders are bound by the terms of the plan.

Ihr Kontakt: Christina F.J. Oudakker

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12. Juli 2023


Das niederländische Gesetz zur Bestätigung des außergerichtlichen Vergleichs (Wet Homologatie Onderhands Akkoord, im Folgenden: das WHOA) ist, ebenfalls wie das Unternehmensstabilisierungs- und -restrukturierungsgesetz (StaRUG), am 1. Januar 2021 in Kraft getreten. Ebenso wie das StaRUG, führt das WHOA ein präventives Restrukturierungsverfahren ein, dass eine effektive Restrukturierung eines Unternehmens in der Krise ermöglicht, um Insolvenzen von lebensfähigen Unternehmen abwenden zu können.

In diesem Newsletter werden wir eine Bilanz nach 2,5 Jahren WHOA ziehen und einen kurzen Überblick über das niederländische WHOA-Verfahren geben. Zudem werden wir bestimmte Themen des WHOAs mit dem StaRUG vergleichen.  

Ihr Kontakt: Sandy van der Schaaf

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12. Juli 2023

Upcoming Seminar | Dutch litigation: several things to know and practical tips for Chinese companies in case of disputes in the Netherlands

On September 7, 2023, at 16:00, HEUSSEN will hold a seminar on how to deal with legal disputes that Chinese companies in the Netherlands may face. Herman Ruiter, Luuk Rietveld and Dr. Yihua Chen will discuss the Dutch court system and litigation. In addition, the seminar will also explore the Dutch litigation procedures and enforcement of court judgments, alternative dispute resolution methods, and how Chinese companies in the Netherlands can better protect their interests and mitigate their legal risks. 

Ihr Kontakt: Dr. Yihua Chen LL.M.

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