The UBO register will apply to all companies incorporated in the Netherlands. Although it is not possible to avoid the registration for such companies, one can make it more difficult for others to find this personal information.
If it is not desirable that information of a personal holding company can be found easily, precautionary measures could be taken. We have listed a couple of measures that can be considered:
- Ensure that the shares in the holding company are not completely held by one single person. If all shares are held by one single shareholder, the Chamber of Commerce will mention this person (or entity) as the sole shareholder. If for example one share is issued to someone else (children or spouse), no information whatsoever is mentioned about the shareholders in the trade register.
- Use a fictitious name and avoid using the name of the UBO in the name of the company. In order to make it more difficult to be found, Mr. Jones should not name the company Jones Holding BV.
- Use an address other than the address where the operating company is registered. Also, do not use the private address of the UBO because interested people will first search on known addresses.
- Appoint another director for the holding company. Instead of the UBO, another person could be appointed as a director.
Maprima - as a licensed trust office - can be of assistance with the above measures. If you choose to register your personal holding company at our office address, it will be much more difficult to find your company. In addition, we frequently act as a professional director for companies and as such can take care of the director’s position for you.
If the above precautionary measures do not seem to adequately protect your privacy, please inquire about our other options.