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Amsterdam, the place to settle

November 2011 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Russell Advocaten .

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The unique possibility to declare collective settlements in Class Action cases binding upon all aggrieved parties only exists in The Netherlands. This possibility is based on the Dutch Collective Settlements Act (WCAM). Recently, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal has even opened its doors for cases that bind mostly non-Dutch nationals as well. To foreign (including U.S.) companies, it can be an attractive alternative solution to settle claims from victims residing in different countries, because it is a choice opportunity that can be used to end cross border mass disputes.

Forming a company in the Netherlands

November 2011 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Russell Advocaten .

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The Netherlands and Dutch law The Netherlands is a perfect business location for foreign entrepreneurs (2,000 subsidiaries in Amsterdam, 140,000 jobs). It is the gateway to densely populated Western Europe and has a well-developed logistic and technical infrastructure.

Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

November 2011 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by Russell Advocaten .

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Dutch Law distinguishes two categories of commercial premises. Depending on the type of premises or the purpose for which it is used, they are referred to as:

1.  so-called “290-premises”. This category includes shops, restaurants, hotels and other premises that all have in common that they are open to the public;

2.  so-called “230a-premises”. This is a separate category for premises that do not qualify as 290-premises or as (private) residential premises. Offices, for example, are 230a-premises.

 

Dutch Labour Law

July 2010 - Litigation & Dispute Resolution. Legal Developments by Russell Advocaten .

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Foreign employers in the Netherlands should realize that there are many Dutch legal provisions protecting the interests of all employees working in the Netherlands. These are, among other legal provisions, the rules regarding holidays, minimum wages, working hours, employment of (partly) disabled workers, equal treatment, dismissals, works councils, collective bargaining (CAO), health and safety at the workplace, social security and social assistance. In the following, a few issues of Dutch labour law will be explained.

Labour Law

October 2009 - Employment. Legal Developments by Russell Advocaten .

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As a foreign employer in the Netherlands, it is important to know that there are many legal provisions that protect the interests of the employee. These are, among others, provisions regarding holidays, minimum wages, working hours and employment of disabled employees. As a consequence, you are not entirely free in concluding employment agreements. In this article, mr. Jan Dop will discuss the definition, contents and termination of an employment agreement, as well as matters relating to sickness of employees and discrimination. He will also give practical information on working conditions, pregnancy and parental leave.

Dealing With The Dutch Part III

August 2008 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Russell Advocaten .

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Air law - discusses the legal aspects of air transportation with a focus on the transportation of cargo. Insolvency law -  discusses a number of questions with regard to insolvency. Administrative law - When you set up a business in the Netherlands, there are many detailed government regulations you will have to deal with. Immigration law - discusses the rules for immigration. Diplomatic mission - discusses the limits of diplomatic immunity and how they are defined, the consequences of diplomatic status and the situations in which Dutch law is applicable

Dealing with the Dutch, Part II

February 2008 - Employment. Legal Developments by Russell Advocaten .

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Dealing with the Dutch is an introduction to the most important legal regulations for entrepreneurs who wish to set up a company in the Netherlands as well as for those who already do business with the Dutch. This document mainly offers practical information with regard to the possibilities and impossibilities of doing business in the Netherlands. Employment contracts, leases, contracts of carriage as well as consumer purchases and general conditions will be discussed. In addition, this document will cover more specific subjects such as company structures, employee participation, the permit system and the rules with regard to staying in the Netherlands.

Dealing with the Dutch

June 2007 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Russell Advocaten .

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The Netherlands is widely regarded as an important gateway to Europe due to its strategic position. Having been a trading nation for centuries, it has an open economy and a global outlook. In addition, the country offers a highly skilled, multilingual workforce and a high quality of living. As a consequence, the Netherlands has always been a popular business location for foreign companies.