The UBO register contributes to the prevention of the use of the financial system for money laundering and terrorist financing. The UBO register makes it more transparent who is ultimately responsible at organisations established in the Netherlands.

This way, criminals can no longer hide their financial-economic crime behind an organisation. In addition, because of the public nature of the register, you can make better informed decisions about who you do business with. The register stems from European legislation. Each EU country must keep a UBO register. In the Netherlands, the management of the UBO register is entrusted to the Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

What are UBOs?

UBOs (Ultimate Beneficial Owners) are persons who either own, or have the final responsibility for, a company or organisation.
Think of persons who :

  • have more than 25% of the shares in a private limited company
  • or people who have more than 25% ownership interest in a vof
  • or more than 25% voting rights in an amendment to the articles of association of a foundation.

Every company/organization has one or more UBOs.

Which UBO needs to register?

Companies / organisations with the following legal forms are obliged to register their UBO(s):

  • non-listed private and public limited companies
  • foundations
  • associations:
    • with full legal capacity
    • with limited legal capacity but with enterprise
  • mutual insurance associations
  • cooperatives
  • partnerships: companies with limited liability, general partnerships and limited liability partnerships
  • shipping companies
  • European public limited companies (SE)
  • European cooperative societies (SCE)
  • European Economic Interest Groupings (EEIG) which, according to their statutes, have their registered office in the Netherlands

Deadline for registration of the UBO

Register your UBO(s) before 27 March. After 27 March you are in violation. The Bureau of Economic Enforcement (BEH) of the Tax Authorities will check this. Organisations may then be fined or receive community service.

Register the UBO(s)

The UBO(s) are registered by means of a UBO declaration via the Chamber of Commerce. This can be done in writing or online.
If you have several companies/organisations, you have to file the UBO declaration per company/organisation.

Need help?

The advisors of AAme are eager to help you with your registration statement. Please contact us via or call 015-2158815.

Also read our previously published blog:

M. (Max) Stuijfzand

Team Manager Back Office (present: mo. to fr.)

+31 (0)15 820 00 47

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