Our team International Desk can help you further

The International Desk: your mainstay in international business
As an international company, you may run into issues you had not anticipated when establishing or running a business in the Netherlands or abroad. For example: You may want to open a branch office in the Netherlands. How do you ensure that you’re fully informed and prepared to handle all the legal issues you might encounter? Or, you might want to bring a highly skilled migrant from a non-EU country to the Netherlands. How do you go about obtaining a visa, residence permit, employment contract, etc.?  Perhaps you’ve been sent a commercial contract with a service provider. How can you be sure that the General Terms & Conditions won’t weaken your legal position?

When doing business internationally, either as a company or as an individual, you’ll quickly discover that there are many legal and cultural differences between your home country and the Netherlands. Our International Desk attorneys know what those differences are, but they’re also on hand to point out the similarities and help you avoid possible pitfalls. Our attorneys are more than willing to guide you through any legal and cultural issues you may encounter.

  • We speak your language
    Our Desks are also equiped with several native speakers of: Spanish, Berber, Croatian, English, German and French. Our attorneys’ areas of specialisation include international private law.
  • We understand international cultures
    We stay up to speed on international trends and developments, both business and cultural. Our attorneys have a wide range of experience of international business, which has taught them how to handle ands advise you regarding cultural differences.
  • We know our way around the world
    We also work intensively with law firms established in all of the world’s major commercial centers that are united in ADVOC, a global network of law firms. As one of the founders of ADVOC we belive in cooperation tot provide you with the right knowledge of local laws and regulations.

Our legal services for international entrepreneurs

Employment law

  • Dismissal law
  • Employee participation law
  • Employment contracts
  • Flexible employment relationships
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation clauses
  • Management contracts, executive regulations, and secondment agreements
  • Pension

Business Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Acquisition or sale of companies (share and asset transactions);
  • Joint ventures and partnerships between companies;
  • Equity participation and private investments;
  • Mergers and demergers/divisions;
  • Shareholder and management agreements;
  • Shareholder disputes;
  • Confidentiality agreements and letters of intents;
  • Purchase/sales agreements and guarantees/warranties;
  • Assistance with legal due diligence investigations.

Property law

  • Drafting and assessing building contracts
  • Drafting and assessing tenant contracts
  • Advising on limitation of liability


  • Advising and guidance on implementing GDPR regulations
  • Drafting, assessing and implementing a Databreach protocol
  • Drafting, assessing and implementing Privacy and Cookie statement
  • Assessing Privacy audits

Commercial contracts

  • Setting up General Terms & Conditions
  • Setting up and advising on commercial contracts
  • Advise and litigate on matters regarding liability

Sharing our knowledge
In our How to do Business in the Netherlands series of articles, we share our legal knowledge in various areas with you. The articles form an excellent reference guide for entrepreneurs. The currently published How to do Business in the Netherlands articles are:
How to do business in the Netherlands: how to dismiss employees
How to do Business in the Netherlands: real estate and tenancy law
How to do Business in the Netherlands: how to hire
How to do Business in the Netherlands: how to use general terms and conditions
How to do Business in the Netherlands: incorporation of the most popular limited liability company
How to do Business in the Netherlands: intellectual property
How to do Business in the Netherlands: the one-tier board as an alternative governance model for international companies

ADVOC: International network of attorneys
Boels Zanders Advocaten is an active member of ADVOC. This worldwide network of law firms allows us to be of service all over the world. You can always count on quality, even internationally. For legal issues in Germany or Belgium, Boels Zanders has a Belgian Desk and a German Desk.

The International Desk is partner of the Holland Expat Centre South.


How may I be of service to you
Janou Briaire
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